Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Maker of Heaven and Earth,
Thank You that You are the God Who equips Your children "with everything good for doing his will" (Hebrews 13:21). Lord, many people find it is easy to tell us what to do. But they often do not show us how to do it But You have set up Biblical churches to train us (Ephesians 4:11-13) and one purpose of Your Word is to train us further (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Lord, help me think of You as an instructor, a coach, a trainer; help me take advantage of the training You offer me and remind me that I am Your apprentice-in-training.
Lord, help me to be a fair and just person. As a sinful human being, I have a strong bias toward my loved ones and myself. I admit that my heart—not just everyone else's but mine as well—is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). When decisions involve me or those close to me, my emotions kick in and can easily distort my perspective. Additionally, I find it easy to be unsympathetic toward strangers or those who are not close to me. So help me put myself in the shoes of others and seek the counsel of the godly.
Lord, I am thankful for many things three of which 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.).
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.
Today I pray for the massive nation of Russia. O Lord, how complex this land is. On the one hand, religious freedom has been greatly expanded since the fall of Communism; on the other, some of those gains are being lost. So many millions have died in concentration camps for their faith, O Lord. May those days never return! But now the government and particularly the Orthodox Church is promoting intolerance of other faiths. Less than 1% of the population claim to be evangelical and the challenges are many. Lord, may Your Spirit sweep across this land and draw a large number of people to saving faith, I ask. Give the church wisdom.
I remember New Mission Systems International whose "vision is to support and place people in fields of service to minister God's love so that people of all nations may be saved, individuals may be discipled, churches may be planted and matured and light may be brought into those places which have little hope of encountering God." Bless them as they send young adults on summer or short-term missions (up to two years) to a variety of nations. Give them fruit for their labor, harmony, the power of Your Spirit, provision and protection, I request.
Help me to reflect the love of Christ today, I pray in His Name, Amen.
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