Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are Spirit. You are the One God, and You have a spiritual nature. You have created all spirits. When Jesus walked the earth, He stated: "God is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). Hebrews tells us, "Furthermore, we have had the fathers of our flesh to chasten us and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits and live?" (Hebrews 12:9). This is why You do not dwell in Temples, nor do human hands serve you as though You needed something (Acts 17:24-25).
Since Your nature is spiritual, You do not have a body or members of a body. You do not have any material structure. When we humans were created in Your nature, it does not mean that we look like You; it means, rather, that we are like You in a limited sense. We are spiritual and moral beings in addition to being physical beings.
Lord, I am thankful for plenty of things. You have been good and two of them include: __________.
Lord, may Your Spirit may fill me. May I find my strength in His power, not my own. May Your Spirit control me this day.
Savior, as Your disciple You want me to bear fruit. You want me to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit in my lifestyle, the greatest of which is love. You want me to salt the earth and be a light. You want me to encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ, to use my spiritual gifts in conjunction with my church and to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others. Help me to be a fruitful Christian. May I start at home with those closest to me.
Help me to organize my life and environment in a healthy, balanced and reasonable way. Keep me from obsessive behavior. May I neither model a control-freak lifestyle that is nothing more than a fearful approach to life nor that of disorganization because You are a God of order. Help me to seek a medium mentality: one that trusts You without obsession but disciplined enough so that I can find what I need and model responsibility.
Today, Lord, I pray for the United States of America. Father, I praise You that over 32% of its 285 million people claim to be born-again evangelicals. Thank You for raising up missionaries, ministries and great training centers in the U.S. Certainly, Lord, You have been good to the USA. But, Lord, the moral climate is eroding. The U.S. owns a high divorce rate and many Americans within the church are embracing situational ethics. Though many African-Americans profess the evangelical faith, the high illegitimacy rate and high crime rate raise suspicions about the power of the Gospel. The American church is noted for its materialism and many have embraced a prosperity Gospel. O Lord, help the American Church to grow in depth as well as breadth. May Americans model a Christianity worth reproducing, I pray. Continue to bless and use America and bring her back to Your side.
I ask that You would use me to influence my community, school, or workplace, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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