Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
It is amazing to think how You condescend to us. You existed before there was time or dimension. Your attributes are perfect and perfectly balance and harmonize with one another. Nowhere do we see this harmony more than in the cross. Although a holy God cannot let we who are tainted by sin into heaven, in Your love and mercy You want to forgive us. So You sent Jesus to bear our penalty, thus satisfying Your justice and holiness and allowing Your loving desire to save us come to pass. You have forgiven us without compromising Your character. How marvelous!
Lord, I thank You that I am free from guilt. Christ bore ALL my sins, not just some of them. You do not view me as I am, but as I am in Christ. Instead of seeing me, You see Jesus. You accept me completely because You see Jesus. You have given me the righteousness of Christ! Although the Old Testament sacrifices had their place, they could not cleanse the conscience, but Jesus does: "How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!" (Hebrews 9:14).
I also pray that You would help me to love my family members as I should. Help me put You first, my family second and then the rest of life third. Help me balance the rest of life between work, church, work around the house, extended family, social activities and community involvement.
I thank You, Lord, that You have taken away my heart of stone and given me a heart of flesh, a new nature, the Law of God written upon my heart. I am so privileged to be under the New Covenant, to know You and be indwelt by Your Spirit.
God, help me to be a good listener. You gave me two ears and one mouth, help me to see the obvious implications of that. As James says, help me to be slow to speak but quick to listen.
Lord, like everyone else, I have fears and insecurities that haunt me. I give them to You and ask You to help me constantly do so.
Lord, today I remember the sparse North American French territory of St. Pierre and Miquelon. Only .4% of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals and the population itself is under 7,000. Father, though small in size, we pray that You would do a mighty work here. May half the population come to know You personally and then in turn, please use them to reach the French, I ask.
Lord, thank You for Christians in Action, "an international, interdenominational and transcultural evangelical missionary society with ministries in 21 countries. Its 300 ministry personnel with the goal of planting indigenous national churches carry out personal evangelism, discipleship and church planting. Other activities include shortterm evangelistic teams and medical and dental clinics in needy areas." Father, grant the workers harmony, protection, provision and empower them by Your Spirit, I ask.
May I live like a peacemaker today, I ask, in the Name of He of Who died and rose for me, Amen.
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