Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are the Lawgiver. Our consciences testify that there is indeed such a thing as right and wrong. This reminds us that there is a standard and that standard exists because You have written Your law on our hearts. You have the right to announce what is right and wrong, for You are perfect in all Your ways. Your justice and holiness are reflected in Your Law. Our opinions are no competition for Your Word. Your Word reflects Your will and is based upon Your Law. You do not merely share opinions.
Lord, thank You that You planned for Jesus Christ to die for our sins before the world was founded. Thank You that He took all my sins upon the cross as a sin offering. Thank You that He presented His blood to You in the heavenly sanctuary and that His offering was for all people for all time. Thank You that our Savior arose from the dead.
Lord, help me to bear up under the trials, disappointments, fears and tribulations of life including: __________. Let me remember that You are developing my faith and that You often use difficult times to make me stronger in You. Though I admit that I usually hate such trials, I do appreciate what You have done in my life through them. My choice is to go through them with You or without You. I will go through them either way. I choose to go through them hand in hand with You.
I remember the poor, sickly, downtrodden. Provide for them, encourage them, open doors of long-term opportunity for the poor, grant patience, strength and healing for the sick and mend broken hearts.
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 conviction, as has been our heritage.
Lord, thank You for the work of Media Associates International. "MAI equips and nurtures talented men and women with a passion for producing Christian literature for their own people. Since its founding in 1985, MAI has equipped local Christians in 57 countries on 5 continents [seeing] budding writers developed, publishing houses grown, periodicals begun and books and magazines produced that speak to the hearts of readers in their own languages.... [They] advance the Gospel by training Christians to produce literature that nurtures the church and attracts readers to Christ."
Lord, help me use whatever talents You have given me to reach and minister to others, I pray in the Messiah's Name, Amen.
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