Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Your Word refers to Your Son as the “Chief Shepherd” (1 Peter 5:4). And that He is. Although we may have pastors (shepherds) who try to nurture our faith and train us, they are all accountable to the Chief Shepherd and—if true to the Word—are His servants. While it is very important for us to respect them, we do more than respect our Lord Jesus Christ: we worship Him as the incarnation of God Almighty! Thank You that He watches over our souls; keep us from resisting Him and fighting His leading. He speaks to us by His Spirit through His Word; help us pay attention and seek His direction. When He corrects us with His rod, it is not pleasant; help us remember that He is out for our good. He is not just our Shepherd, He is also our Chief.
Lord, I have some specific requests to bring before You today. They are: __________.
First John says that if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me those sins, and You will purify me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). I confess the sins I am aware of now, and I ask Your Spirit to search my heart. (Pause to admit them to God.)
Father, when I disagree with someone, help me disagree agreeably. Let others see that I have found security in You by how I disagree. If my ego, my self-esteem, or confidence is not on the line, others will see it. If on the other hand I view a disagreement as a personal attack, others will see that I do not sense my security in You. So let me be mature, kind but firm, concerned about truth and respecting the rights of others. Let me allow them to determine whether I am presenting truth that is convincing or not.
Today I pray for the tiny Latin American island nation of Montserrat. Thank You that more than 27% of the population claims to be born-again evangelicals, while other born-gain people attend non-evangelical churches in addition. Keep the church strong and help this tiny nation recover from devastation caused by severe volcanic eruptions.
Thank You, Father, for Athletes in Action, founded to “capitalize on society's great love of sports and utilize the platform given to athletes to reach the world for Jesus Christ. Included in the ministry efforts of AIA are ministry to college and professional athletes and coaches. International competing teams partner with in-country staff and other mission organizations to resource ministry around the world. AIA's media tools and materials expose millions of sports fans to the Gospel each year.” Father, grant harmony to the staff and volunteers, empower them by Your Spirit, provide for and protect them and may they see more fruit every year!
Lord, I pray for subway, streetcar, and other rail transportation workers. Give them safety, help them serve their passengers well and may many come to know You.
Now use me today to bear witness to Jesus Christ, I ask in His wonderful Name, Amen.
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