Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are the one Who "takes out." You chose the nation of Israel for a separate purpose, to be a holy people, not because they earned or deserved it in some way (Deuteronomy 7:6-8). You have "visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for [Your] name" (Acts 15:14). Indeed, the word "church" means the "called out ones." And You are the One Who called forth our Savior from the dead. Your call for me right now, Lord, is to be holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). Although I am legally holy in Your eyes, my walk does not match my talk. Help me to aspire to "walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory" (1 Thessalonians 2:12).
Lord, help me be kind to others. Keep me from mocking them when they are clumsy or make sarcastic remarks or use put-down humor. Help me to correct but not to scold, to assert myself so I do not store up rage, but to assert myself kindly. Keep me from the crude behavior modeled on television and contemporary movies. Alert me to where I need to improve my manners and guide me to books, resources, or people that will help teach me about kindness and courtesy.
Lord, I have some specific requests to bring before You today. They are: __________.
Lord, marriage is hard work, but it is better to work smarter not harder. Help my marriage—and the marriages of those close to me—to be successful. Help marriage partners to focus upon their own failings rather than those of their spouses. Remind each one that the "heart is deceitful and desperately wicked" (Jeremiah 17:9) and therefore it seems to everyone that they got the short end of the stick, that they are not so bad in light of how they have been treated.
Today, I pray for my community. People who need to know Jesus Christ surround me. Many are lonely, depressed—and perhaps even dangerous to themselves or others. Lord, I can't help everyone, but help me to help someone. Give me the wisdom to know whom I should not try to help; a need does not constitute a call. I can't be involved in everything, but help me be involved in something. Keep me from cocooning in my own little world, or using the church to meet my needs while not meeting the needs of others. Even if I am mixing with my community for fun events, I can still be salt and light. Keep me from hiding my light under a bushel and may Your Spirit move mightily in my area.
Thank You, my Father, for Biblical Ministries Worldwide, "a mission agency whose passion is to help churches plant reproducing churches through evangelism, discipleship and leadership development." Thank You for the churches they are planting in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. We pray that You would grant them harmony among themselves, Your Spirit's power to make their ministry effective and pleasing to You, safety, wisdom, bountiful fruit for their labors and provision for their needs.
Now, Lord, provide for my needs today, I ask in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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