Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are exalted above Your creation. You are not part of creation even though You are present everywhere. The universe had a beginning: You have always been. The universe is impersonal, You are Personal. You are Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Created things are impersonal except for the personal created beings: angels (both holy and fallen) and human beings. You are spiritual; much of the universe is physical. The laws of physics have no bearing upon You, but the universe would destruct were it not for those laws You established.
Lord, I know that the natural man—the person without Christ who has never been born again—that person cannot understand the things of the Spirit because they are foolishness to him or her. Although such persons may be religious, their eyes are not open until You, O Lord, open them. I recognize that I cannot reason someone into the Kingdom of God, nor can I persuade him or her against his or her will. But, Lord, You can use me in the process if Your Spirit is opening their eyes and helping them to accept spiritual truth. So I want to be used of You, but help me to realize that ultimately without You, I can do nothing.
God, please send angels to watch over me and my loved ones. Keep us from harm and evil of every kind, night and day, over the course of our lives.
Help those within my physical and spiritual family to love one another. Sometimes this can be a tall order; not everyone is necessarily easy to love and we love different people in different ways according to who they are and how they act. So give me both love and wisdom, both kindness and truth. Help me to know when to be firm and when to be gracious. Make me neither a doormat nor hardhearted.
I pray for church board leaders, officers and teachers. If any do not know You, may they become born-again. Help them to be true to the Bible and to put Your Word over their own personal agendas. Help them to have genuine integrity, Biblical convictions, love, wisdom and courage. Help them be more concerned about pleasing You than advancing their agendas; may they seek harmony when reasonable within the congregation.
Today I remember the African nation of Zambia with its 11 million people. Lord, in recent years, many have come to know You. Over 25 percent of the population claims to be born again and evangelical. The president is an outspoken Christian. Yet, Lord, the economy is in a mess and the AIDS epidemic is widespread. This also puts a lot of strain on pastors as they seek to evangelize those with AIDS, minister to their families, visit the sick and dying and bury the dead. Consoling and helping the families is a long term task. O Father, help the people of Zambia to come to know You, to embrace Christian morality and to have compassion upon those who are suffering from this dreaded disease, I ask. May the church continue to mature and may it continue to grow.
I offer myself up to You as Your servant today, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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