Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Helper of the helpless,
Thank You, Jesus Christ, that You are God. You are the Son, the Word and the exact representation of the Father. You are also a sinless man. You are the God-man, the Savior of the World. Your divinity had no beginning, but is eternal. As God the Son, You have always existed. Your humanity had a beginning within the virgin's womb. But even Your humanity is special, for Your human nature is the firstborn of all creation—it has the preeminence. And from the time Your human nature was conceived, Your two natures are united in one Person. We cannot understand the mystery of it all; we can merely define the boundaries Your Word gives us!
But Lord Jesus, You experienced all this for a reason, to be our Redeemer and Savior—as part of a plan to glorify the Father, Son and Spirit. You were the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. All was created around Your sacrifice and resurrection to Your glory.
Lord, use my mouth to bless others. Help me remember that, "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones" (Proverbs 16:24). Help me remember that it is easier to damage others with my words than it is to build them up!
Lord, sometimes I have not because I ask not, so I am asking. Please meet the following needs, requests and desires as You see fit: __________.
Help me with my thought life today. Help me think positive and pleasant thoughts today, thoughts that please You.
Lord, I pray that You would strengthen the marriages in my family, among my friends and within my church family. Put a hedge of protection around them and help these folks to be determined to make their marriage work. Send help to them and may they avail themselves of books, seminars and counseling. Help them build their marriages upon You.
I remember the nation of Japan in my prayers. O Father, this nation seems to be so resistant to the Gospel. Cults like Moonies and Mormons are growing faster than the evangelical church! Only four-tenths of one percent of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals, despite religious freedom. Only 10% of the population believes in a Personal God. The church has not really grown since 1960, but has barely held its own. O Father, break through with the power of Your Spirit, I pray!
Thank you for the ministry of Gideons International whose "sole purpose is to win men, women, boys and girls to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.... Members of The Gideons International place and distribute scriptures in 181 countries in 82 languages.... Annually, The Gideons International is placing and distributing more than 63,000,000 Scriptures worldwide." Indeed, hotels, prison, military, universities, domestic violence shelters, fire departments...are places stocked with Gideon Bibles. Lord, provide for this ministry, give harmony to the members and empower their work by Your Spirit!
Now help me reflect Your character to others today, I ask in Jesus' Name, Amen.
Highland Park Church
516 West Sycamore Street
Kokomo, Indiana, USA