Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are a great God: grand, majestic, peerless, glorious, universally acclaimed and completely noble. You surpass our understanding and transcend our logic. Nonetheless, everything about You makes sense. Just as an infant cannot understand nuclear physics, so we cannot understand You. But because we cannot understand does not imply that You are not reasonable, consistent or logical—for You are. You are simply too awesome for us, too great for us to fathom. Our minds cannot grasp Your infinite nature or Your infinite attributes.
Father, create a hunger in me—a hunger for Your Word. Sometimes my spiritual appetite is sated because I have filled it with junk food. Sometimes my heart is focused elsewhere. You consider Your Word such a priority that You put it on a par with Your Name, for the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 138:2b, "for you have exalted above all things your name and your word." O Lord, may I agree with this opinion of Your Word, and may I take its study seriously.
God, sometimes I struggle with doubts: doubts about You, Your love for me, Your Word, or my salvation. But my doubts can be good. They can drive me to find answers, they help me empathize with the doubts of others and they spur me on to think more deeply. Remind me that faith is choosing to believe despite my doubts. Like the man who asked Jesus to heal his son, I too say, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" (Mark 9:24). So help me not to deny my doubts but to address them.
Father, You have done a great work in South Korea. Nearly 16% of the population is made up of born-again evangelical Christians. Ten of the eleven largest churches in the world are in Korea's capital, Seoul. Korea is second only to the U.S. in the number of missionaries it has sent out. We pray that the growth and success of the Korean church would continue forward and that more people would come to know Christ. O Father, may the materialism that has taken over the American church and now threatens the Korean church be held at bay. Help the believers to hold high moral standards and speak out against corruption. I pray that Your Spirit would protect and multiply the Korean Church.
Today I remember AMG International, "an evangelical mission and relief agency currently ministering in 55 countries of the world." Their mission is "to give each person at least one opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel." Bless their efforts and empower them with Your Spirit as they "endeavor to meet people at the point of their need whether it be hunger, sickness, or hopelessness and show them Jesus as the only answer to the problems of this life and the only hope for eternal life." Grant them harmony amongst themselves and provide for their needs bountifully, I ask.
Now help me be on the lookout for opportunities to minister Jesus Christ to others, I ask in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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