Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Thank You that You are not slow. You are not slow in keeping Your promises (2 Peter 3:9). When the children of Israel cried to You for deliverance, You delivered them right on time, just as You had promised (Genesis 15:13-14). But to us, it seems like You are slow. To You, a thousand years is like a day. Time is irrelevant (Psalm 90:4). Whereas we need You to teach us to number our days, You need to do no such thing for Yourself. You exist outside of time's boundaries.
So Lord, help me to be patient. You seem slow because my reference point is that of a temporal mortal. To me, there is a vast difference between a day and a thousand years. Whereas I think in terms of minutes, hours, years and decades, You think in terms of millennia. How awesome You are. That's why I am glad to be connected to the Ancient of Days.
Lord, I remember what we call the Golden Rule, the words of our Savior in Matthew 7:12, "Do to others as you would have them do to you." It is so much easier to recite than to do. Remind me to put myself in the shoes of others and to ask what is right. This is different from pleasing people, but it is considering what is in their best interest even if they do not like it.
Father, I remember those struggling substance abuse: alcohol, illegal drugs, legal drugs, or other abuses. O Father, help Your children to break free and bind Satan and his cohorts as they are often cheering on enslaving practices. Guide Your children to sources of help and give them renewed hope and direction, I pray.
I remember parents and their children. May parents everywhere protect and train their children in humane and balanced ways. Help them to love their children, not to spoil them and to encourage them toward positive directions. We pray that Christian parents would prove to be consistent role models for their young ones. Send angels to protect those children, I pray.
Lord, I remember the nation of Taiwan. Although it is independent from the People's Republic of China, the PRC does not view that independence as permanent. We know that this could be a real issue and we pray that You would prevent it from becoming just that. The 23 million people enjoy a great level of freedom, but this is also a corrupt nation. Only about 2.7% of the population claim to be born-again evangelical. Provide good pastors for the churches and multiply the number of believers there by ten over the next decade, I ask.
Thank You for the International Nepal Fellowship, "a Christian mission called by God to serve Nepali people...involved in health and development work with Nepalís government, non-government organizations and local communities. The work is an expression of Christian compassion and evidence of Godís grace...members are called by God to belong to, be committed to and serve Nepali churches." O Lord, use this work to glorify Yourself and to bring many to Jesus, I ask.
I commit my day to You, in the Savior's Name, Amen.
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