Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are not a God with needs or issues. You are a completely independent God. You do not need us; You are complete in Yourself. Yet you choose to befriend us, to love us, to feel with us and to experience emotions toward us. You allow Yourself to be grieved, so we are urged not to grieve the Holy Spirit. Your wrath burns against the non-repentant and You rejoice with us when we rejoice and You share our grief when we grieve. You sent Your Son to pay the price of our redemption not because You had to redeem us but because You chose to do so. Human hands do not serve you as though You needed anything nor do you dwell in temples we build (Acts 17:24-25).
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, I pray for my health. My body is special, for You created not only man's spiritual nature but also His physical body. Since my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), I should care for it. Abusing my body by harsh treatment does nothing to make me more godly (Colossians 2:23). Yet keep me from being obsessed with it; help me place the focus upon the spiritual (1 Timothy 4:8).
Lord, today I remember the nations in which believers are persecuted, facing death, dismemberment, torture, rape, sexual abuse, imprisonment, slavery, or confiscation of goods. The ten worst nations for persecution include: Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Laos, China, Turkmenistan, Iran, North Korea, Vietnam and Maldives. O Father, may these and the others among the 86 persecuting countries become enlightened in the realm of human dignity and God-given rights, including the right we have to choose and practice our religious convictions. May the persecutors themselves be won to faith in Christ, may the governments mandate and enforce the recognition of true religious freedom and help believers by granting them an extra portion of wisdom. Help them to evade persecution when possible and help them to find their strength in You when they cannot. Bless those ministries (Open Doors and Voice of the Martyrs and others) that seek to minister to these victims. May believers everywhere remember the persecuted church in prayer.
Thank You, Lord, for the European Christian Mission International, "an international and interdenominational organization...called by God and commissioned by local churches to serve in partnership in the evangelization of the peoples of Europe. [They] are currently working in 18 countries of Europe with approaching 200 workers and partners from 20 countries around the world serving with [them].... Ministries extend beyond these areas through radio, literature and technology initiatives." O Lord, bless this outreach and reignite what few embers remain in Europe. May Your Spirit move mightily and grant many the repentance that leads to life. Provide, protect, guide and grant harmony for all staff members, I ask.
Now use me today, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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