Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
My Heavenly Father,
You are a God Who has purpose. You have direction, a goal and a destination to which You direct history. Although life may sometimes seem aimless or random, You have a goal: to bring glory to Yourself. You, Father, seek to glorify the Son and the Spirit, Who in turn seek to glorify You and One Another. And we are wrapped up within this triangle of love. As this linear experience of history reaches its climax, You will be glorified in unique ways—a glorification unique to Your plan. As a result, we best serve You—and ourselves—when we live our lives for and to Your glory!
Lord, my Savior died on the cross for many reasons, but Paul tells us, first and foremost, for my sins (1 Corinthians 15:3). Although this is of first importance, Christ died for many reasons: to provide for a new heaven and earth without the curse, to defeat Satan, as an additional condemnation for those who do not believe the truth, to demonstrate Your love for me (Romans 5:8) and also as a pattern for me to follow (1 Peter 2:21). Because I follow Christ, my sufferings in life provide me with a unique fellowship with my Savior, Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:10). Even Christ did not seek suffering, as He prayed in Gethsemane for the cup of Your wrath to pass from Him if possible. But since it was Your will for Him to suffer, He endured the cross. So I also do not want to suffer at all. But when I do—whether emotionally or physically—help me remember that I am in special fellowship with Christ, as painful as it may be.
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.
Today I pray for the Hebei Province of China with its 67 million people. Lord, the Chinese government has been exceptionally harsh and aggressive about persecuting Christians in this area. The suffering has been awful. Perhaps 2% of the population is evangelical Christians. O Lord, may the Chinese government stop persecuting Your children. Rise up, O Lord, and put a new spirit in the government leaders. Help the number of born-again evangelicals to double over the next five years, I ask. Give the believers wisdom as to how to avoid persecution and yet share their faith. Protect them, I ask, and empower them with Your Spirit.
I remember the Caleb Project before You, O Lord. "For more than 25 years [they] have been a resource for the global church, providing media tools and training experiences to equip the body of Christ for strategic ministry to unreached peoples (with focus on the 10/40 Window and tribal, Hindu, unreligious, Buddhist and Muslim religions).... Caleb Project is a resource for the global Church providing media tools and training experiences to equip the body of Christ for strategic ministry to unreached peoples…videos, books, prayer guides, short-term trips, the Perspectives courses, speakers, seminars and newsletters...." Lord, bless this resource to the Body, grant them harmony and effectiveness to Your glory, I ask.
Now help me to be a Christian who makes a difference, I ask in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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