Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
I thank You for the Holy Spirit. He is a Purifier. He makes me holier. He is the divine Revealer Who opened my eyes to the truth of the Gospel. He helped me to understand that Christ died for my sins and arose the Victor. He brought me from spiritual death to spiritual life through the new birth (regeneration) so that I would believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. He granted me the repentance that leads to life. He is the Unifier. He baptized me into the Body of Christ so that I might be one with those who have also been regenerated. He has endowed me with spiritual gifts and begun creating His fruit in my life. When I empty myself, He fills me. When I am grieving, He comforts me. When I grieve Him, He convicts me. When I cannot go on, He reminds me that it is not by might, nor by power, but by Him, the Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).
My God and King, help me with my thought life today. Help me think positive and pleasant thoughts today, thoughts that please You. I know that the battlefield is my mind. Help me to renew it faithfully by reading, studying and pondering Your Word. Remind me of the garbage-in-garbage-out principle. Help me to be cautious about what I watch and how I am entertained.
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, help me to get to know my neighbors where I live and at work or school. Teach me the importance of participating in my community as an avenue to benefit myself and a way to show love to others.
Father, if I am going to get attached to people, I have to risk rejection. If I am going to build significant relationships with friends, I have to learn how to handle conflict. May I neither run nor fight, but instead help me work at communicating, compromising and expressing myself tactfully. Help me to properly handle conflict in all my relationships including church life.
Today I pray for the Latin American Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent. Thank You that almost 25% of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals. At the same time, Lord, many of those who profess Christ do not live holy lives and many are ignorant of Bible doctrine and teaching. I pray that You would develop a core of strong leaders and that those who know You would exemplify a life that pleases You and bears testimony to Your regenerating and sanctifying grace.
Lord, bless the ministry of Church Ministries International, "an evangelical, interdenominational, mission organization dedicated to helping urban churches in Latin America and Spain evangelize their city and nation.... Church Ministries International works with teams of missionaries and pastors of various evangelical churches...to carry on a concentrated program of evangelism, discipleship and church planting." Father, prosper, provide and protect this ministry and those associated with it. Grant them harmony and empower them by Your Spirit, I pray.
Help me to live in a way that attracts people to Christ, I pray, in Jesusí Name, Amen.
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516 West Sycamore Street
Kokomo, Indiana, USA