Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Your Word tells me, "Cursed is everyone who trusts in man, who depends on the flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord" (Jeremiah 17:5). Lord, You want to be the source of my strength; You want me to learn to depend upon You; You want me to turn my heart toward You, not away from You.
Father, Your desire for me is completely reasonable. You encourage me, "But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him" (Jeremiah 17:7). Lord, I can understand this principle; it is not only reasonable, but also easy to grasp.
Yet, Lord, I admit that I am predisposed against this. Because my "heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure" (Jeremiah 17:9), I find that I am often a divided person.
On the one hand, I want to depend upon You and walk closely with You; on the other hand, I am afraid to trust in You and would rather trust in what my eyes can see or what I have determined in myself. And when You haven't give me my way, I find it easy to put distance between You and myself; it is my subconscious attempt to protest that I do not like some of the things You do or allow. I will not face that I am doing this, because my deceitful heart will not let me see how ugly I am. But then I realize we are not as close as we used to be and Your Spirit focuses His spotlight on the evil within me.
Like Paul the Apostle, I cry out, "What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?" But like Paul, I also cry out with joy, "Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!" (Romans 7:24-25).
My King, I remember the island of Sulawesi, part of the nation of Indonesia. This island is home to over 15 million people with its great variety of people groups. Thank You that about 16% of the population might identify themselves as born-again evangelicals. But, Lord, there are so many who do not know You! In addition, there are somewhere between 30 and 110 language groups which do not have a Bible in their native tongues.
An additional challenge is the problem of violent confrontations between language groups. O God, bring peace, freedom and, most of all, Your Gospel to this entire island! May the number of believers double over the next decade, I ask.
Lord, today I remember in prayer all the true ministers of the Gospel within a 50-mile radius of my home. O God, grant them protection, provision, harmony within their own families, within their churches and, most importantly, in their relationship to You. Keep them true to Your Word, correct them, empower them and give them hearts devoted to You, I ask. Grant them great wisdom and give them fruit for their labors.
I commit these last two days of the year to Your glory, in the Savior's Name, Amen.
Highland Park Church
516 West Sycamore Street
Kokomo, Indiana, USA