Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are the God Who is near and not far away. You are close at hand, right next to me at all times. I do not have to work up a frenzy to enjoy Your presence because Your presence is a reality 24/7, although You can be present in special ways, as, for example, when two or three gather in Your Name. Help me to be anxious for nothing because "the Lord is near."
Help me, O Lord, to express myself to You completely. I do not like it when people complain to me time and time again; even my loved ones get tired of hearing me when I feel whiny and negative. And to deal with angry people, just the thought makes me shudder. But Lord, as I read the Psalms, I see David and others complaining, whining and bringing their disappointments and fears to You time and time again. Lord, we can't wear You out. You never say, "enough, you've filled your quota." Lord, even if we are angry at You, You can take it. You will haggle things out with us and help us gain Your perspective. I have some dear ones of earth who help me, but none can do what You can. Thank You, O Lord, that You are such an accessible God through Jesus Christ.
Father, I have some personal health concerns including: __________. I also pray for the physical, mental, or spiritual health of others including: __________.
I remember the massive nation of India with its over one billion people and its many languages, religions and cultures. Lord, the needs and prayer requests for this nation are overwhelming. About 1.8% of the population claim to be born-again evangelical Christians. Other forms of Christianity are drying up, but thank You that Bible-believing churches are generally thriving and growing. As India becomes more prosperous and the economy improves, this nation is primed to become one of the world's leaders in the future. O, Father, we pray that Your Gospel might penetrate hearts and that the number of believers would multiply tenfold over the next decade. Help the leaders to receive good training and to lead the church in Your direction. We pray that Hindu extremism would die down and that religious freedom would reign. May Your Spirit sweep over this land.
O Lord, thank You for World Concern as they try to help and prevent the exploitation of women and children. They are a "Christian humanitarian organization that provides emergency relief and community development in some of the most neglected areas of the world" with "a worldwide staff of 900 skilled and professional workers, 1300 volunteers, several hundred international partners and thousands of donors whose combined efforts help local communities help themselves." O, Father, help them as they help others and may many come to know Christ in the process. Empower them, grant them harmony among the workers and provide for their needs. May Your Spirit open doors and work in lives through them.
So, Lord, help me to remember Your presence with me today, I pray in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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