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Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
November 23
by Ed Vasicek

My Great Master in Heaven,

You become angry with those Who give you mere lip service, as You explain, when "people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me" (Isaiah 29:13). You are not a God Who wants image or impression; You want substance and heart-felt sincerity. You do not want our token efforts or half-hearted allegiance. You want us to love and serve You with all of our hearts. Your Son discouraged us from praying with useless repetition or a sheer volume of words (Matthew 6:7). You are only pleased with the simple and sincere. You are a no-nonsense God. May I never forget this truth, O Lord.

Lord, help me to bear up under the trials, disappointments, fears and tribulations of life including: __________.

Lord, I remember that the trying of my faith works patience and patience experience and experience hope (Romans 5:3-4). You use trials in my life to develop me, to teach me, to try me, to discipline me and to make me strong, for when I am weak, then I am strong. Lord, sometimes this sounds more like theory than practice. I often do not appreciate this. But then I remember that You are the Potter and I am the clay. I'll try to trust You even when I cannot understand Your ways.

Help me to resist temptation and the lures of the Satan today. He and his many demons are on the prowl, but help me not to be ignorant of his schemes. Help me overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).

Lord, help me to remember not to make decisions based upon my emotions. Help me not to confuse the emotional with the spiritual. Help me remember that, “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool” (Proverbs 28:26); instead help me cling to Your Word and the direction given by wise fellow-believers. Help me be cautious and wise in making decisions and to weigh the long-term effects of my choices carefully and realistically.

Lord, You have done a great work in the African nation of Zimbabwe. Thank You that over 25% of Zimbabwe’s 12 million people claim to be born-again evangelical Christians. I praise You that You doubled the number of believers during the 1990s. It is my prayer that the church would not only continue to grow in numbers but in depth. Father, AIDS and land issues have plagued this nation. Turn things around, O Father, and may You get the glory!

Lord, bless the Associations of Baptists for World Evangelism, a ministry that serves churches of many Baptist and non-Baptist groups. As they explain it, "the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism is an independent mission agency that exists to serve local churches in the task of sending missionaries around the world. ABWE, with ministries in over 70 countries, services over 5,000 churches and 1,250 missionaries." O Father, grant them harmony, safety, provision and the power of Your Spirit as they serve You and share Christ with others. Help those they reach to become mature in You. Bless them, I pray.

Now, Lord, help keep my heart true to You today, I ask in Messiah’s Name, Amen.

Pastor Ed

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