Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
All Powerful Creator,
You are a jealous God (Exodus 20:5). Although Your jealousy may not be exactly the same as human jealousy, it is close enough that You use the term "jealous" rather than create a new term. We see in the Old Testament how Your wrath is kindled when Your people worship someone else (another god) or something else (an image). Hosea and Jeremiah parallel such behavior to adultery. As a man or woman feels betrayed when a spouse has been unfaithful, so You are jealous when Your children are unfaithful to You.
Help us offer our acts of worship—prayer, trust and worship—to no one but You. Only You are present everywhere to hear our prayers and read our minds. Only You are to be praised and worshipped.
Father, keep me from being self-righteous. Nothing will eliminate the temptation to be self-righteous quite like getting a glimpse of Your holiness. When the godly prophet, Isaiah, saw a vision of you, he declared himself "undone" and a man of "unclean lips" (Isaiah 6:5). Help me to cultivate humility not be comparing myself to others but to You and Your perfect Law. For we who are sinners saved by grace, being humble is simply being realistic. Help me not to put myself down, but to gain Your realistic perspective. And help me remember that it is not about me, but You.
Lord, help me to avoid every form of superstition. Being superstitious is a denial of Your Sovereign control and is in a sense a form of idolatry. Instead help me to trust You alone and help me remember that I am legally seated with Christ (Ephesians 2:6) in heavenly places (Ephesians 1:20-22) far above demonic forces often associated with superstition.
Lord, I am thankful for many things, three of which are: __________.
I remember my enemies and those I do not really care for. I ask You to bless them and if appropriate to grant them repentance. Help me to respond in a proper way to them. Help me to understand the difference between loving my enemy, my neighbor, my brother or sister in Christ, my spouse, children and family. Help me distinguish between the love of duty and a love that embraces emotionally. May I not make more stringent demands upon myself than You make upon me.
Lord, the nation of Iceland is cold not only physically but spiritually. Only 3.3% of the population claim to be born-again believers and most of the churches are liberal and have forsaken the truth of the Gospel. Mission efforts have made some difference, but the people are not very receptive. O Father, send Your Spirit to draw more Icelanders to Yourself. Use Christian radio and the testimonies of the few believers there. Do a mighty work to Your glory in this land.
Lord, thank You for Smyrna Ministries International as the focus upon persecuted Christians in the Islamic world—and reaching Muslims for Christ by working through national evangelical ministries, seeking to relieve the suffering of Christians and developing leaders. Lord, protect, provide for, empower and use this ministry mightily, I ask. Help the workers to experience harmony and may many under the influence of this ministry establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
I give my day to You, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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