Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Your Word describes Jesus Christ as "the Power of God" (1 Corinthians 1:24). Of course He is much more than that. He is God in the flesh. He is the Second Adam. He is the Savior—and a host of other descriptions fit Him. But He is also the Power of God. Although He seemed to be weak in His death—He was led like a lamb to the slaughter and suffered the pain, humiliation and indignity of death on a cross—what appeared to be weakness was actually power. For by His submission He ransomed us, doomed Satan and provided the foundation for a New Heaven and a New Earth. It was soon apparent that His weakness was not weakness at all, as He arose powerfully from the grave!
Lord, when I am down and depressed, help me not to feel guilty about that. The Psalmist did not feel guilty when he cried, "Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD" (Psalm 130:1). Depression and feeling blue are part of life. Even Jesus is described as "a man of sorrows" (Isaiah 53:3). There is "a time to weep and a time to laugh" (Ecclesiastes 3:4). But do not let me think that my depression will last forever, that I am a complete failure, or that I am defective. Lord, those are lies from the devil and I claim the protection of the blood of Christ. Help me put on the helmet of salvation so that my thoughts become guarded!
I pray for my lost friends and family members including: __________. Father, please send Your Spirit to draw them to Yourself and grant them the repentance that leads to life.
I pray for Christians who are straying from their first love or compromising their walk with You. Rekindle the faith they once professed and help them fervently love the Savior once again. Remove their boring view of serving You and help them see the adventure and fulfillment of walking daily in Your light. Stir up their hearts and help them make the routines of godliness a part of their lives. I especially remember: __________.
Father, the nation of Iran is in my prayers today. Although we have heard a lot about this nation in the news, we pray for the people of Iran, that they might be saved. Lord, we cannot get reliable figures, but there are probably only a few thousand believers in Iran, if that, less than one tenth of one percent. With Iran being over 99% Muslim and noted for intolerance, 5 million Iranians live outside the nation. Thank You for their 70 congregations. We pray, Lord, that freedom would reign in Iran and that the Gospel would spread and multiply. The Magi came from Iran (Persia) to see the Christ child and we pray that the people of Iran would likewise come to Christ.
Lord, thank You for the Belgian Evangelical Mission whose "vision is to reach everyone in Belgium with the Gospel by evangelizing every generation and people group, planting churches in every city and town and inspiring the evangelical community." O God, bless this ministry and grant them great fruit for their labors. Empower them, grant them harmony, provide for and protect them, O Lord. Europe is such a difficult mission field. Help this ministry to destroy the barriers of secular humanism and make deep inroads with Your Gospel.
Help me to make inroads with the Gospel in my family and among my friends, I pray in the matchless Name of Jesus, Amen.
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