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Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
December 19
by Ed Vasicek

My wonderful Lord,

The Magi brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold (symbolizing His Kingship), frankincense and myrrh. These gifts seemed to be prophetic of His Person and Ministry. The frankincense was a rare form of incense. This implies that they recognized Him as God in the flesh.

In the tabernacle and later, the temple, the priest would offer prayers in the holy place near the altar of incense. In Revelation 5:8, we see that in heaven, prayer is represented as incense: "When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints."

Prayer is the ultimate act of worship, which is why we should pray to no one other than You, my Lord God. For only You are everywhere. Only You, O God can hear and answer every prayer. And so we perform our acts of worship for You and You alone, Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

I pray for my lost friends and family members including: __________. Father, please send Your Spirit to draw them to Yourself and grant them the repentance that leads to life.

I pray for the elderly, sickly and shut-in people I know or know of including: __________.

Father, help me to value my conscience. When it speaks to me, help me to be online. The new nature you've given me has intensified my conscience, making the Law of God written on my heart more pronounced. Help me to align my conscience with Your will. I do not want to become the weaker brother by cringing under the false guilt of an unhealthy conscience. I do not want to harden my heart and dull the whisper of conscience.

I remember the African nation of Namibia. Thank You that over 10% of the population claim to be born-again Christian evangelicals. Many people claim some form of Christianity, but theological liberalism has overtaken many churches. As a result, people are turning away from liberal "Christianity" while others are Christians in name only; the youth are turning to drugs and rejecting Christian values. Thank You that the evangelical Christianity is on the increase. Thank You, Lord, but the challenges are great. May Your Spirit work mightily in this nation, recall it from a "post-Christian era" and may the percentage of evangelicals double over the next decade, I ask.

Lord, bless Medical Ambassadors International as they share Christís Gospel and "teach specific methods to prevent disease, improve agriculture and develop economic resources. Volunteer 'medical ambassadors,' selected by the community to receive this training, share what they are learning with others. In this way, a process of transformative change is initiated that is community-owned, sustainable and which enhances human dignity....Medical Ambassadors is a community of people now extending across more than 70 countries, and numbering in the tens of thousands." O Father, give this ministry harmony, success and the power of Your Spirit. May they see entire communities change both spiritually as they share Christ, socially and economically. Please keep Your hand on this ministry.

Now, Lord, I commit this day to You in the Messiahís Name, Amen.

Pastor Ed

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