Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are so patient! You are a God of wrath, but You delay Your wrath because You are patient. You are not willing for any to perish and so You are long-suffering. Your patience has limits, but it is impressive. You have allowed this world to continue on in sin for thousands of years; one day, Your Son will return to set up His Kingdom and bring in the reign of righteousness. We are in a hurry for that time, but You have not been. Yet Your delay is not a sign that You are changing Your mind or will not do as You have promised. What seems to us a delay is merely Your patience and wisdom at work.
Father, help me to rejoice in You. Remind me that. "All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast" (Proverbs 15:15). O Father, I release my feelings of oppression to You. Deliver me from Satanís attempts to oppress me, from controlling and manipulative people and from perhaps a conscience that is too sensitive and too responsible. Instead, bless me with a cheerful heart that I might have a continual feast.
I remember my marriage (if I am married) and the marriages of my extended families, friends and church families. Lord, hold them together. Helped married couples to lean upon you and to work hard at addressing problems and experiencing harmony. I also pray for those who are divorced, that You would help them to go forward with Your hand in theirs.
Father, sometimes I struggle with doubt. This is not a bad thing, for there would be no room for faith if it were not for the option of doubt. Help me to find answers for my questions. If I cannot, help me be patient. Remind me that because I do not know an answer does not mean no answer exists. Help me not to use doubt as an excuse to sin or to rationalize values inconsistent with Your Word.
Lord, I pray for the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region of China and its over 5 million people. More than a third of these people are Muslim and less than 2% are born-again evangelicals. I also pray for the Qinghai Province with its 5 million, with perhaps 2% of the population being born-again evangelicals. There are many labor camps in this area, camps where persecuted Christians are living in misery. Father, be a God of grace and strength for these Christians. Thank You for how the Gospel has spread in these areas; even though the percentage of believers seems low, these numbers represent a significant growth. O Lord, may the number of evangelicals double over the next 7 years, I ask.
Thank You, Lord, for International Messengers, "an evangelical interdenominational missions organization comprised of an international staff team...committed to making disciples of all nations through partnering with local churches to renew, train and mobilize believers for active involvement in reaching the world for Christ." Thank You for their work in Central and Eastern Europe; empower them, provide and protect for them, grant them harmony and unity. Use them, O Lord.
Help me to be zealous for You today, I ask in the Saviorís Name, Amen.
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