Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You control what seems to be chance for us. Our uniqueness was determined when our parents' genes came together and were shuffled. Yet Proverbs 16:33 says: "The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD." According to Psalm 139:16, even our development in the womb is under Your jurisdiction. In Exodus 4:11, we read, "Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD?" So, Father, if we like how You made us or dislike it, we have to believe You have a plan, a plan so complicated that sometimes we have no clue as to what it is You are trying to accomplish.
Lord, I have some disappointments and burdens in life. A few of them hurt me and have left scars including: __________. I turn them over to You. Help me to find Your purpose and joy in life. There are many things I cannot change, but I can share all my thoughts with You. You are a God Who feels with me. You help me to go on and grow and direct my attention elsewhere while, at the same time, not pressuring me to "get over it."
Lord today, I especially remember those looking for a job. Open doors of opportunity and match the right person to the right job. Especially help those who work with integrity and have good character to find employment.
Also, dear Father, help me to handle my finances well. Guide me when it comes to saving, giving and help me know when to say no. Help me control my money under Your guidance; please, do not let money control me.
I pray for the Heilongjiang Province of China with its 38 million people. Lord, many of the people in this region are Shaministic or Buddhist, but thank You that perhaps 4% of the population is made up of born-again evangelicals. Thank You that house churches are growing. Yet there are few trained Christian leaders in this region. In addition, the Mongolian and Altaic people in this area are less reached. Father, pour out Your Spirit on this region. May the number of believers double in the coming decade, I ask. Provide leadership opportunities to train solid pastors, I ask.
Father, please bless the ministry of Christian Associates International as they seek "to reach the unchurched through the multiplication of high-impact leaders and high-impact churches.... [They] desire is to see God work powerfully in...the cities of Europe and the world." Grant them harmony, help them remain faithful to the truth of Your Word, protect and provide for them and grant them an abundance of fruit to Your glory, I ask.
I pray for those who work as auto service technicians/mechanics. Help those who know You to shine and share and may all be men and women of integrity, I ask.
Now, Lord, help me to a person of integrity today in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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