Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are the God Who encourages. You give us courage. When Joshua was about to lead the people of Israel into the promised Land, You told Him, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9b). When Jeremiah was called to be Your prophet, he was a young man and very much afraid. You told Him, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
But Jeremiah was still intimidated. He replied, "'Ah, Sovereign LORD,' I said, 'I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.'"
But Lord, You replied, "'Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you', declares the LORD" (Jeremiah 1:5-8, passim).
Lord, sometimes life seems too much for me; I feel inadequate and frightened. I am intimidated. Help me to remember that You, O Lord, are the God Who encourages Your children to do right and to serve You.
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.
Today I pray for the evangelical church worldwide, all congregations made up mostly of people who claim to have been born-again and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who believe in the deity of Christ, His death on the cross for our sins, the literal resurrection, who stand for the Bible as the inspired and authoritative Word of God and who believe in salvation by grace through faith alone, apart from works. Thank You that although Christianity has declined slightly as a percentage of the world’s population, evangelical Christianity has grown from 84.5 million (2.8%) in 1960 to 420 million (6.9%) in 2000.
But, Lord, we know that growth does not necessarily mean truth. Indeed, sometimes those who follow the truth decline in number. So please, Lord, help evangelical Christians to crave Your Word, to value knowledge and doctrine and to address the questions of our day with intelligence and Biblical convictions.
Lord, the nation of Timor Lorosae, an Asian island nation, gained its independence from Indonesia in 1999 and the Indonesian military went on a vindictive spree of destruction because of this leaving the new nation in a state of upheaval. Lord, thank You for the 2.5% who identify themselves as born-again evangelicals; help them to work with the traumatized children and young people who are trying to recover from loss of their parents and possessions. The people live in deep poverty. Help the Gospel to take root, Lord. May the number of believers grow tenfold over the next decade, I pray. Provide translators for the language groups that do not have the Bible in their own language, I ask.
Lord, bless the missionaries my home church supports, including: __________. Keep them true to You and Your Word; grant them safety, provision, harmony, fruit and the power of Your Spirit, I ask.
Empower me to serve You today, I pray in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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