Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are a generous God. According to Matthew 5:45, Your generosity extends to both those who love You and those who do not: "He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." Your generosity is connected to Your grace, for grace means that You do favors for us we do not earn or deserveónor can we repay. You often do what You do with extravagance; You are the God who lavishes us with grace.
Lord, help me to handle anger as a gift from You. Like atomic power, anger can be used to help others and provide a needed energy for me to address problems. Or it can be used to destroy and contaminate. If I stuff it, I become depressed or eventually explode. Instead, help me use anger to energize me to tackle problems in a reasonable and effective way. Help me address offenses as they occur so that I do not accumulate "straws," with one eventually breaking the back of the proverbial camel. Help me distinguish between sinful anger, legitimate anger and the type of anger known as righteous indignation.
Lord, sometimes the devil tempts me to misdirect anger. Help me to resist the fiery darts of the devil by taking up the shield of faith. Help me to go on the offense with the sword of the Spirit. May I stand firm, O Lord. Remind me that the Christian life is often a battleground, not always a playground.
Today I remember the Province of India known as Bihar and Jharkhand. Over 75 million people reside in this province and less than 2% of them profess any sort of Christianity. Many Christians are lackluster about their faith and the cultural and social obstacles are many. Of the 200 people groups in the region, 20 are blessed by a significant outreach, 100 groups have new Christian outreaches while 80 have no work at all. Thank You for the 500 new churches in the region; O God, bless them, prosper them and may Your Spirit draw many, many to Yourself! Guide the missionaries and strategists and help the believers to mature and be zealous for You. May the percentage of born-again evangelicals double over the next two years!
I also pray for the Province of Delhi, with its 11 million residents. Less than 1% of the population claim any form of Christianity. Millions dwell in slums. O Lord, work in this poor region; may the number of believers triple over the next five years, I ask.
Today I pray for my church. Help us to reach out to our community, to disciple those who come to faith, and to stay true to You in every way. Bring folks into our church who would benefit from the ministry here and who would have a good effect on the body; lead those who would not benefit here to congregations that will develop them. Keep troublemakers and wolves in sheep clothing far from us, I ask.
Lord, I ask You to send angels to watch over my loved ones and I, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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