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Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
July 8
by Ed Vasicek

Mighty God,

Thank You that Your ways are not like ours. We think bigger is better or more is better. We think comfort and prosperity are what makes life meaningful. But You teach us otherwise. When they built Solomon's Temple with all its splendor, the people were not as dedicated to You as those who built the simple Temple of Ezra. In Ezra's day, the people celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles with zeal and obedience unseen since the days of Joshua (Nehemiah 8:17). You taught us that "success" as defined by the world is worthless (Luke 9:25). Indeed, You are the God of the remnant. Help us to value what You value, for this is often counterintuitive for us. Thank You that Your thoughts are above ours, but thank You that You want us to learn from You and of You.

Lord, I am thankful for many things three of which are: __________.

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.

Lord, I know the church gathers so that believer can build one another up in their faith, the result of this is spiritual maturity as seen in faith, hope and love. Help me to become a more mature Christian. This does not happen in giant leaps but by small baby steps. Help me make those steps. I also pray for the following, that they do would grow a little more every week: __________.

Father, help me be an approachable person. When another comes to correct me, may I not react in anger or laugh it off; instead let me assess the criticism and determine how true it is, if it is. May I learn about myself and seek to change what needs to improve with Your help. Let me be the wise person who accepts and welcomes reproof.

Lord, I remember the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea. Thank You that over 21% of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals. Thank You for the freedom of religion in this land and the many good things You are doing. Yet, Lord, there is a lot of compromise with the previous pagan beliefs: witchcraft, evil spirits, etc. Additionally there are many unreached people groupsand at least 133 languages in this nation need a translation in their own language with perhaps several hundred more people groups needing their own language version. Lord, help the Gospel be brought into every area of life for each believer and may this nation become a strong bastion for the faith of the Bible.

Thank You for Hospitals of Hope. They operate a hospital in Bolivia seeking opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and demonstrate His love. In addition to this work, they offer a "hospital in a can," as they supply medical supplies for missionaries in several nations—18 thus far. O Lord, please provide for this ministry, use them to reach out with the love of Christ, grant them harmony and great fruit for their labor in both the physical and spiritual realm, I ask.

Now use me today to bless others, I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Pastor Ed

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