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Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
August 20
by Ed Vasicek

Dear God,

You are not a foreman or a slavedriver trying to get as much work out of us as You can. You do not need us, but You take pleasure in using us. You love it when we are freely motivated to serve You because we love You. Indeed, you have ordained that Your children should be characterized by good works (Ephesians 2:10). So You have work for us to do in the realm of ministry and service. You want us to love You, but You also want us to love others. You want us to use the spiritual gifts You have given us to constantly “prove” what Your will is (Romans 12:1-2) and to view life as a series of opportunities to serve You in a variety of ways. Slavedriver, no. Assigner of work, yes. Help us to gladly report for duty realizing You are the one Who creates the desire in us to serve You. Some of us can remember a time before we knew You, when all we thought about was ourselves. We marvel that You have so changed us that it is now not just about us but about You and others too!

Lord, help me to carve out some time to contemplate Your Word and Your will for my life. Help me to examine my heart, to check in with You and see how good I am doing. Help me to take the time to realign the priorities of my life to accomplish Your will for me, not necessarily my own. When I find that I am really not willing to make changes that I know You want me to make, Lord, I am willing to be made willing.

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.

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 Latin American island nation of St. Lucia. Thank You that 12.3% of the population claims to be born again and evangelical. At the same time, many Christians are nominal in their faith with 80% of all children born out of wedlock. Pastors are now receiving better training and some churches are experiencing revival. Thank You, Lord. May the Christians in St. Lucia get “the real disease” and get serious about serving Jesus Christ and may the number of evangelicals double over this decade, I ask.

I pray for the missionaries my church supports including: __________. Keep them true to the Word, protect them, provide for them and empower them by Your Holy Spirit, I ask.

Keep me true to Your Word today I also ask, in Christ’s Name, Amen.

Pastor Ed

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Highland Park Church   516 W. Sycamore St. Kokomo, Indiana, 46901 USA   (765)452-1779    church@highlandpc.com    Main Service: Sun 10:30 a.m.