Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are a God Who keeps His promises. Although many Christians take Your promises out of context or misunderstand them, the promises You have made to us will be kept as they were originally understood. You will keep Your promises in Your time to those with whom You made them. Thank You that Your calling and gifts are irrevocable (Romans 11:29).
Although You made many promises to individuals or nations that are descriptive (only for that particular situation), I especially appreciate the promises that are prescriptive (made to all who meet a certain condition). Your promise of eternal life is made to all who repent of their sins and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior. You promise to hear our prayers and meet the needs we bring to You in prayer according to Your will. When our fellowship is broken because of sin, You promise to restore our fellowship when we confess our sin to You. And you have promised that You will be with me in a special way that You are not with unbelievers even until the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).
I pray for my lost friends and family members including: __________. Father, please send Your Spirit to draw them to Yourself and grant them the repentance that leads to life.
Father, I intercede for believers who are struggling with substance abuse, addictions, or other bad or undesirable habits. Some practices are wrong even in moderation. Others are wrong in excess. Others are not wrong in themselves, but are wrong because they are enslaving. Help us all to put off our bad ways and replace them with positively constructive ways. Rather than steal, let us labor to give to those in need. Rather than gossip, let us praise. Instead of being drunk with wine, help us to be filled with Your Spirit. Help us replace the undesirable with the good—or at least the neutral.
Lord, today I pray for five more nations where persecution is an issue, nations 41-45 from the list of the 86 nations listed in the persecution index (Operation World, 2001, p. 222). I pray for Tartarstan, Nigeria (north), Ingushetia (part of Russia), Sri Lanka and Malaysia. Thank You that persecution is lessening in Nigeria, but I am distressed to hear that it is worsening in Malaysia. O Lord, may persecution in these and other lands cease. Help local and national governments to respect true and complete religious freedom. May the persecutors themselves be won to the faith. Give the believers wisdom to evade persecution and when they cannot, help them, Lord, with Your grace, I ask.
Lord, thank You for the work of Missionary Ventures International. "Missionary Ventures International sponsors several ministries to supplement its purpose to encourage and support indigenous missions through personal involvement. The ministries rely on Spirit led leaders to recruit capable volunteers and marshal resources to fulfill their unique tasks to 'reach the un-reached' through practical applications of skills and training often used in secular endeavors." Bless this work as they come alongside national workers with volunteers and resources, I pray. Empower, guide, grant harmony and protect this ministry, I request.
Empower me today by Your Spirit to represent You well to others. I pray in the Savior's Name, Amen.
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