Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
My Lord Jesus Christ is my great High Priest. He does not qualify to be a priest after the order founded by Aaron. No, His priesthood is after the order of Melchizedek, an order that preceded Aaron's. As a matter of fact, Aaron's forefather, Abraham, paid tithes to Melchizedek! As a sinless high priest, Jesus did not have to offer a sacrifice for his own sins. No, He had and has direct access to You. And He did not offer sacrifices of bulls and goats to make us merely ritually clean so that we could participate in the religious life of Israel. No, His sacrifice cleansed our consciences and our souls. He offered Himself! He is both the priest and the sacrifice. And His sacrifice only needed to be offered once for all time since the infinite Son of God is joined to the human nature of Jesus so that an infinite price has been paid. The sacrifice of Jesus is more than adequate to save all.
Father, help me remember not to take my own revenge, but to leave space for You to do so. Although I can confront or claim the protection offered me by law or policies, many things fall in-between those cracks. I am tempted to get even. But, Lord, by not getting even, I allow You to deal with matters thoroughly.
Lord, I have some specific requests to bring before You today. They are: __________.
Lord, I am thankful for many things three of which are: __________.
Lord, I empty myself before You so that Your Spirit may fill me. I find my strength in His power not my own. May Your Spirit control me today.
Father, help me to be a person who thinks ahead. Help me learn the principle of counting the cost, redeeming the time, wisely making decisions and keeping the commitments I make. Keep me from procrastinating and help me to pace myself.
O Father, today I pray for the six union territories of India with its 2 million people scattered over scores of islands. Father, these people are virtually unreached. Just a tiny fraction of one percent claims any kind of Christianity at all. O Father, may You grant the repentance that leads to life for many of these people. Send forth laborers, use the Jesus film, literature and Christian radio. O God, do a work among these small island peoples, I pray.
I remember South America Mission and their vision "to see the Church of Jesus Christ established so that thousands of local, witnessing communities of believers are maturing in their own knowledge and faith, while working to ensure that everyone in South America has multiple opportunities to hear a clear, meaningful and persuasive presentation of the gospel from within their own ethnic or social group." Bless their evangelistic efforts, their discipleship training and leadership training. Raise up strong lay leaders with the believing community. Provide for the missionaries, empower them with Your Spirit, help them work in harmony and may they see many brought into the Kingdom of God and brought to spiritual maturity to Your glory.
My King, help me a person of integrity. Keep me honest, I ask in the Messiah's Name, Amen.
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