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Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
July 31
by Ed Vasicek

Lord,

How can I thank You for Your goodness to me? You are my Creator and You uphold the universe to keep it from dissipating. You are my Redeemer. I was lost in sin, alienated for You and under Your divine wrath. But You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to die and rise for me. Even though Christ did this for me 2,000 years ago, I still was born lost until Your Spirit brought me to life through regeneration. He coaxed me along. Although I could not understand the things of the Spirit, He opened my eyes. Even though my mind was hostile toward the true God, He made the true God appealing to me. Even though I was spiritually dead, He brought me to spiritual life. The result: my faith and trust are in Jesus Christ and I am safely held in Your hand. I know You as my friend and heaven is my eternal home. No wonder I find it easy to praise Your Name!

I pray for my lost friends and family members including: __________. Father, please send Your Spirit to draw them to Yourself and grant them the repentance that leads to life.

Lord, when it comes to relating to other people, help me not to be ignorant or inconsiderate. If I am a morning person, help me consider those who are not. As Your Word warns, "If a man loudly blesses his neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse" (Proverbs 27:14). Likewise, if I am a night person, help me respect the schedule of morning people. Keep me from trying to force everyone into my mold or putting them down for being different from me. Help me to keep my personal arrogance and agendas in check.

Today I pray for the small African nation of Sierra Leone. Lord, the devil has hold of this nation. Although 3.2% of the population claims to be evangelical Christian, missionaries have been in this land since the late 1700s and have made little progress. Occultism, violence—even the sick and senseless amputation of the limbs of children and helpless people as acts of terrorism are common, as is rape. The corruption and anarchy despite the nations wealth of natural resources has made it perhaps the poorest and most desperate country on the face of the earth. O God, please turn this nation around. Help the Christians to become strong, to triple their numbers over the next five years and to set a tone for restoration. Only Your Spirit can straighten out this unspeakable mess.

Lord, bless the efforts of Wiconi International whose mission is "to see Native people find faith and life in Jesus Christ and fulfill their God-given place in the Body of Christ worldwide...and taking advantage of the international fascination with Native Americans for the purpose of communicating the Gospel." Lord, may this ministry be used of You to reach and disciple many. Empower them by Your Spirit, provide for them and grant them harmony, I ask.

Use me as a peacemaker today, I pray in the Messiah's Name, Amen.

Pastor Ed

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