Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Even though You are Three Persons, You are One God. You have one purpose, one plan and one direction. The Holy Spirit will never lead us in a way that conflicts with the Father or Son. The written Word of Scripture will never contradict the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, or the Spirit Who inspired the written Word according to the will of the Father. Lord, in this life we deal with organizations or families where we cannot get a consistent answer. But You are One God with one plan and one set of values.
Lord, Your word says, "A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly" (Proverbs 12:23). O Father, help me not to be a bragger or a showoff. Instead let time and wisdom help others form a true opinion of me. Remind me that "Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe" (Proverbs 29:25). Although I should care about my deportment and my manners and I should consider other people, I have a freedom in Christ. My self-esteem comes from being in Christ, not just from impressing people. May humility be my trademark, I ask.
Lord, I am thankful for many things three of which are: __________.
Lord, I empty myself before You so that Your Spirit may fill me. May I find my strength in His power, not my own. May Your Spirit control me today.
Lord, make me to hunger for Your Word. Like the Psalmist, may I have this mentality, "Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors" (Psalm 119:24). O Father, You went through great effort to get Your Word to us; many have died to preserve it and missionaries give their lives to translate it while scholars have worked to make it intelligible in our language. But all this is in vain if I do not read and study it. Only You can create an appetite for Scripture in my heart although I can nurture it or subdue it. I need Your Spirit to open up its meaning and to help me apply it.
I praise You for the believers who live in the African island nation of St. Helena. Although 5.2% of the population claims to be born-again evangelicals, the church there is on the decline. Churches are elderly the young people are into materialism. O Father, spark a revival in the church there and may the church buildings be filled with young people who are eager to serve You! You can do this by Your Spirit, we have no doubt. We pray that You would.
I remember Christ For The Island World, a ministry that has been "planting churches using nationals since 1983. [They] are currently assisting in several regions of Indonesia among the Hindu, Muslim and Animist people. [They] also have similar work in Russia and Ukraine that was started in the 1990s." O Father, prosper, bless, empower, protect, grant harmony and provide much fruit for this ministry! May they glorify You as they lead others into Your Kingdom.
Help me to glorify You today, I ask in the Savior's Name, Amen.
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