Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Your Word compares You to a Potter and us to the clay. Just as the potter has the "right to make out the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use" (Romans 9:21), so we acknowledge that we have no grounds to talk back to you (Romans 9:20). We may not like where Your Sovereign hand has led us and our lot in life might be other than we would wish, but ultimately our main choice is whether to take Your hand or to kick against the thorns in protest. We choose to walk with You. We thank You that You understand exactly what You are doing even though things are sometimes not as we think they should be. We confess that You are doing a much better job at running the universe than we could. So we submit ourselves to You, the potter. We remember that we are clay in Your hands.
Father, help me to keep my spiritual eyes open and to join You where You are working. Perhaps a friend or associate is going through trials and You are using this to draw him or her to Yourself. Help me be alert and to minister accordingly.
Lord, thank You for blessing me so abundantly. Today I am thankful for: __________.
Father, I release the control of my life to You so that the Holy Spirit can control me. I remember that it is "not by might, nor by power, but by Your Spirit" that I can overcome (Zechariah 4:6).
Lord, help my church be harmonious. May the leaders be firm when it comes to the clear teachings of Scripture and gracious about the not-so-clear matters. Keep antagonists, troublemakers and those who resent authority away from our congregation. Help my church to be effective in evangelism, discipleship, loving one another and world missions.
O Lord, I pray for the Asian country of Yemen, a nation on the list of the world’s least evangelized countries. Followers of Islam make up 99.94 percent of the population. There are less than a thousand evangelical believers in this nation, a land where it is illegal for any non-Muslim to witness and illegal for Muslims to become Christians. Yet, Lord, You are beginning to work through radio, the Jesus film and tactful sharing. O Father, draw many to Yourself in the days ahead. May 5% of the population come to know Jesus over the next decade, I ask.
My Lord, I praise You for the work of Child Evangelism Fellowship: "For almost 70 years God has been using Child Evangelism Fellowship to bring the love of Jesus Christ to children around the world...with workers in more than 150 countries around the world CEF has personal, individual ministry with more than 6 million children each year." O Lord, bless this vital ministry, an outreach that occurs even in my home town.
Help me to display the love for righteousness the Savior exemplified, I ask in His Name, Amen.
Highland Park Church
516 West Sycamore Street
Kokomo, Indiana, USA