Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are the God of the remnant. We human beings love to follow the herd instinct. We imitate what is around us, gain our bearing from others and generally feel more comfortable following the pack. Some of this is good. It is the way You made us. We ought to be team players; we ought to be social. But You call Your children out of the world for Your special purposes, yet we are to remain in the world: connected to society, but different, in some regards, from the norm. By seeding us throughout society, You want us to live lives that impress the lost. This provides opportunities to give Your Gospel a hearing, but it also brings glory to You, whether people believe or not. You whittled down Gideon's army to prove it was You Who fought the battle. So the Kingdom of God expands not by force or manipulation, but by Your Spirit working through us. You take pleasure in Your "called out" ones.
Help me to resist temptation and the lures of Satan today. May I be alert to his schemes and take up the armor of God.
Lord, I remember my country's chief executive officer (President, Prime Minister, Secretary General, etc.) and our legislative and judicial branches. May all these leaders favor true and complete religious freedom. Help them to govern with righteousness and equity.
Today I remember youth who are participating in Christian camps. Bless them with safety, health, discernment and wisdom. Help them embrace truth and dismiss error. May those campers who do not know Jesus Christ come to know Him; guide those who already do know Him to dedicate their lives to You. Speak to them, Lord. May they have good, clean fun and return home inspired and satisfied.
Lord, I pray for the Guizhou Province of China with its 37 million people and 39 people groups. Father, a few of those groups have seen Your Gospel take root deeply. Overall, 3.9% of the population claim some form of Christianity, mostly evangelical. But while some people groups have many Christians, others have very little and some have none. Lord, help the Gospel to spread throughout each of these people groups! May the percentage of believers double over the next five years in this province. Give the believers wisdom so that they might avoid the persecution of the government.
O Lord, bless the work of Prison Fellowship International (PFI), the world’s largest network of prison ministries, more than 100,000 volunteers serving the Body of Christ behind bars in over 100 countries.... PFI’s mission is to work through the Christian community to meet the spiritual and physical needs of prisoners, ex-prisoners, victims and their families and to promote Biblical standards of restorative justice. PFI serves its ministries through short-term assistance projects (medical, technical), HIV/AIDS prevention, vocational training for inmates, micro-lending for ex-offenders and inmates’ spouses, leadership training, victim-offender reconciliation, etc. Thank You that they share the Good News of Jesus Christ in the process and thank You for many who come to know You through this work. Empower them by Your Spirit, protect, provide, guide and bless, I ask.
Now use me to share the Good News, I pray in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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