Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Dear Abba Father,
You are the Father of Mercies (2 Corinthians 1:3). You delight in showing mercy over and over again to Your creation and to human beings in particular. You are so merciful that we presume upon Your mercy and we are surprised on those occasions when You pull back Your mercy. We thank You not only for Your mercies which keep us alive and sustain us, the rain for our crops or the health we have—but we especially appreciate the spiritual blessings You offer us. Through Jesus Christ, we escape what we deserve (Your mercy) and You grant us a favored status (Your grace). Thank You for being the Father of mercies!
Lord, I empty myself before You so that Your Spirit may fill me. May I find my strength in His power, not my own. May Your Spirit control me today.
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.).
Today I pray for the small Pacific Island of Nauru. Thank You that 9% of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals. Continue to use the Jesus film to reach people. I pray that the number of believers there would triple over the next decade and use this island as a spiritual lighthouse in the region.
Thank You for the ministry of Children to Love International. "As a result of [their] efforts, orphaned children are becoming fully devoted followers of Christ through the ministry of Christian churches in their country.... Every effort is extended to meet the goal of having children discipled by the local Christian churches in Romania. This is the primary way they...grow in their spiritual life." We know that Romania has tens of thousands of orphaned and abandoned children. Help these missionaries as they love them in Jesus' Name.
I pray for college and university students everywhere. Lord, college professors—especially in the social sciences—are noted to be negative, cynical and out to destroy the faith of Christians or others who stand in the way of their agendas. Thank You that not all are this way. Help all professors to learn to respect their students and their views, even if they disagree with them. Help them hold back from intimidation and persuasion by mockery. Keep them from exploiting a captive audience. Instead, may they respectfully educate their students as to the nature of various viewpoints and to encourage them to think reasonably. O Father, stop the virus of cynicism and intimidation. May Your children not be moved by professors with egos out to replicate themselves.
Bless those who work as earth drillers. Whether it is drilling for water, oil, natural gas, or a number of projects, give them safety and help them to do their jobs well. May those who know You shine and help them to share Jesus with their comrades.
Now open my eyes to Your will for me today, I pray in Christ's Name, Amen.
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