Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
I say Hallelujah! You sent Your Son to be my Savior over 2,000 years ago. As I reflect on this event, I marvel at Your love and care for me. Your word says, "But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons."
The time was right, the virgin Mary miraculously conceived and God the Son became a man! He was born "under law." He was of the people of Israel, the tribe of Judah and the house of David. He came to buy us back from the curse of the Law because we are all lawbreakers and under that curse. And now, we are heirs together with Christ. We are Your privileged children!
Today we celebrate and well we should. For You, O Lord, have given us all things to enjoy. We join hands with others who know Christ and the real meaning of the holiday and we sing our songs of praise and joy.
Today I pray for those who are not as blessed as I am: the poor, the downcast, the depressed, the abused, the ignored, the broken-hearted, the infirm and the ill. O Father, please send some Christmas cheer their way today.
I pray for my loved ones, those who are nearest and dearest to me. May they all come to know You if they do not; if they do know You, may they stand firm in You and be serious about growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray for the leaders of our world. O Lord, we know the promise of Christmas is "peace on earth." Yet we know that this peace will only occur when the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ, returns to reign. But in the meantime, O Lord, grant us a great measure of peace.
Father, help me to serve You faithfully. Holidays sometimes change my routine and it is easy to turn into a different person. Perhaps I am tempted to be impatient, or I let relatives upset me over trite issues or quirks. Help me exemplify godliness for the rest of this year and into the next.
Lord, today I pray for my church and evangelical churches everywhere. I pray for Bible-believing pastors, that they might walk closely with You and take their calling to teach Your Word with utmost seriousness. Provide for them, protect them, guide them and empower them by Your Spirit.
I pray for missionaries who are longing to be at home and with their extended families this Christmas. Lord, missionaries—and their families—make so many sacrifices. I especially pray for lost family members who cannot understand why their kin would move to a foreign land; may they come to know You and then embrace the Great Commission.
Now, Lord, help me to enjoy the wholesome pleasures of Christmas to Your glory I pray, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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