Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Jesus Christ is my sin offering. I do not present my good works to You, for they are as filthy rags. I do not present religion or rituals to You. No, Jesus Christ is my final offering. He paid for my sins so I do not need to. Indeed, I cannot do so. As the hymnist put it, "Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling." As my sin offering, Jesus Christ is my complete Savior. He does not help to save me. No, he saves me completely. His blood atones for all my sins. He shed it once for all time for all people including me. I have appropriated this sacrifice by simply believing, by faith. Faith affirms Your character and agrees that what You say is true. Disbelief rejects Your credibility and is a great insult to You. Lord, I believe.
Help me be a person of character. Let my "yes" really mean "yes." Help me to speak honestly. Instead of saying what I should say, help me either speak my mind with tact or, if appropriate, hold my peace. But do not let my lips utter words I do not believe. Help me to love the truth.
Father, today I pray for the Bible-believing faithful pastors scattered in my country and around the world. Lord, their task is more difficult than ever. The modern challenges to the family, busier schedules, the high demands and expectations of church members and the stresses of ministry make pastoral work a high burnout calling. Additionally, troublemakers plague many churches and sometimes lay leaders with unhealthy attitudes control them. Pastors have to wear so many hats and be taught in so many areas: preaching, teaching, counseling, visiting, organization, keeping current on issues and ministry trends, administration, leadership, officiating weddings, funerals and baptisms...on and on it goes. Help pastors to stand up to attacks and not be passive, to pray and be alert and not try to make everyone happy. Help them do what is in the best interest of the church and the Kingdom of God. Help them train lay leaders to do the work of ministry and to put the ministry of the Word, their personal walk with You and their families above the expectations of others. Help them accept the reality that they will always have plenty of undone work, but help them not to be a slave to the "tyranny of the urgent."
Today I pray for those who determine the missionsí policy in my home church. Lord, many churches are so into themselves that they do not put much emphasis on foreign missions. This is so contrary to Your Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), the church's "job description." It urges us to do our part to get the Gospel to the entire world. Our own nation and area will always have needs, but we must share Christ with those who have never heard. Please, Lord, deliver us from ethnocentrism and help us understand that You want us to reach people of every kindred, tribe and nation. Guide our church leaders so they recognize the importance of this task and help them seek to do a fair share of supporting missions.
Now, Lord, help me be a good witness for You today, I pray in Jesusí Name, Amen.
Highland Park Church
516 West Sycamore Street
Kokomo, Indiana, USA