Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Your arm is mighty (Psalm 77:15). Although, as God, You are a Spirit and You have no physical body per se (although God the Son is now joined to a body in the Person of Jesus Christ), Your "arm" refers to Your action and strength. The picture is that Your sleeve is rolled up and Your mighty muscles exposed. Although You have neither sleeves nor arms nor muscles, we can relate to this illustration. Thank You for condescending to what we find familiar so that we can better understand You.
Lord, like everyone else, I have fears and insecurities that haunt me. Sometimes they get me depressed or worried. They rob me of the joy You want me to experience. I give them to You and ask You to help me constantly do so. Help me with my thought life today. Help me think positive and pleasant thoughts today, thoughts that please You.
Father, You are sovereign over world events. Lord, I ask that You would grant us a time of peace, safety and freedom, if this is Your will. I know that near the end things will get worse and worse and that there will be no ultimate peace until the Prince of Peace returns to reign. I also pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6).
Lord, help me to be friendly and sociable. May I make the effort to know my neighbors or folks I see everyday. Help me to be a team player within my church, neighborhood and community. If I am to love my neighbor and others, I need to get to know them! Help me overcome social anxieties and may others enjoy my company because Christ has brought me joy.
I pray for the European nation of the Netherlands. Thank You that 4.5% of the population claims to be born-again evangelical. In a way, this is sad because the Dutch nation was at one time one of the most evangelical nations of the world. Although most of the mainline churches have adopted liberalism and left the straightforward faith of the Bible, independent evangelical churches are growing. I praise You for that growth. Thank You that outreach ministries aimed at teens and young adults have been successful. Raise up a new and invigorated generation of believers. Use them, we pray, to make a big difference. May the number of evangelical Christians double over the next decade, I ask.
Lord, bless Engineering Ministries International and its mission "to mobilize Christian design professionals to serve the poor in developing countries—[they] proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ by empowering people to transform their world—through the design and development of hospitals, schools, orphanages, bridges, water supplies, wastewater facilities and more. [They] commit to provide excellent service to our clients, our volunteers, and to people in need.... EMI mobilizes both experienced design professionals and college students and recent graduates" for short or medium term ministry. Use these engineers to lead people to Christ, testify to the grace and compassion of God and to show the love of Christ, I pray.
Use me to show compassion today, I ask in the Master's Name, Amen.
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