Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Your Shekinah, Your glory, was represented as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. This glory lead the children of Israel throughout 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. Your glory can be with us even in bleak and monotonous times, even during times of gloom we ourselves created, as did the children of Israel.
Your Shekinah dwelt above the Ark of the Covenant, for a time. When Jesus Christ came, He was full of Your glory. When the soldiers came to arrest Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, they asked for Jesus. When He literally said, "I am," (which is what Your Name, Yahweh, means), perhaps Your Shekinah was revealed for a second because, "When Jesus said, 'I am he,' they drew back and fell to the ground" (John 18:6).
Father, You spoke several times out of a cloud of glory, saying, "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!" (Mark 9:7).
And now, Lord, we reflect that glory to others. As we experience Your glory in our lives through fellowship with You, Your glory transforms us, "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
First John says that if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me those sins, and You will purify me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). I confess the sins I am aware of now and I ask Your Spirit to search my heart (Pause to admit them to God).
I pray for parents of children who have gone astray. Whether in the realm of premarital or extramarital sex, drugs, alcohol, gambling, crime, violence, bitterness toward parents, abandoning the faith or in any other way, it hurts like nothing else can.
Today I intercede for the African nation of Tanzania. Lord, it is great to see what You have done through Your people here. Over 17% of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals, praise Your Name. Yet, Lord, the believers are not spread evenly throughout the nation. The coastal and southern regions are largely unreached. Thank You for the 10 translation projects underway, but there are about 45 people groups without a Bible in their native tongue. Please bless and prosper the work there. May Tanzania become a lighthouse for the region, I ask.
Father, bless the Fellowship of Independent Missions (FIM). Thank You that this mission agency ministers on every continent and is noted for its high standards. Lord, empower the missionaries, protect and provide for them and grant them harmony among themselves. Lord, may You use them to reap a mighty harvest, I ask.
Today I pray for those who work as customer service representatives. Help them to work honestly, kindly and efficiently. May those who know Christ use the open doors You provide to share Christ with others, I ask.
Help me to remember that whatever I do today, I can do it to Your glory. I pray these things in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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