Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
When Ezekiel saw a vision of You, this is how he described the vision: "Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking." (Ezekiel 1:26-29) Lord, when I get just a small glimpse of Who You are, it humbles me. Like Ezekiel, I prostrate myself before You.
My Father, pride is such an awful thing. That I constantly need to remind myself of Who You are. Familiarity breeds contempt, or so they say. But I do know that it is possible to get too familiar with You. But there is such a difference between becoming familiar and getting to know You better which breeds respect. For the more I learn about You, the more I marvel.
Lord, life can drain me of my energy. I thank You that through renewing my strength by spending time with You I not only regain a sense of peace (Philippians 4:4-7) but I also regain internal energy and motivation (Isaiah 40: 29-31).
Lord, I have some specific requests to bring before You today. They are: __________.
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 the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Thank You that 27.6% of the population claims to be born-again evangelicals Yet, Lord, the translation of Your Word into daily life has been a weak link in the chain. Alcoholism, drugs and crime rates are high. Lord, help the churches grow in discipling believers and help those who know Christ to make Him their priority.
Thank You Lord for MAP (Medical Assistance Programs) International, "a Christian relief and development organization that addresses the total health needs of people living in the world's poorest communities. Working in partnership with Christian nationals, missionaries and other Christian health organizations, MAP provides community health training and essential medical supplies for hospitals, clinics, and emergency relief.... MAP offers short-term mission fellowships for medical students, enabling them to have first hand experience in a Christian mission hospital." Bless this ministry, O Lord. Provide for them, protect them, give them fruit for their labors, empower them by Your Spirit and grant them harmony amongst themselves, I ask.
Now help me to live out the Christian life at home, I ask in the Savior's Name, Amen.
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