Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Thank You that You are not interested in religion. True Christianity comes about when You indwell us. Your Holy Spirit regenerates us—gives us new birth. He then works within us so that we do that which is pleasing to You. You do not have to regenerate and renew us, but You do so because You are a gracious God. And so You want a people with hearts for You, not a people trying to keep You at bay with countless rituals or manmade religion.
O Lord, thank You that You want me. You don't want my money, my energy, my time, or to remove joy from my life. You want my heart to be aflame for You. You want me to enjoy You and take pleasure in Who You are. How different this is from the attempts to control You espoused within many religions. You are not a God Who will be controlled or manipulated. You are good to us out of Your grace.
Lord, Your Word tells me to be still and remember that You are God (Psalm 46:10). Sometimes I scurry about in a frenzy and forget that You are God. I make decisions as though I were my own boss, forgetting that You are God and want to be consulted. Let me be still and remember that You are God!
O, Lord, please bring help to the hurting, the emotionally wounded and the devastated. Strengthen those stung by disappointment, encourage the demoralized and bind up the emotionally wounded. Especially help: __________.
Lord, today I remember the nations in which believers are persecuted. O Father, may these and others among the 86 persecuting countries become enlightened in the realm of human dignity and God-given rights including the right we have to choose and practice our religious convictions. May the persecutors themselves be won to faith in Christ, may the governments mandate and enforce the recognition of true religious freedom and help believers by granting them an extra portion of wisdom. Help them to evade persecution when possible and help them to find their strength in You when they cannot. Bless those ministries (Open Doors, Voice of the Martyrs and others) that seek to minister to these victims. Remind and impress believers everywhere to remember the persecuted church in prayer.
Lord I pray for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Father, the tourism and immigration have created a crime industry. The moral values of the people have been weakened. Thank You that nearly 26% of the population claims to be born-again Christians, but the church is in dire need of revival. O Lord, do a work of Your Spirit in this territory of 92,000 people.
Thank You, Lord, for Shalom International. "The Shalom outreach takes in the world—as near as Mexico and as far as India—'to the Jew first and also to the Gentile.' That is the message of Shalom in living and giving the good news of Jesus Christ to the Jews, Israel and the world." This ministry defends Israel's right to exist and reminds Christians of our Jewish roots. O Lord, provide for, protect and empower this ministry. Grant the workers harmony among themselves, I pray.
Now empower me to serve You today, I ask in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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