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Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
December 28
by Ed Vasicek

Lord,

Thank You that You are the God of mercy! Like the Psalmist, I can pray, "Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in You my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the disaster has passed" (Psalm 57:1).

The imagery is just what I need. As a mother hen shelters her chicks under her wings, so You shelter me when life is overbearing or disaster is near. And Lord, it warms my heart to know that you are comforting millions of Your children in this world at any given moment. You have comforted Your children ever since this world of ours was cursed. Thank You for being there for us!

Father, I have so many things I think I should do: chores around the house, errands to run, things to clean or organize, people I really should invite over, assignments I should be working on, matters of exercise or diet.... O Lord, sometimes I am overwhelmed and do not know where to begin. I always feel behind, under the pile and crave a simpler life. Yet, on the other hand, I need purpose and dislike being bored. Help me to accept that it is a no-win situation and that most of us struggle with these same things. So give me peace and guidance. Help me to prioritize responsibilities and choices based upon Your will. Let me take time to smell the roses.

Lord, I am thankful for many things two of which are: __________.

Lord, I present myself before You; may Your Spirit fill me. I trust in His power, not my own. I surrender control of my life to Your Spirit today.

I pray for the Indonesian island of Java with its 125 million people! While fewer than 3% of the population would call themselves born-again evangelical Christians, that number represents great growth. O God, please keep working mightily in this region! Thank You for the cooperation between believers. Lord, may the percentage of those who know You double over the next decade, I pray.

Praise Your Name for Operation Mobilization's with "over 4,000 people working in over 100 countries are serving with Operation Mobilization to bring a message of hope to the peoples of the world.... Working in every continent and on every ocean (via two ocean-going ships), Operation Mobilization seeks to demonstrate and proclaim the love of God.... Through literature, the creative arts, friendship, Bible studies, videos and cassette tapes, correspondence courses, relief and development work...by all means possible [they] will tell people how...lives have been changed...and how they can meet Jesus."

Empower these missionaries by Your Spirit, grant them harmony, safety, provision and Your wisdom.

I pray for the world's diplomats. I pray that they might find fair and peaceful solutions to the constant barrage of conflicts we face.

So I commit the next 24 hours to You, dear Lord, in Jesus' Name, Amen.

Pastor Ed

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