Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
My Wonderful Lord,
You are my best Friend, out for my best interest. You are Abba, my affectionate Father.
You are my Shepherd, my King, and my Tower of Refuge. But You are also my Judge. Thank You Father that as a believer in Jesus Christ, I will be judged through Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. I will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10), and all my works will be evaluated for the purpose of determining my rewards in Glory. Although I am saved by grace through faith apart from my works (Ephesians 2:8-9), I was saved to glorify God by—among other things—my works (Ephesians 2:10). Help me balance that I have been accepted in Christ with the truth that I am also accountable.
Father, I have learned that I cannot succeed in the Christian life by sheer will power, trying harder, or working up enthusiasm. It takes the daily routine of prayer and Bible study plus being engaged in active ministry of some kind. But even more so it takes Your Spirit's work within otherwise what I do is forced and contrived. Create in me a willing heart. Please continue to work in me. Help me be faithful in the routine of life; keep me from going the way of making "decision after decision," as though there were a quick fix for all my areas of weakness. Instead, give me a hunger of You.
Lord, strife within families is awful. Please bring together members of my family or of a family I know who are at odds with other family members. We ask that the offenders would embrace repentance, apology, restitution and taking responsibility. Help them to be reasonable and willing to establish credibility over time, if that is what is needed. And we pray that those offended would be gracious, yet not naïve. We know some situations can never be fixed, but we pray that many relationships would be reconciled.
Today I remember the small countries included under the term, "Micronesia" including the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Northern Marianas and Palau. These small nations are affiliated with the U.S. in varying ways and there is a high percentage that professes to be born-again evangelical, averaging over 20% per country. Yet many professing Christians still practice native superstitions and these nations are weak when it comes to sexual morality. Lord, raise up strong leaders from within the church and help the Christians there to take deep root and forsake their pagan heritage.
Bless the ministry of Seamen's International Christian Association as they distribute literature in various American ports to sea merchants and their crews who hail from around the world. Seamen's uses literature in a variety of languages and serves as a way to "seed the Gospel" to remote areas or closed countries as individuals from around the world dock at American ports.
Now, Father, help me carry on responsibly with today's challenges, I pray, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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