Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are the God Who sanctifies suffering. We do not like to think of You that way, but Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, suffered both to atone for our sins and to set an example for us (1 Peter 2:21). Lord, I do not want to suffer. I do not want my loved ones to suffer. Yet, Lord, You created mankind knowing that our first parents would sin. You allowed sin to produce a greater good in the long run. Those of us who are redeemed in Christ will have it much better than Adam and Eve ever did. So also You bring sorrow, trials, or suffering into our lives to form us and make us godlier. I confess that I do not like this plan, but I acknowledge that all things work for the good to those who love You and are called by You.
Today I pray for parents of children who have gone astray, one painful example of suffering. Whether in the realm of premarital or extramarital sex, drugs, alcohol, gambling, crime, violence, bitterness toward parents, abandoning the faith or in any other way, it hurts like nothing else can. O Father, may these children come back to You (if they truly know You) or come to You (if they do not). Lord, may the happy ending of The Prodigal Son be their experience as well, I plead.
I too need to address sin in my life. 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.).
Today I pray for the nation of Slovenia, a nation of the former Yugoslavia. There is little interest here, but literature, radio, the Jesus film and a new Bible translation are steady attempts to reach the people in this European nation of two million. Only .2% of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals—that’s one in five hundred! My God, please send Your Spirit to draw the masses to Christ. May the number of born-again believers increase tenfold to 2% within a decade, I ask.
I remember the American Leprosy Mission in prayer. Their mission is "to serve as a channel of Christ's love to persons affected by leprosy and related conditions, helping them to be healed in body and spirit and restored to lives of dignity and hope.... The ministry supports scores of projects in approximately 15 countries. Donor gifts provide training and transportation for leprosy workers, case-finding and diagnosis, physical and vocational rehabilitation, Christian encouragement, community development...." My Father, prosper this ministry of mercy. May many see the love of Christ and turn to Him, I pray.
I remember those who work as structural metal fabricators and fitters. Grant them safety; may they work honestly and help these workers take pride in their work. May those who know You shine.
Help me to reflect Your character in my life today, I request in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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