Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are the God of the long-term plan. Of course You exist outside the realm of time, so You see all points of time at once. Not that I can understand that! So You see the big picture, and You are nudging history—including the infinitesimal part of history involving me—in directions that seem imperceptible to us. King David collected materials to build the Temple, Solomon, his son, had it built. Four hundred years later, the Babylonian (general and later king) Nebuchadnezzar destroyed it. Then it was rebuilt by Ezra and destroyed centuries later by the Romans—but on the same day and month it had been destroyed the first time! In the End Times, it will be built again, only to be defiled the by the Antichrist. But Lord, there is method to the madness. What seems random is part of Your overall plan.
In my life, Lord, You bring me through refining fires and times of blessing. As Solomon wrote, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Your Holy Spirit is conforming me to the image of Christ. When I suffer, I share in the sufferings of Christ. When I am healthy, when my relationships are solid and when I have plenty, I can give You thanks or I can be so busy enjoying my blessings that I forget where they have come from. Then You shake me to wake me from my stupor. You remind me that I literally depend upon You for every breath and although I can have the assurance of salvation, there is little else in life that is sure and guaranteed.
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.
Lord, help my church family be harmonious. May the leaders be firm when it comes to the clear teachings of Scripture and gracious about the not-so-clear matters. Keep antagonists, troublemakers and those who resent authority away from our congregation. Help my church to be effective in evangelism, discipleship, loving one another and supporting world missions.
Father, I praise You for what You have done in the Jiangsu Province of China with its 74 million people. Thank You that over 6% of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals. Lord, please keep the church growing and safe. Put a hedge around this area, Lord, and may the testimony of the believers be strong. May the percentage of believers double over the next decade, I ask.
Lord, bless the work of Emmanuel Ministries International, and their work in Aruba, Czech Republic, India, Kenya, Latvia (along with Estonia and Lithuania), Mexico, Romania, Russia and the USA. "EMI works with, within and for the local church, as it is God's pillar of truth and chief instrument for His glory in this present age.... EMI invests primarily in emerging leaders wherever poverty, persecution or other circumstances make training and ministry difficult." Provide, prosper, protect, empower and grant harmony to this ministry, I pray.
I commit my day to You, in the Savior's Name, Amen.
Highland Park Church
516 West Sycamore Street
Kokomo, Indiana, USA