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Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
December 15
by Ed Vasicek

Lord,

Near the time Jesus was born, Magi from the East probably Persia (Iran) came to worship Him. They saw His star, as predicted by the purported founder of the Magi, Balaam, "I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel. He will crush the foreheads of Moab, the skulls of all the sons of Sheth" (Numbers 24:17).

The forefathers of these Magi were probably taught by Daniel, who prophesied, "Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens'" (Daniel 9:25). This gave them the general time of the Messiah.

Perhaps the constellation of the Messiah mentioned in Revelation 12:1-6 is where the star appeared; perhaps it was elsewhere. But wherever it was, You prepared Your own welcoming committee for the Lord Jesus.

So it is that wise men still worship Him. Lord, these Magi traveled a great distance to find Christ. But for all who will believe, He is near at hand. Thank You that "whoever will call upon the Name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10:13).

Lord, I have some specific requests to bring before You today. They are: __________.

First John says that if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me those sins and You will purify me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). I confess the sins I am aware of now and I ask Your Spirit to search my heart. (Pause to admit them to God.)

Father, when I disagree with someone, help me disagree agreeably. Let others see that I have found security in You by how I disagree. If my ego, my self-esteem, or confidence is not on the line, others will see it. If on the other hand I view a disagreement as a personal attack, others will see that I do not sense my security in You. So let me be mature, kind but firm, more concerned about truth and respecting the rights of others to determine whether I am presenting truth that is convincing or not than I am getting my way.

Father, I pray for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Thank You that 27.6% of the population claims to be born-again evangelicals Yet, Lord, the translation of Your Word into daily life has been a weak link in the chain. Alcoholism, drugs and crime rates are high. Lord, help the churches grow in discipling believers and help those who know Christ to make Him their priority.

Thank You, Lord, for the Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry as they seek "to glorify God by proclaiming His Word through the Internet to the unreached peoples of the Arab and Muslim world...reaching the unreached in the Arab and Muslim world. We commit to work diligently using all the tools provided on the Internet to win lost souls and establish believers in the precious faith."

Lord, lay Your hand of blessing upon me and upon my loved ones today, I pray in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Pastor Ed

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