Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
My gracious Master and My God,
The Savior is referred to in Your Word as "the Lamb of God." Thank You, Jesus, that You laid down Your life for me as a sacrifice to the Father for my sins, as my sin offering. You did this freely of Your own will. You likewise took Your life up again through the resurrection.
Just as the angel of death "passed over" the homes of the Israelites and the believing Egyptians who applied the blood of the Passover lamb to their doorposts, so Your wrath passes over all those Who have accepted Jesus Christ and are washed in His blood by faith.
Lord, remind me to walk the extra mile in my dealings. Your teaching is a moderate one: You instruct me to make extra effort and be gracious, to walk the extra mile. But only an extra mile, not an extra twenty miles! So help me to extend a reasonable amount of grace to others, but at the same time help me to assert myself and not be taken advantage of after walking that extra mile.
Your Word tells me that if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me those sins and You will purify me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). I accept responsibility for them and freely bring the sins Your Spirit brings to my mind now: __________.
Father, I pray for strained relationships. We read of the return of Elijah that "He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers" (Malachi 4:6). Lord, there are many strained relationships between parents and children or in-laws. There are many other strains between family members or friends all around my community. Father, bring about repentance and reconciliation in my family—if this be Your will—or prevent these heartaches if all seems to be well now.
Lord, today I pray for the Spanish-speaking world. Most of these people reside in Latin America or in the European nation of Spain. Spanish is the official language of 20 countries and there are more than 30 countries in which Spanish is widely spoken. It is the third most widely spoken language in the world with 250 million people claim Spanish as their mother tongue. Thank You for the Scriptures in this language and that good evangelical literature abounds in Spanish. Thank You that many Spanish-speaking people have come to know Christ, especially in Latin America. May these nations become pillars for future missionary effort.
I remember OMF in prayer. Founded by Hudson Taylor in the 19th century, OMF, "is a global network of Christians proclaiming the glory of Jesus Christ among East Asia's peoples through fervent prayer, loving service and personal witness." Thank You for the over 1,000 members from 30 nations who serve with OMF. Lord, bless the missionaries with harmony, safety, provision and much fruit for their labors. Keep them close to You and empower their efforts by Your Spirit.
Lord, bless those who work as maintenance and repair workers. Grant them safety and may those who know You make the effort to share the Gospel with their coworkers, I ask.
Help me to experience Your peace today, I pray in the Name of the Cornerstone, rejected by men but precious in Your sight, Amen.
Highland Park Church
516 West Sycamore Street
Kokomo, Indiana, USA