Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
I know that You, Almighty God, are the Fountain of All Wisdom. You are wise in every meaning of the Word. No one is more in touch with reality than You are. You completely understand cause and effect, You know the consequences of choices Your creatures make, You understand discretion, prudence, reason and are more rational than the sum total of all creation.
Lord, help me to draw from Your wisdom. Your Word tells me that You enjoy giving Your children wisdom; we need to ask for it, cultivate it and value it. So often the people who value wisdom are wise, while those who do not seek wisdom are typically foolish. So help me seek wisdom as You direct in Your Word, particularly with the book of Proverbs.
Lord, thank You that prayer changes me. Thank You that prayer often changes events. Although You will not grant our prayers when outside Your will, there are many things You will only give us IF we pray. So often we have not because we ask not. So today, I am asking!
Thank You, Lord, that I need others to be happy and fulfilled. Sometimes I feel lonely and alone; help me not to cower in a corner, but help me to jump into my church, neighborhood and community. You made me to be social, just as You are social. Help me nurture that social part of my being and not cower in fear.
Help me remember that our church is a body and that I have a part to play. Help me to be forbearing, to confront when necessary and not to be touchy. Help me maintain a realistic view about human nature even among the regenerate, so that I do not hold false expectations that will be frustrated.
Father, I remember persecuted believers everywhere. Many thousands have died for their faith over the last few decades and the war of abuse continues. Help believers in countries where persecution is part of government policy—or where the government encourages others to do the persecution and looks the other way—to be especially wise at averting it. Help those who cannot avoid persecution without denying Christ to be strong and firm. Empower them for the trials that await them. We pray that the persecutors would themselves be won to Christ and that persecuting nations would be won over to the idea of true religious freedom. We pray especially for Guatemala, the Muslim portion of the Philippines, Eritrea, Kurdistan and Ethiopia, nations 51-55 of the 86 nations noted for persecution. Lord, please intervene as Your children suffer and die for the Gospel. I ask You to stop the persecution.
Lord, I pray for The Fellowship of Faith for the Muslims, "prayer, information and literature service for Christians who are concerned with sharing the Gospel with Muslims." They are an interdenominational, international service ministry. Although they do not send out missionaries, they help equip others to share their faith with Muslims. O God, bless this work, I pray.
Help me show love to those I come in contact with on a daily basis, I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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