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Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
August 23
by Ed Vasicek

Almighty Father,

You are the God of the laws and routines. Certainly You vary that routine, but Your Son keeps holding the universe together. Every day the sun rises, every day the sun sets. Gravity works everyday, 24/7. Scientists and physicists can discover the laws of the science because You ordained them. Despite the chaos in our universe as a result of the curse, we find a great deal of order, constancy and dependability. After You created all, You said it was all very good. It isn't very good now, for evil is the ruining of the good. But it is remarkable to see what is still good. We can therefore depend upon the daily cycle and the annual cycle. We know the earth will keep its peculiar tilt so that the polar icecaps do not melt and destroy the world by a flood. After the Flood of Noah, You promised there would be no more worldwide floods and the rainbow reminds us of this covenant.

Thank You, Lord, for the assurance of answered prayer. As Jesus said in John 16:24, "Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete." Although I know this general promise is not a detailed treatise on prayer, it assures me that You want me to ask and it also tells me that You are concerned about my joy. And, so Lord, I ask You to meet my needs and bless those close to me.

Father, thank You for my senses. In Your grace and goodness, keep them all healthy and help me to appreciate them and use them in ways that please You. Help me to discover the joys of being a human being created in Your image, yet help me to enjoy life in ways consistent with Your revealed will. I recognize that if I enjoy myself in legitimate ways, I am less prone to enjoy myself in illegitimate ways.

Lord, the Hubei Province of China especially needs Your help. Perhaps 1% of the population is made up of born-again evangelicals and the government in this region is especially oppressive. The 60 million people in this province need to hear of Jesus, but even the house churches are few, particularly in the cities. O Lord, change the hearts of the political leaders of this area. I pray that the Gospel outreach here would expand a hundredfold over the next decade and that the number of believers would double within the next five years.

Praise Your Name for Commission to Every Nation, a non-denominational missionary sending agency "helping ordinary people partner with God to accomplish the extraordinary.... Missionaries go out to six world regions to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed." O Lord, bless this ministry. Provide for the workers. Grant them harmony among themselves, protect them, grant them good health, empower them by Your Spirit and give them much fruit for their labors, I ask.

Now reward me with fruit for my labors and glorify Yourself through me, I ask in Jesus' Name, Amen.

Pastor Ed

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