Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
When my Savior was born, there was a decree sent forth from Caesar Augustus, requiring everyone to register in the city of their forefathers. Since Joseph and Mary, who was engaged to him, were both descendents of David, they went to Bethlehem to register, the town from which David hailed.
Lord, when Caesar issued that decree, he had no idea that he was fulfilling your design. So You move in the hearts of not only those who know You, but You also influence those who reject You to accomplish Your purposes.
For Your Word clearly stated that the Messiah had to be born in Bethlehem centuries before the birth of Jesus. In Micah 5:2, we read, "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."
So the Lord Jesus was prophesied to be born in Bethlehem and is said to be preexistent. Jesus, Immanuel, is "God with us."
Father, I open myself to You. Help me be honest with You, others and myself. There are qualities about me that are not all positive. Sometimes I doubt, feel bitter, get depressed, arrogant, lazy, controlling perhaps even addicted to my own adrenaline. The room for improvement is a big room. Thank You, Lord, that You are not finished with me yet, but You are developing me. Thank You that imperfect and flawed people surround me. I am not alone. And thank You that, when I see Jesus, I will become perfect. I will be what I sense I should and could be.
Remind me that it is not good for me to focus on myself too much. I need moderation in all things even introspection. Also remind me that the best way to find my life is to lose it in pursuit of You and in service to others.
I pray for my lost friends and family members including: __________. Remind me that unbelievers are not the enemy; they are the victims of the enemy.
Father, please send Your Spirit to draw them to Yourself and grant them the repentance that leads to life.
Today I remember the central American nation of Honduras. Thank You for the great harvest of souls in this nation! Almost 18% of the population is born-again evangelical Christians. This is a poor nation with lots of street children and social problems. Help the church to make a difference in the nation and to draw even more people to You as a result. Provide opportunities for solid leadership training and empower Your children in that land.
I pray for the U.S. Center for World Mission, a ministry burdened for the "10,000 people groups [who] do not yet have a community of disciples among them....The USCWM produces and publishes resources to motivate and equip Christ's body...by gathering, applying and publishing insights....The U.S. Center for World Mission advances shared solutions to common hindrances in the mission effort."
I intercede for urban planners. May they serve their communities well. May they be noted for their integrity, far-sightedness and realistic approaches. May those who know You live out their faith and share Christ and may many in this field come to know You.
Bless my attempts to be responsible today, I pray in the Messiah’s Name, Amen.
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