Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
God of the earth and the sea, the heavens and all that is in them,
I praise Your Holy Name. I praise You for being everything You are. You are not simply holy, just, righteous, merciful, gracious, loving, all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful, all-present—You are all these things and all at once. You are not the sum total of all Your attributes, but these many attributes describe what You are like. Through them, we learn to understand a little about You. You are independent from Your creation, yet You are intimately involved with it. You do not need us, yet we can bring You joy or grief. You are too marvelous for words, too infinite for us to fully grasp, too perfect for us to imagine.
Help me to resist temptation and the lures of the Satan today. I put on the full armor of God: the helmet of salvation to protect my mind, the breastplate of righteousness to guard my heart, the girdle of truth to protect my direction and footwear that helps me go to tell others about Jesus. To defend myself, I take up the shield of faith, the personal trust that is coupled to solid doctrine. And I go on the attack with the Word of God, my sword.
[for the married]
Lord, thank You for what marriage has done for our society and this world. Help my marriage to be a blessing. Guard it, put a hedge around it and help us to be determined to work out our differences with an unswerving commitment. Help us to respect one another, to talk to one another, to compromise with one another and to enjoy one another's company. Help us to work at our marriage, to nurture it, to go out together, to occasionally read a book to help us renew our marriage and to really understand one another. When I do not understand, help me to know this. Do not allow me to think that I understand my spouse when I do not. Never let an attitude of contempt or sarcasm master me.
[for the single, divorced, separated, or widowed]
Lord, I have to admit that sometimes life is lonely. Although friends and family enrich my life, sometimes I regret that I am alone. At other times, I appreciate it! Help me to appreciate the positives: time to focus upon You, freedom to come and go as I please and a less complicated life. Help me to participate in church and community. If I am left out, help me to avoid being sensitive about that. Remind me that this is usually not intentional. Many couples have no idea that I want to be included; their minds blind them to the reality that singles have social needs too. Help me to clearly express that I want to be included—rather than dropping hints. Lead me to a few good Christian friends of my gender to pal around with. Keep me from taking the stance of a victim.
Lord, I pray for the Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh states of India with their 62 million people. Well less than one per cent claim any form of Christianity and of that small percentage, most are not evangelical. Yet, Lord, reports indicate that churches are being planted and that You are beginning to work in greater ways. According to Operation World, "This state was one of the last to open up for missions with slow response to the gospel until recently. It is strongly Hindu with stern laws limiting conversions to Christianity.... Thousands of tribal peoples have been forced to renounce Christianity. The whole state is a pioneer mission field, but is becoming more responsive." O, Father, may many in this area come to know Christ. Grant millions here the repentance that leads to life, I ask.
I pray for my home church today and the missionaries it supports. Help my church to follow the teachings of Your Word and may its missionaries be true to the Gospel. Protect and provide for them, I pray.
Now help me remember that You have called me to serve You; help me live accordingly this day, I pray in the Savior’s Name, Amen.
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