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Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
December 21
by Ed Vasicek

Dear God and King,

When Jesus was presented at the Temple when he was 40 days old, before the Wise Men had visited Him, Joseph and Mary offered the sacrifice of a dove, the prescribed sacrifice for one who was poor but not totally destitute. Although Joseph and Mary were not wealthy, they held the greatest treasure in the universe: the Lord Jesus Christ.

Simeon was an unusually godly man. You, O Lord, had revealed to him that he would not die before seeing the Messiah. When Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the Temple complex, Your Spirit prompted Simeon to meet them there. Simeon took the baby Jesus in his arms and blessed Him and prophesied that He would be, "a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to [His] people Israel" (Luke 9:32).

Indeed, Simeon was right. The Lord Jesus Christ has brought redemption to both believing Jews and believing Gentiles. Thank You, Lord, that I am among the multitude of those who believe! Thank You also, Lord, that the same Holy Spirit who guided Simeon both guides and dwells within me!

Lord, I remember my marriage (if I am married) and the marriages of my extended families, friends and church families. Lord, hold them together. Help married couples to lean upon you and to work hard at addressing problems and experiencing harmony. I also pray for those who are divorced that You would help them to go forward with Your hand in theirs.

Today I pray for missionaries that my church or I support including: __________.

Father, Your Word tells me that, "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18). Help me to run from pride and to pursue humility which is simply sanely seeing reality from Your perspective and looking at things in proper proportion.

I pray for the Asian nation of Nepal, the world's only Hindu Kingdom. Even today, persecution is still a problem in this nation though it has lessened since 1990. Thank You for the 1.6% of the population that claims to be born-again evangelical. Thank You for the new opportunities to train leaders. Bless the outreach of individual Christians, literature ministries, tape ministries, radio and the Jesus film. May the number of born-again evangelicals triple over the next five years, I ask.

Lord, bless the mission of Christian Outreach International, which is "concerned about the spiritual needs of the lost people of the world. The task is twofoldóreaching the lost and the development and training of believers who are called to 'go into all the world and preach the Gospel.' [Their] aim is to aid believers in being witnesses to the world by reaching people where they are on the streets, in sports arenas, at places of business and in their homes." Bless them, Lord, by empowering their efforts by Your Spirit. Provide for them, protect them, grant them fruit for their labor and help them to work harmoniously, I pray.

Help me to be at peace with You today, I request in Jesus' Name, Amen.

Pastor Ed

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