Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
My gracious Master and my God,
You are a benevolent God. You are kind, generous and compassionate. Our Lord Jesus Christ is a high priest Who can sympathize with our weaknesses. Although You are a consuming fire, You are also tenderhearted, charitable and good. Even though we have sinned against You, You still love us and care about us and feel for us and provide for us.
Thank You, Lord, that for meóand all Who know Christódeath has lost its sting. At death, my body and soul are separated. Although my soul will go to enjoy your presence, one day my resurrection body and soul will be reunited. But I will never face spiritual death, the separation of my soul from You. This is the second death experienced by those who do not know Christ. Jesus will say to them, "Depart from me.... I never knew you." Thank You that Jesus knows me!
Great Father of Lights, I pray that You would enlighten those who are struggling with substance abuse and addictions. Some who name the Name of Christ find themselves captive to alcohol, prescription drugs, illegal drugs, pornography, or are rampant spenders of money. Give them grace and the courage to believe that life can be rich and meaningful without their addiction. Help them develop new habits and associations to replace the old ones and help them to focus on getting to know You more than anything else.
Lord, I pray for the nation of Ukraine with its 50 million people. Thank You that over 2.7% of the population claims to be born-again evangelicals and that the church has nearly doubled since the Soviet Union broke up. Although millions of Christians have died over the last 140 years (even before communism), thank You that the evangelical church is vibrant and strong. But the nation is poor and still recovering from Chernobyl. Leadership training is hard to come by. Lord, may the percentage of born-again evangelicals double over the next decade. Help the church to get stronger and stronger and the nation to become more prosperous. Use the Jesus Film and Christian media to reach many, I ask.
I remember parents. Lord, parents are so important to those little ones entrusted to their care. May parents everywhere protect and train their children in humane and balanced ways. Help them to love their children, not to spoil them and to encourage them toward positive directions. We pray that Christian parents would prove to be consistent role models for their young ones. Send angels to protect them, I pray.
Lord, I pray for Men For Missions International in which "thousands of men from various church affiliations and all walks of life find a channel for harnessing and releasing personal skills and abilities in practical, direct missionary involvement. By participation in overseas witness and work teams, they catch new zeal for soul winning at home as well as abroad.... As a result, scores of missionary homes, schools, churches, clinics, etc., stand as monuments to the obedience of individual laymen. Millions of dollars are given to support missionaries, national workers, and evangelistic outreach." O Lord, bless this dynamic ministry! Provide, protect, motivate, grant harmony and empower this ministry.
Empower me to serve You today, I pray in Jesusí Name, Amen.
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