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Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
December 18
by Ed Vasicek

Lord,

When the wise men bowed before the infant Savior, they brought Him a gift of gold. Gold was the most valuable substance in that day and still is near the top two thousand years later. Gold is a gift fit for a King. Biblical Kings amassed great supplies of gold: Pharaoh, Solomon, Nebuchadnezzar. They had golden cups and golden bowls.

By traveling a great distance and referring to Jesus as "King of the Jews," there is little doubt that the Magi recognized that Jesus is a King. He is not only "King of the Jews," but also the "King of Kings and Lord of Lords."

Speaking of God, 1 Timothy 6:15 reads, "God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen."

Speaking of Jesus in Revelation 19:15-17, we read, "Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. 'He will rule them with an iron scepter.' He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS."

Jesus is King of Kings because He is God Almighty! Praise His Name!

Thank You, Lord, that as a follower of Jesus Christ, I enjoy fellowshipping with other believers and working together as a family. Help me to love my brothers and sisters in Christ in practical ways (1 John 4:11-12).

Lord, help those looking for work. Guide Your children into fields and places of employment based upon Your purposes. Especially prosper those who work honorably

Today I remember the Asian nation of Myanmar, just north of Thailand. Although freedom of religion exists on paper in this nation, the military regime has a track record of forcing others to convert to Buddhism. Thank You that the evangelical church has grown to 5.2%, despite this pressure and despite the expulsion of missionaries in 1966. Thank You that missionaries have been allowed in. We pray that You would bless the translation work as 14 translations are startedóbut another 14 need to be started as well. O Lord, may the number of believers double within the next decade. Use Christian radio, the Jesus film and the testimony of believers. Provide solid education for church leaders and may the government become more tolerant.

Thank You for the ministry of Caring for China whose vision "is to share the love of Christ with the people of China by sending Christians to work alongside them. [They] do this by placing teachers of English in positions at universities and secondary schools in China where there is a great need for teachers and by providing suitably qualified, motivated and experienced personnel to care for orphaned, handicapped, abandoned and sick children in cooperation with appropriate local authorities. In addition to providing practical help and care, the outworking of [their] vision involves training local personnel to assist [them] in this work of compassion." O Lord, bless their efforts, give them unity of Spirit, provide for and protect them and may they reach many.

Now help me honor You throughout my day, I pray in Jesus' Name, Amen.

Pastor Ed

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