Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
When Joseph, who was engaged to Mary, found out that she was pregnant, it broke his heart. He was engaged to her and loved her; he could not understand how she could be unfaithful. She had probably tried to tell him of the angel's appearance, but who would believe such a thing? But, Lord, in Your grace, You gave Joseph a dream to confirm that Mary was indeed still a virgin. The angel explained that the baby would be named "Jesus" because, "he will save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21).
O Father, the Lord Jesus came to save us from hell and death and Your wrath, but he also came to save us from our sins! His own people, the Jewish nation, largely rejected him although some believed, thank You that "as many as received Him, to them he gave the right to become the children of God" (John 1:12).
Thank You, Lord, that for me and all Who know Christ death has lost its sting. At death, my body and soul are separated. Although my soul will go to enjoy your presence, one day my resurrected body and soul will be reunited.
Father, I have learned that I cannot succeed in the Christian life by sheer willpower, trying harder, or working up enthusiasm. It takes the daily routine of prayer and Bible study plus being engaged in active ministry of some kind. But even more so, it takes Your Spirit's work within; otherwise what I do is forced and contrived. Create in me a willing heart. Please continue to work in me. Help me be faithful in the routine of life; keep me from going the way of making "decision after decision," as though there were a quick fix for all my areas of weakness. Instead, give me a hunger for You.
I especially remember those who are seriously ill and have younger children. Lord, we all expect to die—unless delivered by rapture. But, Lord, children need their parents so badly. Please preserve their lives and their health, I ask.
Lord, strife within families is awful. Please bring together members of my family or of a family I know who are at odds with other family members. We ask that the offenders would embrace repentance, apology, restitution and taking responsibility. Help them to be reasonable and willing to establish credibility over time, if that is what is needed. And we pray that those offended would be gracious, yet not naïve. We know some situations can never be fixed, but we pray that many relationships would be reconciled.
Today I remember the small countries included under the term Micronesia including the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Northern Marianas and Palau. These small nations are affiliated with the U.S. in varying ways and there is a high percentage that professes to be born-again evangelical averaging over 20% per country. Yet many professing Christians still practice native superstitions and these nations are weak when it comes to sexual morality. Lord, raise up strong leaders from within the church and help the Christians there to take deep root and forsake their pagan heritage.
Use me to Your glory today and help me be a witness for You here, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
Highland Park Church
516 West Sycamore Street
Kokomo, Indiana, USA