Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
My Father in Heaven,
You are the Living God. You are not some force, nor are You dead. You are the source of all life. All who live came about through You. Life comes from life, not non-life. And You, the Living One, created all mortal beings and all physical things. You are also the author of spiritual life. Your image in us means that we have a spiritual side to us. You created the angels and You created mankind. In Christ, You have redeemed us and by Your Spirit You have regenerated those of us who believe. You have given us the abundant life and have spiritually resurrected us. Our Lord Jesus is not only the way and the truth, but also the Life. Indeed, He is the resurrection and the life.
Lord, help me to seek the best in people and interpret things in a positive light unless I have reason to believe otherwise. Remind me of the proverb, "He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it" (Proverbs 11:27). Remind me that You look at the heart, but I can only see the outward appearance. Help me not to jump to conclusions about the motives of others.
Help me to do my part by volunteering to serve or continuing to serve in a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church. May I set my roots down deeply and attend faithfully every week if I am able to do so. Help me be a team player and to remember that Christianity is not just a private faith but requires me to participate in the body of Christ.
Lord, help me to control my temper. Anger makes fools of people and tears down. The damage caused by anger often cannot be reversed. Anger that is under control and directed toward problems, not people, is a source of energy, and in a sense, a gift from You. However, it is also a dangerous power. Channeled properly, it helps me address problems. So help me neither to stuff it nor explode, but to address that which makes me angry, when possible.
Today I pray for the Gujarat State of India, with its 50 million people. Perhaps .3% of the population is made up of evangelical born-again believers. Thatís tiny. Thank You that, despite the small percentage, the church is growing in some regions in this state. The pressure from the majority Hindu population (nearly 90%) is great. O Father, pour out Your Spirit in this region. May the percentage of believers grow tenfold over the next decade, I pray.
Lord, Turkey is the largest unreached nation in the world. Thank You for Turkish World Outreach as it "goes to the Turkic world and groups associated within it such as the Kurds and Tajiks, seeks to establish reproducing, indigenous churches...[and]...partners with sister agencies where possible and useful." O Lord, "Only about 6% of all foreign missionaries are working for the blessing of Muslims who constitute a third of all non-Christians." So Father, please bless and prosper this work; grant them much fruit, provision, safety, harmony and Your wisdom, I ask.
Now, Lord, help me to reach out in my world, I pray in the Saviorís Name, Amen.
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