Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
"O LORD Almighty,
You who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind" (Jeremiah 20:12); thank You that You are constantly sweeping my heart and mind. Sometimes what You see there is impure and selfish; but You are the God Who sanctifies, Who sets me apart and is making me holier. You are the God Who "searches our hearts and knows the mind of the Spirit.... The Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot utter" (Romans 8:27, 26). Thank You that through Your Spirit's work in my life, I am "being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Father, when a sinner repents, heaven rejoices (Luke 15:10). Lord, You want me to share Christ with unbelievers and to urge those who know You but have compromised their walk with You to surrender themselves afresh to You. You love it when sinners repent and You stand ready to forgive as pictured by the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son. You run out to meet the repentant. Your acceptance is conditional but simple—the condition being that we repent and believe in the Lord Jesus. O God, may all those close to me make such a decision. And use my church family (including me) to reach out to others in our community and through missions, around the world.
Lord, I have some disappointments and burdens in life. A few of them hurt me and have left scars including: __________.
Today, Father, I pray for people trapped in religious cults. Some of these cults claim to be Christian; others make no such claim. They have an authority other than the Bible and they do not attempt to interpret the Bible objectively. They are agenda driven and accuse Christians of things that are simply not true. They are manipulative and know how to push all the right buttons. O God, help those who have been taken captive to see. Open their eyes, help them not to ignore the questions that plague them nor the inconsistencies that they observe. Open their minds by Your Spirit and lead them to Jesus Christ Who is the way, the truth and the life.
Lord, I praise You for the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu (formerly New Hebrides) with a population of 200 thousand. Thank You that the evangelical church is strong here: 32% of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals. O Lord, help the church here continue to grow both numerically and in spiritual depth. We pray that You would help the economy to grow and use this small nation as a lighthouse to the region.
Lord, thank You for Partners with Haiti. "The purpose of Partners With Haiti is to exalt Jesus Christ by assisting the National Evangelical Church in Haiti...in preaching and teaching the whole counsel of God.... Included in this ministry are programs that provide education, housing, medicine, feeding programs and jobs." O Father, bless, prosper, provide and protect this ministry. Grant the workers harmony with one another and may they bear much fruit to Your glory.
Help me to remember that I am a partner with You for world evangelism, I ask in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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