Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
When the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness, many of them were arrogant, demanding and had an attitude of entitlement. You let them get hungry before You provided them with manna. You let them get thirsty before You provided them with water from the Rock. So, Lord, You are our Divine Developer. You create a thirst in us which only You can satisfy. You are out for my best interest. You enjoy seeing Your children mature in their faith and You take us in paths we ourselves would not choose.
But too often, Lord, I fail You. 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.).
Lord, strife within families is awful. Please bring together members of my family (or of a family I know) who are at odds with other family members. We ask that the offenders would embrace repentance, apology, restitution and taking responsibility. Help them to be reasonable and willing to establish credibility over time if that is what is needed. And we pray that those offended would be gracious yet not naïve. We know some situations can never be fixed, but we pray that many relationships would be reconciled.
I especially remember those who are seriously ill and have younger children. Lord, we all expect to die—unless delivered by rapture. But, Lord, children need their parents so badly. Please preserve their lives and their health, I ask.
Today I remember the South American nation of Peru. I praise You that 8.7% of the population claims to be born-again evangelical. I thank You for the great growth rate. Father, this nation has experienced many internal wars. We pray that peaceful and just government would be established. Poverty, unreached people groups and native superstition are all challenges for the church. Thank You that translations of the New Testament are in progress for 17 people groups with 12 in planning. Lord, may the number of evangelical believers grow in Peru and may Christian values spread rapidly. Help the nation to become wealthier as these values are put into practice. May Your Spirit draw many to Yourself.
I pray for The International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, "a global fellowship of indigenous national student movements formed in 1947 with the aim of starting and sustaining students witness in every university in the world. From an initial 10 movements, today the work spans more than 140 countries including IVCF in the United States alongside IVCF and GBUC in Canada." Lord, help Christians in these universities to stand strong and find answers to their questions. May they win many others to personal faith in Jesus Christ and see them discipled as Your Spirit empowers, provides and motivates Your children on campus.
I pray for those who work as home appliance repairers. May they do their work well. Help them to be fair, honest and wise in dealing with people. May those who know You share Christ freely with others especially with their peers.
Use me to Your glory today, I pray in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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