Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are El Gadol waw Nora, "the great and terrible God" (Deuteronomy 7:21). The fear we feel for You as Your people makes us revere and respect You, and one day Your enemies will be in fear and dread of Your wrath and rightly so. You show Your might in the way You save Your people, but those who are far from You will experience the terror of Your divine wrath.
Lord, help me face the trials, disappointments, stresses and sorrows of life including: __________.
Remind me that You are growing my faith and that You sometimes use trials to make me stronger in the long run. I will trust You, Lord, even though I do not always understand. Thank You, Lord, that You are pruning me (John 15:2) as a vinedresser does a vine. You do this so that I may bear more fruit.
Thank You, Lord, that as a follower of Jesus Christ, I enjoy fellowshipping with other believers and working together as a family. Help me to love my brothers and sisters in Christ in practical ways (1 John 4:11-12).
Lord, help those looking for work. Guide Your children into fields and places of employment based upon Your purposes. Especially prosper those who work honorably and honestly.
As for me, dear God, help me to be a good steward of the money I must handle. Guide me when it comes to saving and giving, and help me know when to say no. Help me control my money. Do not let money control me.
Today I remember the Asian nation of Myanmar, just north of Thailand. Although freedom of religion exists on paper in this nation, the military regime has a track record of forcing others to convert to Buddhism. Thank You that the evangelical church has grown to 5.2%, despite this pressure and despite the expulsion of missionaries in 1966. Thank You that missionaries have been allowed in. We pray that You would bless the translation work as 14 translations are startedóbut another 14 need to be started as well. O Lord, may the number of believers double within the next decade. Use Christian radio, the Jesus film and the testimony of believers. Provide solid education for church leaders and may the government become more tolerant.
Thank You for the ministry of Caring for China, whose vision "is to share the love of Christ with the people of China by sending Christians to work alongside them. [They] do this by placing teachers of English in positions at universities and secondary schools in China where there is a great need for teachers and by providing suitably qualified, motivated and experienced personnel to care for orphaned, handicapped, abandoned and sick children in cooperation with appropriate local authorities. In addition to providing practical help and care, the outworking of [their] vision involves training local personnel to assist [them] in this work of compassion." O Lord, bless their efforts, give them unity of Spirit, provide for and protect them and may they reach many.
Lord, bless those who work as millwrights. Help them work honestly and may those who know You be bold to share Christ with their peers.
Now help me honor You throughout my day, I pray in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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