Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are a jealous God. As Your Word says in Exodus 34:14, "the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God." When Joshua urged the children of Israel to count the cost and determine if they were going to serve the LORD or not, Joshua did not hold anything back. He told them that You, the Lord, are "a holy God...a jealous God."
Like a husband is jealous for His wife, so You are jealous for Your people Israel (Zechariah 1:14-16). You are also eager for Your bride, the church, to be presented to You without spot or blemish. You resent it when Your children share what is rightfully Your worship with other gods. You remind us that even covetousness or greed removes You from first priority in our lives and is, in some sense, like idolatry (Colossians 3:5).
Help me not to provoke You to jealousy. May I give You the first place in my heart and may there be no competition for first place. You, my Creator and Redeemer, are certainly in a league by Yourself; help me remember that You are Lord above all.
Lord, help me to value my family relationships above material goods. Remind me that, "Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil." Instead of focusing upon succeeding in business or areas of my interest, help me be most concerned with succeeding in life as You define success. Help me categorize the things of the Spirit and the needs of my family and others as top priorities. Do not let me get caught up in the prestige or achievement rat race.
O Father, help me to crave Your Word. Let me fall in love with it. Your Word, the Bible, is Your communication to me. If I love You, I will want to know what You have to say.
Lord, today I pray for the continent of Africa. Over 800 million people live there and 14.8% of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals. Praise Your Name. But, Lord, the challenges are many: war between tribes, the oppressiveness of Islam in the north, AIDS and governmental tyranny or instability. This continent is so poor and sometimes the believers are not maturing as they should. The evangelical churches are often very competitive and sometimes the pastors, being educated, can form personality cults. O Lord, help the church in Africa to grow both in number and depth. May Biblical Christianity so permeate the continent that honest and effective governments will become the norm. Bring harmony to Africa's various people and a spirit of religious freedom. Guide western missionaries as to how they can best develop indigenous churches.
Lord, thank You for Palm Missionary Ministries which "exists primarily to enable and facilitate the development of national missionaries and workers to go into all nations, make disciples and establish them either into existing local evangelical congregations or newly organized churches." Thank You for their work (10 missionary families in Ecuador, 1 in Colombia and 1 in Spain) in helping nurture doctrinally solid indigenous churches. Prosper, protect, provide, empower and grant harmony to them, I ask.
Provide for my needs today, I request in Jesus' Name, Amen
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