Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are the God Who speaks. According to Your Word, in the past You spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days You have spoken to us by Your Son, whom You appointed heir of all things and through whom You made the universe (Hebrews 1:1-2, altered). Thank You, Father, for sending Jesus, the Son, to be my Savior. One day He will sit on Davidís throne and rule not only over all Israel, but over all the earth. And He shall reign forever and ever over heaven and earth. He is truly the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Lord, I admit I am depraved. I do not use the term as the person on the street would, but as a theologian would. I am not as bad as I could be. By depraved, I mean I have nothing to offer You to take away my sin and make me right with You. Helpless as I was, You helped me by freely providing me with salvation and forgiveness through the death of my Lord Jesus Christ. Thank You, Lord!
Father, sometimes it is hard to get along with my brothers and sisters in Christ. Sometimes maturity or pride issues get in the way. Sometimes, it is precisely because we care about Your will that we disagree. Who argues a case for something he does not care about? I remember that even Paul and Barnabas had to separate because of a disagreement about allowing John Mark to accompany them on their next missionary trip. They ended splitting up into two separate teams. But Lord, You want Your children to have harmony and to be at peace with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Help me take seriously the verse that says, "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:3).
Lord, I have some requests to bring before Your throne. They are: __________.
Lord, I am thankful for plenty of things. You have been good. Two of my blessings include: __________.
Lord, may Your Spirit fill me. May I find my strength in His power, not my own. May Your Spirit control me this day.
O Lord, today I pray for the Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal States of India, with its massive population of over 167 million. O Lord, this is one of the darkest spots on the earth, the home of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The few "Christians" in the region generally were not evangelical. Within the past few years, however, the evangelical church has begun to grow, although well less than .1% of the population would profess an evangelical faith. O God, I plead with You to pour out Your Spirit in the region. Empower Your children with mighty power to share the Word and see great fruit. Turn this region around. May Your church multiply twenty-fivefold over the next decade, I ask!
Today I pray for all chaplains in my community who are true to Your Word, whether they minister in hospitals, jails, community or civic organizations. Empower them and use them to lead others to Yourself and to strengthen Your children.
Lord, help me to be on the lookout to encourage someone today, I pray in Jesusí Name, Amen.
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