Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
O My Father,
Thank You for being there for me. You are truly my best friend. Although I revere You as the Creator, Redeemer and Holy Sovereign, You are the only one that really knows me through and through. You see my lifetime all at once. You know all my thoughts, fears, aspirations, joys and disappointments. You have comforted me, disciplined me, tried me and showered Your grace upon me. You know the subtle tactics my ego employs, the insincerity within me, the good intentions that never materialize and the times my heart is open before You, craving to do Your will. No one but You has shared or can share all of life with me. And so, My Lord, thank You for being my constant companion.
Father, today I pray for situations outside of my control. I can make certain choices about myself, but I cannot choose for others. And back in my own life, there are many choices I cannot make. I did not choose the family into which I was born, the genes that combined to make me, or traumatic events that I have experienced. Yet, Lord, despite my vulnerability, You want me to take responsibility for my choices and not pass the buck. Help me think and use wording that makes it clear that I am taking responsibility for all my choices, not just those which prove to be good or successful.
I pray for Christians who are straying from their first love or compromising their walk with You. Rekindle the faith they once professed and help them fervently love the Savior once again. Remove their boring view of serving You and help them see the adventure and fulfillment of walking daily in Your light. Stir up their hearts and help them make the routines of godliness a part of their lives. I especially remember: __________.
Today I remember evangelical missionaries everywhere who are trying to raise support. Lord, while many churches give anywhere from 10 to 50% of their offerings toward foreign missions, the average church gives only 2%. O Father, break Your people of becoming ethnocentric. Keep us from confusing our earthly citizenship with our heavenly one. Keep us from perfectionist thinking that anchors us to one mission until everything is as perfect as it can be while neglecting other important areas; instead, awaken us to the reality that our commission is to share Christ around the world NOW. And as these perspective missionaries are turned down time after time, we pray that You would encourage these candidates and provide for them financially and in the realm of wisdom.
Lord, the nation of Suriname in South America is different from the rest of the continent. It was a Dutch colony and they imported indentured servants from India and other Asian areas, as well as Afro-Caribbeans. Thank You that 4.1% of the population claims to be born-again evangelicals and that the percentage is on the rise. Father, please develop warm and solid leaders for the churches, use the Jesus film and student outreaches and help the seven translation projects now in progress. Father, double the percentage of believers over the next 5 years, I ask.
Help me to exemplify Christian love today, I pray, in Jesus' Name, Amen
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