Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Father of Lights,
I live in the shelter of Your wings. Itís not that you have literal wings, for You are Spirit (John 4:24). But, nonetheless, You are the God Who shelters His children as a hen does her young. As Boaz told Ruth, "May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge" (Ruth 2:12).
You are my shield, my home away from home, my constant protector and refuge. Life has its twists and turns; it meanders here and curves there and I never know what surprises await me. But You are there for me, You are ahead of the curve, You know the beginning from the end. You have always known everything that would ever happen.
I know there is a special blessing that comes from praying with others. This might include family members who know You, friends from church, or fellow Christians at work, school, or in the neighborhood. We know You are uniquely present where two or three gather in the Name of Jesus (Matthew 18:19-20).
Father, help parents throughout our world. Although I pray especially for the parents who know You, I pray for all parents. Motivate them to do what is in the best long-term interest of their child or children. Keep them from abusing their children and from spoiling them. May parents take seriously the responsibility to be a good example, to keep their marriages together when possible and to nurture their childís/childrenís moral education. Give parents great wisdom to face the challenges of the modern world. We pray that more and more parents would surrender their lives to Jesus Christ.
Help me to do my part by volunteering to serve or continuing to serve in a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church. May I set my roots down deeply and attend every week if I am able to do so.
Your Word tells me that if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me of them, and You will cleanse me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). So I bring my sins before You now. I do not excuse them, but I freely admit them and ask for Your forgiveness.
Today I pray for the Sikkim State of India with its 500,000 people. Thank You that 5% of the population claim to be evangelical Christians and thank You that the church is growing mightily. I also praise You that the Christians are freer from the fear of persecution than they were a few years ago. May the percentage of evangelical Christians double over this decade, I pray.
Thank You, my God, for the ministry of Love A Child, a ministry that operates in Haiti and is "a Christian humanitarian organization sharing the message of God's love with children in extreme poverty." Bless those who sponsor a child and we pray that the love of Christ would transform lives! Bless, provide for and empower this ministry, I ask.
Lord, bless those who work as emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Help them to do their work well and give them skill, wisdom and strength beyond their own abilities. Help those who know Christ to share their faith with fellow workers.
Use me today, I pray in Christís Name, Amen.
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