Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are the Ancient of Days. You, O Lord, not only go back to the beginning of all things, but You go back before all things. There was a time when there was no time, yet You were there. As we learned in geometry, we are like a ray; we have a starting point and go on eternally, but You are like a line, eternal in both directions. You are the Ancient of Days and this implies You have an eternal wisdom, too.
Yes, my past carries some negative memories, but it carries some pleasant ones as well. I can be tempted to live in the past. My past carries some pleasant memories as well. Help me not to glamorize the past (Ecclesiastes 7:16), but to remember that You are always active in my life. Although there are things about the past that I love to remember, help me to press forward to the goal You have set for me (Philippians 3:13). The best days are ahead (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Your Word tells me that if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me those sins, and You will purify me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). I accept responsibility for my sins and freely bring the sins Your Spirit brings to my mind now: __________.
Help me, Lord, to be assertive—to be able to ask for what I want—but to avoid being demanding. Help me obey the Golden Rule when it comes to making requests, to do unto others as I would have them do unto me.
Lord, today I remember that nation that is especially near and dear to Your heart, the nation of Israel. Your Word reveals that Your determination to bless Israel remains firm (Jeremiah 31:36-37, Romans 11:29). Yet few of the children of Israel know Jesus, Yeshua, as Messiah. Thank You that the number of believing Jews (Messianic Jews) has increased from 200 to 7,000 with Israel, yet only two-tenths of one percent of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals. I look forward to the time when the nation of Israel will turn to Christ in droves (Zechariah 12:10), but I pray that many would come to know You before those times. I also pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Father, praise Your Name for Wycliffe Bible Translators and the great work they do! Over "5000 active members from 46 countries...help build the church around the world and give people access to the words of life." Wycliffe seeks to translate the Scriptures into the mother tongue of every language group: "Already Wycliffe workers have helped to complete 611 translations, making God's Word available to more than 76 million people." Over 380 million people cannot read a Bible in their native language because it is yet to be translated into that language. Wycliffe's goal is to have a translation project started in each one of these languages by 2025. O Lord, help them reach this lofty goal to Your glory. Provide for them, grant them safety, harmony and empower them by Your Spirit. Raise up Christians to help complete the task.
Now use me today, I pray in the Messiah's Name, Amen.
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