Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Thank You, Lord, that You are Yahweh–nissi : “the Lord my banner.” When the children of Israel fought their adversary, God wanted them to remember that He had fought for them and was on their side. He was their banner, their flag identifying where their allegiance was, whose soldiers they were (Exodus 17:15). So we Your children, Lord, are among Your armed forces though we are not armed with weapons for physical warfare. Instead they are spiritual weapons, for we do not fight against flesh and blood.
Lord, I pray for balance in my life. Your Word challenges me in so many areas, it seems like I am on a sailboat sometimes running from one end to the other to keep it from tilting into the water. If I grow in discipline, I find myself becoming less compassionate. If I focus on godly behavior, my zeal for You dissipates. If I focus on overcoming the world, I start viewing lost people as the enemy rather than victims of the enemy. I remember the example of Jesus who socialized with tax collectors and sinners, but I also remember “bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33).
Gracious Master, some of the people I have to deal with are unpleasant or unimaginative. Sometimes my own personality defects make me uninviting! So help me, Lord, to be patient with others but to humble myself and check my own arrogance or rudeness.
Help me to resist temptation and the lures of the Satan today. Help me to remember that my faith is like an anchor to my soul. It reaches through the deep and troubled waters of life and makes a firm connection with the Rock of Ages, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord, I remember the small European nation of Monaco. Even though it is tiny, many vacationers travel through this land. I pray that the meager statistic—namely that 1% of the population claims to be born-again and evangelical—would triple over the next decade. Also, bless the ministries that use Monaco as a production base to reach Muslim countries with the claims of Christ. Lord, multiply the “follow-up” ministries that help disciple new believers, I ask.
Lord, bless the ministry of AIDS Orphans and Street Children “established in 1993 to help care for the nearly 38,000 children who are living in sub-Saharan Africa that have been left orphaned (or who do not have a sustaining family) because of the HIV/AIDS virus. AOSC runs an orphanage in Mozambique and operates AIDS Orphans Rescue Units in several sub-Saharan African nations. Food, clothing, shelter, discipline, Bible studies and practical training in such things as sewing, cooking, construction, gardening, farming and mechanics are provided. [Their] goal for these children is to grow up to be self-sustaining in their adult life.” Lord, empower these workers, provide for them and may many of these children come to know Jesus and live responsible and productive lives, I ask.
Now help me to love You today, I ask in Messiah’s Name, Amen.
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