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Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
May 18
by Ed Vasicek

Father,

Your Son is the Beloved (Matthew 12:18) in whom You are well pleased. You are only well pleased with us when we are in Christ by faith because those who are in the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:8). Father, You have delighted in Your Son from eternity past and You delighted in Him when He emptied Himself to become a man. You were please with how He lived and You were satisfied with His death as a complete sin offering. You, the Spirit, and He Himself all had part in His resurrection and He ascended up to heaven to sit at the place of honor, Your right hand.

My Master, I am tired of being in a hurry. I hurry to pray before a meal with my family because it is so hard to get them all at the table at once. I hurry to work in some prayer time. O Father, help me better budget my time, to learn to say no and to live at a more leisurely pace. Help me to be more concerned about pleasing You than making other people happy or avoiding their complaints. Help me live a balanced life based upon a reasoned mix of events and adapted to who I am, not who the workaholics, over-energized, or guilt-driven are. May godly reason and balance tame the wild monster of extremism and frenzy.

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.

Today I remember the Anhui Province of China with its 63 million people. Thank You that anywhere from 3 to 12 million people in this region claim to be Christians, most of them evangelical. O Lord, persecution by the government sometimes gets intense, and we pray that 1) the persecution might stop, 2) that the persecutors would be won to Christ, 3) that You would give the Christians wisdom to evade persecution and 4) that You would strengthen them when they are persecuted. May the church continue to grow and grow in this province. May Your Spirit continue to hover over this nation!

Thank You for Helps International Ministries whose purpose is "to strengthen and equip evangelical Christian ministries in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, worldwide, by providing various 'helps' as found in 1 Corinthians 12:28...a faith supported missionary sending agency and a service mission to world missions.... HIM provides services to assist the body of Christ in various areas of need such as: Bible teaching and leadership training in overseas seminaries, Bible colleges and pastors' conferences, church planting in areas of unreached people groups, Christian counseling, short-term mission trips and evangelistic events for teens and adults, short-term medical mission trips abroad. HIM assists with financial support of national church leadership, Bible college faculty and other national Christian workers and organizations as approved by the HIM Board of Directors." Bless this work, O Lord. Give them harmony, wisdom and the empowerment of Your Spirit.

Now empower me to serve You today, I ask in the Messiah's Name, Amen.

Pastor Ed

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If you are interested, you can find more information about the missions organization(s) noted above.

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