Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
My Master and My God,
You are King over all the earth (Psalm 47:7). Although Satan is the "god of this world," the crucified and resurrected Christ has defeated him. Right now, You permit history to take its course, but all along You have been steering its direction toward its ultimate culmination when Jesus Christ returns to reign. As both God and Man, He will reign over all the earth and of His Kingdom there will be no end. On day we will look back and sing, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ and he will reign for ever and ever" (Revelation 11:15). You, O Lord, are King of the Earth.
Lord, I have some specific requests to bring before You today. They are: __________.
Lord, troubled marriages are all around me. Often I am not aware of that. A friend at work, a neighbor, a relative. A mom with young children feels trapped and could use some time away with her husband, but no family is near or there are no trusted friends to watch the children; finances are tight and the tension high. A man or woman was reared in a messed up family and the baggage they bring into their marriage is destroying it. Long work hours, addictions, anger, violence, immorality—people all around us are struggling. Help us to be supportive in every way and help the marriages around me to get stronger, especially within my church family.
Father, teach me not only to forgive the repentant, but also to be able to ask for forgiveness. When I sin against another, help me not to justify or rationalize it, but to isolate my wrong from whatever wrongs may have been done against me. Help me to say, "What I did was wrong, please forgive me" and nothing more. If others have wronged me, help me to address that at a separate time. May I be good at knowing how to ask for forgiveness. And as I grow, may I have less to repent from!
Today I pray for the nation of Slovakia. Lord, only 1.5% of the population claims to be born-again evangelicals. But I am grateful, Lord, that the evangelical church is growing even if at a slow 1.3% rate. Father, pour out Your Spirit on this land! Ignite the believers with holy zeal and great wisdom, use the Jesus movie, bless the youth outreach and help radio to effectively reach and help disciple many. Father, double the number of believers in Slovakia over the next decade; may You grant many the repentance that leads to life.
Lord, I remember Alongside Ministries. "For over twenty years [they] have worked with churches and leaders who have sought [their] help in several countries in Europe and North America. These include Albania, Austria, the Czech Republic, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Scotland and Canada and the U.S. [They] develop ministries wherever [they] have the resources and competencies to serve responsibly, as God calls...and where the needs of Christian witness are not adequately served." Help them establish and nurture good, solid churches that glorify You, O Lord.
Now use me to honor You today, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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