Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Lord of Mercies and God of Comfort,
You are the Light of the World. Although nature reflects many truths about You, such truths are muted and confused by the effects of the curse of the Fall into sin. Nature may expound Your glory, majesty, power and reveal Your wrath, but Your works are only echoes of Who You are. You are Light and in You is no darkness at allónot one bit. You dwell in inapproachable light, yet You enlighten those who come to know Christ and who seek Your face. Your light speaks of Your purity, Your spirituality and Your distinction as the uncreated and uncaused Creator Who is separate from His creation.
As my Mighty Fortress and Rock of Defense, You, O Lord, are out for my best interest. Sometimes I doubt this. I am more prone to believe this in theory than in practice. As I sit in my cushioned chair, it is easy to say that my trust is in You, but in the trenches of daily life, I am often fearful, worried and mistrusting. Help me, O God, to let my convictions affect the realities of my daily life. May I trust You not merely on paper or with lip service but in truth.
I pray for my lost friends and family members, including: __________. Father, please send Your Spirit to draw them to Yourself and grant them the repentance that leads to life.
Omnipotent One, I pray for the nation of Kenya. Thank You for the religious freedom that reigns there and for the great response to the Gospel: almost 36% of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals, yet only 12% of the population attends church regularly. The problem of "nominalism" is growing, so Lord, please revive Your children there! Alongside this poor church attendance is the AIDS epidemic which infects about 14% of the population leaving many orphans as a consequence. O Lord, if Your people would walk with You, how many miseries would be averted!
Lord, I pray for those who are suffering from AIDS and other like diseases. Although many have received these sexually-transmitted diseases through sinful behavior not all have done so. Innocent children, faithful spouses, or those receiving blood transfusions, etc. have all been struck with these diseases. But even among those who have become infected through practices which are against Your revealed will, we know that all of us have sinned in varying ways and to varying degrees; when we turn from our sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ all our sins are forgiven. We pray, Lord, that all who suffer from such diseases will come to know Jesus. We pray that You would heal them, according to Your will. If You choose not to heal them, give them better health and help them use their remaining days to serve You. Bless and guide those who serve these folks; thank You for their ministries of mercy and love. Help all Your children avoid immoral practices and help the rest of us to not look down upon those who have such a past.
Now, God use me to serve You this day, I ask in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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