Prayers for Evangelical Believers:
by Ed Vasicek
As we say goodbye to the old year and hello to the new, it is with optimism and hope. We thank You that we are not on probation, but we are accepted in Jesus Christ. We have a righteousness that is not our own, but a righteousness permanently given to us, the righteousness of Christ. You see us in Jesus. So we will begin this year secure in You, and we will end it secure in You.
Yet, apart from Your steadfast love and faithfulness to us, the year ahead is a mystery to us. Some of us will finish the year in glory. James tells us to remember that we cannot be sure of what tomorrow holds, so we learn to say, "Lord willing" about our plans, dreams, and intended actions.
Surprises both good and bad await us. Yet You, O Sovereign Lord, all-knowing One, are never surprised. We are vulnerable and very mortal; You are beyond and above all and immortal. We are dependent upon you for every breath we take; You existed before we were born with no difficulty whatsoever. We need You, but You do not need us. Yet You love us, cherish us, and consider us of such worth that You sent Your Son, Jesus, to atone for our sins. His resurrection from the dead assures us that His atoning work was complete; he now sits at Your right hand.
So, Lord, we ask You to work in us this next year, so that we might will and do your good pleasure. Help us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Give us a hunger for Your Word, as newborn babes desire milk, that we may grow by it. Transform our lives as we renew our minds. Guide us in our choices, and help prayer to be second nature to us. Help us to share the good news of Jesus Christ with those around us; open doors and help us be alert to those open doors.
Send angels to watch our loved ones and us. Prosper us in all ways. Provide for us, help us enjoy good health, safety, and most of all help us exercise the faith You have given us to advance Your kingdom. Keep us from harm and evil, bind Satan, and help us to walk in the Spirit that we do not gratify the desires of the flesh. Help us to enjoy the wholesome things of this life, to live in a balanced way, and to be characterized by the fruit of Your Spirit. Help us love You and help us love others. Help us to practice love and godliness at home. May Your joy be our strength.
Bless our families, our church, our community, and our nation. End war, may all people enjoy freedom to worship Jesus Christ. Bless those who go into all the world and preach the Gospel. Prosper and bless all true missionaries, evangelists, and ministers of the Gospel.
So, Lord, we ask you to help us be good and faithful servants in 2013. We commit the coming year to you, in Jesusí Name, Amen.
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