Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
God of Wonders,
You are the Lord Who Provides. When Abraham demonstrated that he was willing to offer his son, Isaac, to You, You sent an angel to stop him from doing so. In place of Isaac, You called his attention to a ram which was trapped in the thicket. You provided a sacrifice in place of Isaac. You have done the same for us: You went through with the sacrifice of Your Son to provide salvation for us! Just as the ram was a substitute for Isaac, so Jesus Christ is our substitute. We glorify You and praise Your Name, O Lord, for you have provided us with salvation. You also provide for our daily needs. As Paul put it, "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:32).
Thank You, O Lord, for true churches where the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith alone is taught, and where believers are led in Bible study and prayers directed to God alone, and congregations where most people have been born-again into Your family. We pray that false churches would see the errors of their ways and correct them.
Also let me remember that bad company corrupts good morals. Yet You want me to be in the world and not of it. Help me strike the right balance: to be a positive influence without being corrupted myself. Help me to act wisely and cautiously. Help me never confuse faith with presumption.
Please meet the following needs, requests and desires as You see fit: __________.
O, Lord, please be a help to the hurting, a balm in Gilead for the emotionally wounded and devastated. Strengthen the disappointed, encourage the demoralized, bind up the wounded particularly: __________.
I remember the nation of Hungary, now enjoying religious freedom. Thank You for the 2.7% of the nation who claim to be born-again evangelical believers. But, Lord, good leaders in the church are hard to come by and many Christians are hesitant to share their faith. On the positive side, thank You that the Jesus Film is a big seller in Hungary. We pray that the church would multiply fivefold over the next decade. May Your Spirit do a mighty work in this land. Make Hungary a pleasant surprise to the evangelical world, I ask.
Thank You, my Father, for Walk Thru The Bible, a ministry which they believe has “been called by Jesus Christ to partner with the local church to be a worldwide catalyst for discipleship...by transforming how people think about God, how pastors think about preaching, how churches think about their communities and how every day believers live out their faith at home, school and work.” They attempt to do so through “the creation and distribution of reproducible, cutting-edge and user-friendly biblical teaching, training and tools for lasting life change.” Guide them by Your Spirit, empower them and help them to make more and more progress in achieving these noble goals.
Now I commit myself to You today, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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