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Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
October 18
by Ed Vasicek

Lord,

Thank You that You are a Mighty Rock to Whom I am anchored (Hebrews 6:19). By faith, I have a grip upon the Rock of Ages. I will not be swept away by the storms of life.

I also thank You, Lord, that I enter into Your holy of holies every time I address You in prayer. In Old Testament times, only the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies and that only once a year. On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, he would sprinkle the blood of a goat on top of the Ark of the Covenant, the Mercy Seat. This would cover over the sins of the people for another year, rescuing them from Your wrath while on the earth. But, my God, Jesus Christ has become the one and final sacrifice to avert Your wrath in this way. He not only covers over my sins, He has removed them! That is why I can barge into Your heavenly Holy of Holies without so much as an appointment. I am forever cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.

Lord, help me to bear up under the trials, disappointments, fears and tribulations of life including: __________. Let me remember that You are developing my faith and that You often use difficult times to make me stronger in You. Though I admit that I usually hate such trials, I do appreciate what You have done in my life through them. My choice is to go through them with You or without You. I will go through them either way. I choose to go through them hand in hand with You.

Lord today, I especially remember those looking for a job. Open doors of opportunity and match the right person to the right job. Encourage those chronically unemployed, I ask.

Also, dear Father, help me to handle my finances well. Guide me when it comes to saving and giving also help me know when to say no. Help me control my money under Your guidance; please, do not let money control me.

Lord, today I remember the 46 countries that make up the Latin American and Caribbean region. First, I praise You that 10.6% of this population claims to be born-again evangelicals. I also thank You that the evangelical church is growing at a four percent rate! At that rate, the church will double every 18 years. But the challenges are many: the moral consequences of drug trafficking, the great poverty and nations postured for upheavals like Cuba or Haiti and nations trying to recover from traumatic wars or disasters like Nicaragua, Honduras, and Paraguay. In many instances, evangelical Christians are in positions of influence. They need Your wisdom, Lord, for the problems are complex. Please continue to grow Your church in South America and may the Gospel completely transform these societies, I ask.

Today I pray for the evangelical missionaries who are serving Christ around the world and hail from my county or district. O Lord, keep them true to You. Provide for them, protect them, empower them and use them to Your glory, I ask.

Now help me to live out what I believe today, I pray in Jesusí Name, Amen.

Pastor Ed

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