Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are my light. You open the eyes of my heart to understand Who You are. If it were not for Your Spirit preparing my heart, I would not have really understood that You forgive me and offer me eternal life free of charge to me. I would not have understood that when Jesus said, "It is finished," it was. The full price of my redemption had been paid. By receiving Christ as my Savior, I now have eternal life. It is not just something I will have; I already have it. I do not have to hope that my sins are forgiven; I know they are. I do not have to guess that I have eternal life, I know I do (1 John 5:11-13).
Your light extends to my ability to perceive spiritual truths. The Word of God just jumps out at me. Although it is not always so, sometimes I get excited just reading my Bible as I discover new truth—new to me, that is. You guide me each day into Your way. Thank You that You are the God Who gives light. Sometimes You give light well in advance, sometimes You give light at the last moment. But You are my light and my salvation.
Lord, Your Word tells me to cast all my anxiety upon You, because You care for us (1 Peter 5:7). I remember Jesus in Gethsemane and how stressed He was He sweat drops of blood. He felt the sting of the trauma He had to face and it wore on Him. But You strengthened Him, gave Him the courage to go on and in the end, worked things for a greater good.
Today I pray for the 10/40 window, that area which includes much of Asia and northern Africa. It includes the Arab world, the Indo-Iranian-Tibeto-Burman region, south and east Asia, the Sub-Sahara, We know that the Gospel has penetrated this area least of all. Persecution and lack of religious freedom have insulated and isolated these regions from the Gospel. Many forbid missionaries; some will not even allow the few existing Christians to meet. We pray for victories and for the Gospel to germinate and bear much fruit. Use radio, satellite television, The Jesus film and tactful witnessing by existing believers to multiply the church exponentially. Thank You that in recent years we have seen some great progress. Protect, prosper and provide for Your servants in this part of the world. Give them much fruit for their labors and bind the Evil One, I ask.
Father, thank You for New Hope International which is "committed to equipping the church in Eastern Europe through partnerships that provide training, materials and encouragement as they win the next generation for Christ.... It partners with ministries such as Focus on the Family, Youthbuilders, BCM International, Injoy, as well as cutting-edge churches." O Father, help this ministry to make a big dent for the Kingdom of God as they nurture family life and seek to reach and disciple young people in Eastern Europe. Empower, provide, protect and grant unity to them, I ask.
Lord, help me to be a gracious Christian today, I pray in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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