Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
When Solomon dedicated The Temple, he prayed, "But will God really dwell on earth with men? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! Yet give attention to your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy, O LORD my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence" (2 Chronicles 6:18-19).
Father, we dare not limit You to a building, an image, or a symbol. In our quest to control You, we try to reduce You down to manageable size. We want to believe that we can get You to do what we want You to do. Instead, O Lord, You remind us that You are God, not us. You are the Master, not us. Not only can our puny buildings not contain You, the entire universe cannot do so.
You meet our needs out of Your grace, not our controlling power. Even the faith we have is a gift from You. So instead of seeking to control You, O Lord, help me to trust in You.
O, Lord, please bring help to the hurting, the emotionally wounded and the devastated. Strengthen those stung by disappointment, encourage the demoralized and bind up the emotionally wounded. Especially help: __________.
Father, I pray for those who go from marriage to marriage, job to job, church to church, credit card to credit card. Perhaps this includes me. Others are tossed when it comes to belief; again, perhaps I have this tendency. May I decide once and for all that my life is first and foremost about You, not me. Unite my divided heart, O Lord.
Lord, help me to be cautious myself, for I am prone to wander. I am not above falling away from You or being ensnared. Your Word warns, "Let him who thinks He stands take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12). My own vulnerability and propensity to sin is easy to rationalize or deny. Please keep me from such foolishness. Help me make no provision for my sinful nature.
My King, today I pray for the Indonesian island of Sumatra with its 40 million people. The overwhelming majority of the people claim to follow Islam, but thank You that perhaps 10% of the people are born-again evangelicals. O Lord, help these ones to find Your wisdom and direction. May they grow strong in You and share the Word effectively. I ask that the percentage of believers would double over this next decade.
Thank You for the tentmaking (serving as a missionary while working at a secular job) ministry of Global Opportunities whose mission is to "mobilize and equip missions-committed lay Christians to serve abroad as effective tentmakers, primarily to least-reached peoples. [They] provide prospective tentmakers with overseas job resources, job and missions' counsel, training and mentoring to increase effectiveness, connections with coworkers in country and limited support on the field. Global Opportunities seeks to partner with individuals, churches and mission agencies to accomplish this task." Bless this work and make it effective for You, I pray.
I commit my friends, family and life to You today, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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