Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
My Lord Jesus Christ is my great High Priest. He does not qualify to be a priest after the order founded by Aaron. No, His priesthood is after the order of Melchizedek, an order that preceded Aaron's. As a matter of fact, Aaron's forefather, Abraham, paid tithes to Melchizedek! As a sinless high priest, He did not have to offer a sacrifice for his own sins. No, He had and has direct access to You. And He did not offer sacrifices of bulls and goats to make us merely ritually clean so that we could participate in the religious life of Israel. No, His sacrifice cleansed our consciences and our souls. He offered Himself! He is both the priest and the sacrifice. And His sacrifice only needed to be offered once for all time since the infinite Son of God is joined to the human nature of Jesus so that an infinite price has been paid. The sacrifice of Jesus is more than adequate to save all.
Father, help me remember not to take my own revenge, but to leave space for You to do so. Although I can confront or claim the protection offered me by law or policies, many things fall inbetween those cracks. I am tempted to get even. But, Lord, by not getting even, I allow You to deal with matters thoroughly.
Lord, I have some specific requests to bring before You today. They are: __________.
Lord, I am thankful for many things, three of which are: __________.
Lord, I empty myself before You so that Your Spirit may fill me. I find my strength in His power not my own. May Your Spirit control me today.
Father, help me to be a person who thinks ahead. Help me learn the principle of counting the cost, redeeming the time, wisely making decisions and keeping the commitments I make. Keep me from procrastinating and help me to pace myself.
Today I pray for the Andhra Pradesh state of India with its almost 80 million people. Although this area has seen growth over the decades, it has been in spiritual decline. Many Christians have a nominal faith and some have been converted back to Hinduism. This is the only state in India in which the Christian population has declined. Although 1.9% of the population claim some sort of Christianity, at one time it was up to 4.2% in 1971. Lord, reverse the negative trends with strong positive ones. Many areas have no Gospel outreach. Please, Lord, do a great work here.
Thank You, my God, for Ambassadors for Christ, whose mission is to “evangelize and disciple Chinese students and professionals in the United States and other parts of the world, to motivate and equip them to impact the culture for the Lord and to mobilize and channel them into the service of Christ as a vital force for God's Kingdom.” Bless their work, grant them harmony and the power of Your Spirit. Provide for the workers, and help them to develop many disciples for Jesus Christ.
Now, Lord, please send angels to guard me today, I ask in the Name of the Savior, Amen.
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