Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are the God Who wants to be known and is knowable. Although we cannot know all about You—we will be learning about You for eternity without exhausting Who You are—we can know You as our friend. This is why Jeremiah tells us, "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me" (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
O Lord, keep me from being like those who find their purpose in life apart from a relationship to You, "My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water" (Jeremiah 2:13). O Lord, only You can satisfy. Whatever we attempt to put in Your place is like a broken cistern. Father, help me to believe this, for I must confess that sometimes my single-mindedness gives way to a divided heart. So, like David, I pray, "give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name" (Psalm 86:11).
Father, today I pray for the world's intelligentsia class: our professors, top authorities, intellects, philosophers and scholars. I also pray for the entertainment industries that take the thoughts of the intelligentsia and spread them at a popular level.
O Lord, You call mostly common folks. Your Word states, "Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth" (1 Corinthians 1:26). Father, although Your Word says "not many," this does not mean "none." You have always called some from the intelligentsia to Yourself. O Lord, we pray that You might stretch this verse to full stretch. We pray also that many who already know You would take the helm as our society's great thinkers, as in the days of Jonathan Edwards. We also pray that You would get hold of the entertainment industry. Help them to disseminate a worldview reflecting the Judeo-Christian viewpoint, I ask.
Help Your children to restrict their participation in entertainment to that which is decent. Father, so many Christians feel constrained to see the movies or listen to the music that everyone else sees or listens to. Help true Christians to develop a selective mentality, I pray.
I pray for the nation of Denmark. Thank You for the 4.8% of the population that claim to be born-again evangelical Christians. Many of the people claim a formal form of Christianity, but they do not attend church and do not have a personal, living relationship with the Risen Christ. Please use the Jesus Film, the Danish Bible Society, and may Your Spirit also empower the new and promising Christian youth movement.
Lord, please bless Village Ministries International and their work in Africa, Asia, Central America, Eastern Europe and North America. Lord, as they seek to go into all the world, evangelize the lost, and teach them God's Word, I pray that You would prosper their work. Grant them much fruit, harmony, safety, provision and the power of Your Spirit, I ask. Help them as they, "locate and fully equip nationals...for ministry so that they may evangelize and teach their fellow countrymen."
May I live in a way that pleases You today, I ask, in Messiah's Name, Amen.
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