Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
In Isaiah 40:11, we read of You, "He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young." O God, You can be a gentle God, especially when it comes to Your sheep.
Lord, I know no one is born into Your fold. Indeed, we must be born-again to become part of Your special flock. Lord, You carry us close to Your heart. You love us and want us to feel the security of Your heartbeat. You gently lead us. O Father, help us be alert to Your gentle prodding. Just as a shepherd takes into account a sheep with young, so You are fully aware of the special circumstances in our lives. You understand my unique needs.
Thank You that You always stand ready to forgive. The only condition for the believer is confession, a repentant spirit. For those who do not know You, it is repentance toward You and faith in the Person and Work of our Lord Jesus Christ. When we trust Christ, all our sins are legally forgiven. When we sin as believers, sin causes relational problems between us, a tension in our relationship. Even though I am secure in You, sin creates an obstacle to our fellowship. When I confess my wrong, You immediately forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness.
Help me to forgive as You forgive. You forgive me when I meet the condition of repentance; help me to forgive others when they repent as well. May I stand ready to forgive.
God, like every one of the billions of people who inhabit our world, I am vulnerable. So, Lord, please send angels to watch over me and protect me. Keep me from harm and evil of every kind.
Today I remember the nation of Indonesia. About 4% of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals, but many Christians are untrained and in need of discipleship. Lord, the forces of Islam are seeking to hinder the freedom Christians have to share their faith and live the Christian life. O, Father, we pray that a spirit of tolerance would grip the land. We pray that You would strengthen the prayer movement, use the Jesus film and help the church to be in line with the teachings of Your Word. May the number of believers double over the next decade and may You raise up strong leaders and strong training ministries.
Lord, thank You for the ministry of CAM: "an evangelical non-profit, mission-sending agency currently serving in seven countries around the world.... CAM is devoted to proclaiming the gospel to Spanish-speaking people throughout the world and in partnering with the Spanish-speaking church to train and develop Latin leaders for service in global missions. CAM performs a wide variety of ministry efforts with a strong focus on evangelism, discipleship, church planting, leadership training and development, theological education and global missions mobilization." O Father, continue to bless this ministry. Provide, protect, empower and grant harmony to the workers, I pray.
Help me to be faithful to Your tasks for me today, I ask in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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