Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
My Great Master in Heaven,
The Savior is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). I do not mean that You, O God, have a physical body; but in Christ we see Your deity veiled by the humanity of Jesus. As the old Christmas carol puts it, “Veiled in flesh the godhead see; hail the incarnate deity.” Through Jesus Christ, we see God in a way that we humans can understand.
Lord, I call You “Master,” for indeed You are and I am Your servant. But sometimes, Lord, I live like I am the master and You are the Servant! Help me to remember that it is about You, not me. What an easy thing to say and what a hard thing to live. Like John the Baptist, help me realize that “He must increase and I must decrease” (John 3:30). Deliver me from a divided heart (Psalm 86:11), a real condition with which I struggle and a battle I sometimes lose.
Help me to resist temptation and the lures of the Satan today. He and his hoards are on the prowl, but help me not to be ignorant of his schemes. Help me overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).
Lord, help me to remember not to make decisions based upon my emotions. Help me not to confuse the emotional with the spiritual. Help me remember that, “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool” (Proverbs 28:26); instead, help me cling to Your Word and the direction given by wise fellow-believers. Help me be cautious and wise in making decisions and to weigh the long-term effects of my choices carefully and realistically.
Father, I remember the African nation of Liberia in prayer. Thank You that over 9% of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals while almost 5% of the population in other churches claim to be born-again. The evangelical church has its work cut out. With disease, language barriers and the effects of civil war—coupled with the tendency of people to blend Christianity with paganism—it makes for slow and tedious progress. O Lord, help the people of Liberia to respond to the Gospel in great numbers, doubling the number of believers over the next decade. But even more so, improve the quality of the believers. May Your Spirit hover over this land.
Thank You, Lord, for Christian Aid as they send “financial help to over 700 evangelistic ministries based in lands of great poverty or where evangelical Christians are a persecuted minority.” They “work among unreached peoples.... These missions...send out native missionaries—over 90,000 now on the field...plant new churches—over 52,000 each year...conduct evangelistic campaigns, broadcast on radio and TV, distribute literature” and are “training 40,000 new workers in hundreds of Bible institutes.” They also provide “assistance to victims of persecution, diseases and disasters.” O Father, empower this work by Your Spirit, provide for their needs, grant them harmony and effectiveness in the tasks to which You have called them, I pray. Protect them and direct them, my Lord.
Use me today, I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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