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September Prayers for Evangelical Christians

September Prayers


September 1

by Ed Vasicek




You never tempt us to sin, but You do test us so that we may prove our faith. It is not that You do not know the quality of our faith, but it is, rather, that we need to see it and tests help our faith grow.


You tested Abraham’s faith by demanding that He sacrifice His only Son, Isaac. But You sent Your angel to stop Abraham before he could put his son to death. Then the Angel of the Lord said, "Do not lay a hand on the boy.... Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son" (Genesis 22:12). Although You knew the outcome before You gave the test, so You condescend to us and relate to us as though You existed in the realm of time. Lord, it reminds me of a tall giant of a man stooping down so he can talk to a youngster eye to eye. You are the God Who condescends.


Lord, I remember those who are poor, sickly and disadvantaged in some way. Father, life is rough. Sometimes we create our own miseries and then we develop a victim mentality or we inherit a victim mentality. But sometimes – all too often – we can be poor, sickly, or disadvantaged through no fault of our own. And the easy solutions others offer us simply do not work in our situation. Thank You, Lord, that You see through our excuses and rationalizations, but You also see through the advice of the simplistic. You know "what is what" and, like Job's "comforters," You will demand that the know-it-alls give you an account.


Lord, help me to bear up under the trials, disappointments, fears and tribulations of life including: ___________________________.


Let me remember that You are developing my faith and that You often use difficult times to make me stronger in You. Though I admit that I usually hate such trials, I do appreciate what You have done in my life through them. My choice is to go through them with You or without You. I will go through them either way. I choose to go through them hand in hand with You.


Today I pray for the Asian (Middle Eastern) nation of Syria, with its 16 million people. Lord, less than .1% of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals. Thank You that Christians are fairly well tolerated, something unusual in a Muslim country. Although missionaries are not allowed into Syria, please continue to bless outreach through literature, the Jesus film, radio and television. May the number of believers grow tenfold over the next five years and may this pattern continue for four decades, I ask.


Lord, thank You for Grace Ministries International. "The mission of Grace Ministries International is to send missionaries into various countries of the world with the purpose of: Preaching the gospel of God's grace.... Establishing indigenous churches where believers grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus and equipping men and women to do the work of the ministry in the churches." Thank You, Lord, for their work in Asia, Australia, Africa and South America. Grant them harmony, provision, protection and empower them by Your Spirit. May many come to know Christ and mature in Him as solid churches are established.


Help me to mature in You, I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.


September 2

by Ed Vasicek


O Lord,


I sometimes feel so unworthy of You. And, Lord, sometimes it gets worse: I feel unworthy in general. Life defeats me, it seems; I think I do not measure up. But Lord, though You are awesome, You are not intimidating to Your children. Your Son, our Savior, did not come to rub sin in, but to rub it out. You are a God Who corrects and disciplines, but You are not a God Who gives into lengthy scolding. And Lord, sometimes I feel inadequate not just because I am sinful, but also because I am limited by my own personality, gifts and outlook. Your calling for me is bigger than I am. The needs are greater than I am.


Your plan for me differs from Your plan for others. Help me, Lord, to accept that. And thank You for not being the slavedriver that some imagine You to be. Thank You for working with me in gentle and patient ways. Thank You for Your mercies.


Father, protect my loved ones and I when we are on the road. Lord, traffic accidents, dangerous weather, even breakdowns can have disastrous consequences. Keep us safe as we travel, O Lord. Send angels to watch and protect us.


Lord, keep my heart ablaze for You. If it is not ablaze, please set it ablaze. You want me to be empowered by Your Spirit, not adrenaline. Help me not confuse the two. Lord, I do not want to become weary in well-doing because my labor for You is not in vain.


I remember parents. Lord, parents are so important to those little ones entrusted to their care. May parents everywhere protect and train their children in humane and balanced ways. Help them to love their children, not to spoil them and to encourage them toward positive directions. We pray that Christian parents would prove to be consistent role models for their young ones. Send angels to protect them, I pray.


Today I pray for the nation of Tajikistan, in Asia (a former republic of the USSR) with its over 6 million people. As a result of civil war, many foreigners – the main source for evangelism – left. Thank You though that their testimony of compassion lives on. Thank You that .1% of the population claim to be born-again believers; O Lord, may that number multiply by 100 over the next 20 years! Thank You for the relative amount of religious freedom in this nation and I pray it would continue and expand. Use the Jesus film and Christian radio to reach many and help the few Christians there to multiply themselves time and time again, I ask.


Lord, "the mission of the Great Commission Center International is to serve alongside evangelical churches and para-church groups for the realization of the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ." Father, their focus is China where they "support and participate in theological and mission training programs in China...publish training materials for Chinese intellectuals...publish and distribute training materials for churches in Christian books to major university libraries in China." O Lord, bless and prosper this ministry. Grant the workers harmony, safety, fruit and empower them by Your Spirit, I pray.


Lord, may my language today be gracious, seasoned with salt, I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.


September 3

by Ed Vasicek


O Lord,


You are the only One I can hang onto. More accurately, You are the only One Who can hang on to me. My loved ones are mortal and can be taken from me or turn away from me. Distance may separate us. But You, O Lord, are eternal and a Rock I can depend on.


As years go by, there are fewer people with whom we can remember the past, and we can only shares chunks of the past together. But You, O Lord, were there for it all, the good and the bad, the happy and the sad. You understand who I am and how I came to be who I am. You orchestrated events and planned me for unique purposes so that I alone can fill the niche You have carved out for me. What a God You are: the God Who shares the entirety of my life with me! Even before I knew You, You knew me.


Father, today I pray for those burdened with substance abuse and addictions. Although the process often begins with sin, the addiction is more than simple sin – it is also bondage. Lord, You understand all that is involved when it comes to addiction; I know little. But Lord, I do not need to know it all to ask You to help those I love (and perhaps myself) break free from these chains of bondage.


Lord, I have some specific requests to bring before You today. They are: ______________.


Lord, I pray for troubled marriages and those not so troubled including my own (if I am married). Lord, help Christians put in effort to maintain and invigorate their marriages. Help those who know You not to take their spouses for granted but to nurture their relationship. Bind Satan and help each spouse to focus on his or her own shortcomings and avoid making demands upon their spouses. May Christians address all areas of marriage seeking Your will in everything, I ask.


Father, I pray for the Meghalaya State of India with its 2 million people. Lord, most people in this region claim some sort of Christianity, but the younger generations are falling away. O Lord, shepherd these younger people back into the fold and strengthen the church there, I pray. I also pray for the Mizoram State. O Lord, what a work You have done here. Most of the 860,000 people know You! More than 2,000 people from this region have gone off to be missionaries themselves – would that it were this way all over India! They are highly educated and greatly blessed by You. Please keep them strong and keep using them, I pray.


Lord, thank You for Harvest Evangelism and their successful ministry in Argentina. "In over twenty-five years of ministry, [You, Lord, have] allowed Harvest Evangelism to gestate a prototype for reaching entire cities and nations for Christ based on the biblical principles of marketplace transformation, prayer evangelism and intercession." Thank You for the phenomenal church growth and evangelism produced by this approach! Grant wisdom, harmony, protection, provision and the empowering work of Your Spirit to this ministry, O Lord. May many come to You and mature into discipleship, I ask.


Help me think of You throughout my day, I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.


September 4

by Ed Vasicek


My God,


You are the God of the long-term plan. Of course You exist outside the realm of time, so You see all points of time at once. Not that I can understand that! So You see the big picture, and You are nudging history – including the infinitesimal part of history involving me – in directions that seem imperceptible to us. King David collected materials to build the Temple, Solomon, his son, had it built.


Four hundred years later, the Babylonian (general and later king) Nebuchadnezzar destroyed it. Then it was rebuilt by Ezra and destroyed centuries later by the Romans – but on the same day and month it had been destroyed the first time! In the End Times, it will be built again, only to be defiled the by the Antichrist. But Lord, there is method to the madness. What seems random is part of Your overall plan.


In my life, Lord, You bring me through refining fires and times of blessing. As Solomon wrote, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Your Holy Spirit is conforming me to the image of Christ. When I suffer, I share in the sufferings of Christ. When I am healthy, when my relationships are solid and when I have plenty, I can give You thanks or I can be so busy enjoying my blessings that I forget where they have come from. Then You shake me to wake me from my stupor. You remind me that I literally depend upon You for every breath and although I can have the assurance of salvation, there is little else in life that is sure and guaranteed.


Lord, I am thankful for many things three of which are: ______________.


Lord, I empty myself before You so that Your Spirit may fill me. May I find my strength in His power, not my own. May Your Spirit control me today.


Lord, help my church family be harmonious. May the leaders be firm when it comes to the clear teachings of Scripture and gracious about the not-so-clear matters. Keep antagonists, troublemakers and those who resent authority away from our congregation. Help my church to be effective in evangelism, discipleship, loving one another and supporting world missions.


Father, I praise You for what You have done in the Jiangsu Province of China with its 74 million people. Thank You that over 6% of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals. Lord, please keep the church growing and safe. Put a hedge around this area, Lord, and may the testimony of the believers be strong. May the percentage of believers double over the next decade, I ask.


Lord, bless the work of Emmanuel Ministries International, and their work in Aruba, Czech Republic, India, Kenya, Latvia (along with Estonia and Lithuania), Mexico, Romania, Russia and the USA. "EMI works with, within and for the local church, as it is God's pillar of truth and chief instrument for His glory in this present age.... EMI invests primarily in emerging leaders wherever poverty, persecution or other circumstances make training and ministry difficult." Provide, prosper, protect, empower and grant harmony to this ministry, I pray.


I commit my day to You, in the Savior's Name, Amen.


September 5

by Ed Vasicek




Your Shekinah, Your glory, was represented as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. This glory lead the children of Israel throughout 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. Your glory can be with us even in bleak and monotonous times, even during times of gloom we ourselves created, as did the children of Israel.


Your Shekinah dwelt above the Ark of the Covenant, for a time. When Jesus Christ came, He was full of Your glory. When the soldiers came to arrest Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, they asked for Jesus. When He literally said, "I am," (which is what Your Name, Yahweh, means), perhaps Your Shekinah was revealed for a second because, "When Jesus said, 'I am he,' they drew back and fell to the ground" (John 18:6).


Father, You spoke several times out of a cloud of glory, saying, "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!" (Mark 9:7).


And now, Lord, we reflect that glory to others. As we experience Your glory in our lives through fellowship with You, Your glory transforms us, "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."


First John says that if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me those sins, and You will purify me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). I confess the sins I am aware of now and I ask Your Spirit to search my heart (Pause to admit them to God).


I pray for parents of children who have gone astray. Whether in the realm of premarital or extramarital sex, drugs, alcohol, gambling, crime, violence, bitterness toward parents, abandoning the faith or in any other way, it hurts like nothing else can.


Today I intercede for the African nation of Tanzania. Lord, it is great to see what You have done through Your people here. Over 17% of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals, praise Your Name. Yet, Lord, the believers are not spread evenly throughout the nation. The coastal and southern regions are largely unreached. Thank You for the 10 translation projects underway, but there are about 45 people groups without a Bible in their native tongue. Please bless and prosper the work there. May Tanzania become a lighthouse for the region, I ask.


Father, bless the Fellowship of Independent Missions (FIM). Thank You that this mission agency ministers on every continent and is noted for its high standards. Lord, empower the missionaries, protect and provide for them and grant them harmony among themselves. Lord, may You use them to reap a mighty harvest, I ask.


Today I pray for those who work as customer service representatives. Help them to work honestly, kindly and efficiently. May those who know Christ use the open doors You provide to share Christ with others, I ask.


Help me to remember that whatever I do today, I can do it to Your glory. I pray these things in Jesus' Name, Amen.


September 6

by Ed Vasicek




When You gave the Law to Moses, the children of Israel were not even allowed near Mt. Sinai. You instructed Moses to set up boundary markers. Lightning and thunder accompanied this fearful event. According to Jewish tradition, You spoke the Law in the 70 languages of the nations.


Later, when Your Spirit answered Jesus prayer for oneness by baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ on the Day of Pentecost Your people praised You and gloried in Your grace. On Pentecost, 3,000 were saved; when the Law was given, 3,000 died (Exodus 32:28). You are the God of both Law and Grace, Justice and Mercy, Holiness and Compassion.


Thank You for keeping us by Your power. When we stray from You, You discipline us and give us a spanking of sorts. Thank You that You are looking out for our best interests, working in ways that may seem mysterious or illogical to us. You are not an enemy to keep at bay but a true Friend, truer than any other.


So, Lord, help me to understand what I can of You and Your ways. Do not allow me to be ignorant of Your Word, but help me to truly read and study it. Help me to learn the Word even if parts of it may not seem relevant at the time. Help me to believe that all Scripture is both inspired and profitable.

Help me to guard my tongue, to choose my words carefully and to use my mouth to heal, not to hurt. Help me learn to listen, to remember that You created us with two ears but only one mouth.


Lord, I have some specific requests to bring before You today. They are: ______________.


Help me with my thought life today. Help me think positive and pleasant thoughts today, thoughts that please You.


Lord, the Asian nation of Thailand with its 63 million people needs the Gospel. Even though missionaries have been working in Thailand for a long time, fruit has been scarce until now. Thank You that we are finally seeing some growth. O Lord, less than .7% of the population claims to be born-again evangelicals. Father, please multiply that percentage ten times over the next decade! May the Gospel penetrate hearts and spread throughout the society. Father, the sex industry with its abuse of children is well established in this land. O God, please let Your Word permeate this culture and help the citizens of Thailand protect their children and find more ethical means to generate income, I ask. Do a mighty work with Your Spirit there, I plead.


Father, thank You for the work of Global Advance as they seek to "provide training and resources for one million pastors and church leaders in needy areas of the world. [They] believe empowering national church leaders is the most strategic, cost effective and culturally sensitive way to advance the Gospel." Lord, bless and guide their efforts, grant them harmony, the power of Your Spirit, protection and provision, I ask. Grant them much fruit for their labors.


Grant me fruit for my labor, I ask in the Messiah's Name, Amen.


September 7

by Ed Vasicek




When You sent the twelve spies into the land of Canaan, ten of them decided that it would be too difficult for the children of Israel to conquer. Two of them, Joshua and Caleb, knew that they could indeed conquer the land but only with Your help which You promised. The children of Israel sided with the ten defeatists, turning away from Your Word and Your promises. As a result, the Israelites wandered around in the wilderness for one generation, forty years. The unbelievers died off, but Caleb and Joshua lived to inherit the land.


Although we cannot always see a clear distinction in this life between those who trust You and those who do not, You see that distinction with clarity. For to have faith in You is to affirm Your character as the God Who keeps His Word, as the God Who is trustworthy and has complete integrity. To doubt You is to attack Your very character. And so we glorify You when we trust You, even if we do not understand. Help my faith to be strong, O Lord.


Help me to resist temptation and the lures of the Satan today. Open my eyes to see how he is attacking my family, my church, my community and me.


Lord, marriage is something You ordained. It is not a man-made institution. Father, there are constant and relentless attacks waged against marriage and the evil one loves to break up families because this fits in so well with his agenda as "the destroyer." Children of divorce are more likely to get divorced, more likely to take drugs, more likely to have psychological problems. O Father, help the traditional family to make a surprising comeback. Thwart the schemes of the devil, I ask.


O Lord, thank You for what you have done with the 1.6 million people in the Indian State of Nagaland. Praise Your Name that the vast majority of the population claims to be firmly born-again believers! Hallelujah! Thank you for the churches, the theological institutions and the prosperity of this region. Yet, Lord, some Christians are not consistent in their behavior. Help the believers to be spiritually deep. May they send forth workers into other parts of India and win many to Christ, I ask.


Lord, bless the work of Global Recordings Network which "seeks to effectively communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ through audio recordings to all peoples in their own language." They are committed to "reach every tribe and tongue and nation with the gospel of Jesus Christ. GRN has made recordings in around 5,500 languages and dialects since the work began. Credible research indicates that there are over 10,000 vernacular languages spoken in the world today. Most of these don't have the written scriptures. GRN is committed to provide the good news for those tribes and tongues still without the gospel." Bless and prosper this ministry, I ask. Grant the ministry harmony and great fruit, I pray.


Lord, help me to look for opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ at home, at work, in school, or among those who rub shoulders with me on a regular basis. And then, Lord, bless my efforts.


I bring these requests before You, Father, in the Name of Yeshua, Amen.


September 8

by Ed Vasicek


Great God,


You are the God Who encourages. You give us courage. When Joshua was about to lead the people of Israel into the promised Land, You told Him, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9b). When Jeremiah was called to be Your prophet, he was a young man and very much afraid. You told Him, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."


But Jeremiah was still intimidated. He replied, "'Ah, Sovereign LORD,' I said, 'I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.'"


But Lord, You replied, "'Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you', declares the LORD" (Jeremiah 1:5-8, passim).


Lord, sometimes life seems too much for me; I feel inadequate and frightened. I am intimidated. Help me to remember that You, O Lord, are the God Who encourages Your children to do right and to serve You.


Lord, I am thankful for many things three of which are: ______________.


Lord, I empty myself before You so that Your Spirit may fill me. May I find my strength in His power, not my own. May Your Spirit control me today.


Today I pray for the evangelical church worldwide, all congregations made up mostly of people who claim to have been born-again and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who believe in the deity of Christ, His death on the cross for our sins, the literal resurrection, who stand for the Bible as the inspired and authoritative Word of God and who believe in salvation by grace through faith alone, apart from works. Thank You that although Christianity has declined slightly as a percentage of the world’s population, evangelical Christianity has grown from 84.5 million (2.8%) in 1960 to 420 million (6.9%) in 2000.


But, Lord, we know that growth does not necessarily mean truth. Indeed, sometimes those who follow the truth decline in number. So please, Lord, help evangelical Christians to crave Your Word, to value knowledge and doctrine and to address the questions of our day with intelligence and Biblical convictions.


Lord, the nation of Timor Lorosae, an Asian island nation, gained its independence from Indonesia in 1999 and the Indonesian military went on a vindictive spree of destruction because of this leaving the new nation in a state of upheaval. Lord, thank You for the 2.5% who identify themselves as born-again evangelicals; help them to work with the traumatized children and young people who are trying to recover from loss of their parents and possessions. The people live in deep poverty. Help the Gospel to take root, Lord. May the number of believers grow tenfold over the next decade, I pray. Provide translators for the language groups that do not have the Bible in their own language, I ask.


Lord, bless the missionaries my home church supports, including: __________. Keep them true to You and Your Word; grant them safety, provision, harmony, fruit and the power of Your Spirit, I ask.


Empower me to serve You today, I pray in Jesus' Name, Amen.



September 9

by Ed Vasicek


Great God,


You are my strength, O Lord. I am not adequate for the high calling and great trust You have given me. I cannot live the Christian life in my own power; I am incapable of producing the kind of works that please You. Were it not for Your grace, I could not even approach Your throne. Yet, O Lord, You have saved me by Your grace and given me the status of perfection. At the right time, Christ died for me. By Your Spirit’s indwelling, baptism and filling, I can live the Christian life and experience victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. I dare not fight these spiritual battles in our own name, but rather in the Name of my Savior, Jesus Christ.


Today I praise You that the Holy Spirit has sealed me for the day of redemption. I bear the royal seal of the King of Kings and none dare open the seal but He. I am Yours, Lord, bought with the blood of Jesus Christ. I am not my own.


Lord, I have some specific requests to bring before You today. They are: ______________.


Lord, I pray that You would protect my loved ones and I throughout our lives. Send guardian angels to watch over us, I pray. Keep us from harm and evil of all kinds.


Father, help me to work for Your Kingdom. Lord, I am tempted to do what I have to do to fulfill my daily responsibilities and then I am tempted to think that the rest of my life is mine to do as I wish. In a sense that is true. You want me to relax, to enjoy myself in wholesome ways and to develop social and personal interests. But Lord, You also want me to expend effort for Your Kingdom. Help me obligate myself to serve.


Lord, today I pray for Jiangxi Province of China with its 43 million people. Perhaps 4% of the population is made up of born-again evangelicals. I praise You for the areas where the church has multiplied, but other areas are very needy. I also remember another province with about the same population, the Liaoning Province, with its 43 million. The percentage of evangelical Christians is about the same here, too. O Lord, help the percentage of evangelical Christians in these provinces double over the next decade, I ask. May the Gospel permeate these societies. Give wisdom to the believers and empower them by Your Spirit.


I praise You for the ministry of Gospel for Asia as they are "planting churches in unreached areas. In each aspect of Gospel for Asia's ministry, the primary aim is to plant churches among the unreached – those who have never heard the Gospel" and as they are "sending native missionaries. Gospel for Asia trains and sends native missionaries because they have proven extremely effective. They are already familiar with the language and culture and they live at the level of the people they serve, thus removing many social barriers."


Father, please use and bless this outreach to win many to Christ. Help them establish solid churches; empower them by Your Spirit, provide, protect, and grant harmony amongst fellow workers, I ask.

Lord, I give this day to You, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.



September 10

by Ed Vasicek


Great King,


You are a God of joy. You offer joy to those Who know You and You fill them to overflowing. You are the source of joy, happiness and genuine contentment. Yet too often I look for contentment in other places. I settle for broken cisterns like the people about whom Jeremiah prophesied: "My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water" (Jeremiah 2:13). Remind me that You are the source of meaning and a rich life. The invitation of Isaiah 55:1 still stands, "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost."


Help me remember that our church is a body and that I have a part to play. Help me to be forbearing, to confront when necessary and not to be touchy. Help me maintain a realistic view about human nature so that I do not hold false expectations and become easily frustrated or disenchanted.

First John says that if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me those sins and You will purify me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). I confess the sins I am aware of now and I ask Your Spirit to search my heart (Pause to admit them to God).


Lord, thank You that we live in a day with many opportunities to grow and present our faith. We thank You for Answers in Genesis, including the Creation Museum and built-to-Biblical specifications Ark. The message of Noah very much parallels the message of the Gospel. Although we know that reason alone will not bring someone into the Kingdom of God, we also know that You use a variety of ways to help people focus upon the Gospel. We pray that You might use these as well.


Thank You for the African nation of Togo with its 5 million people, 9 percent of whom claim to be born-again and evangelical. While many more claim some form of Christianity, those versions have either gone liberal and deny the truth of Scripture or are spiritually dead. Thank You, O Lord, for raising up new works with new zeal and fruit to Your glory. Revive the church there, O Lord, and may the number of believers double in a decade, I ask.


Lord, thank You for Help for Christian Nationals which "is an interdenominational, evangelical missionary society...dedicated to spreading the Gospel, primarily through service to Christian national workers with economic and educational assistance and equipping them to be more effective in reaching their own people for Jesus Christ. HCN ministers throughout the world including Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, Nicaragua, India, the Philippines, Spain and Russia." Grant them fruit, provision, protection and the power of Your Spirit, I ask.


Protect my loved ones and I, in Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.



September 11

by Ed Vasicek


Gracious Lord,


Your Word declares in no uncertain terms that Your love is everlasting. Your love never waivers or vacillates and You Yourself do not grow weary or tired. You will shower me with Your love forever and ever and even now You do so. Your love is without limit; it reaches to the heavens. You do not need to release Your love in small portions to conserve it; it is infinite. Though I have begun to experience the wonders of that love, I will only see it in full force when I am with You in glory. But when I doubt Your love, all I have to do is look at the cross. You have proven Your love for me.


In Your love, Father, You have sent Your Spirit to live within me. He has written Your Law upon my heart in that He has given me a new nature that desires You. He has intensified my conscience. O God, may I become holier as I allow Your Spirit within me to control me and empower me.


Lord, today’s date brings back memories of the awful terrorist bombings which occurred in 2001. Father, I pray that You would wipe out terrorism from this planet. May those who have grievances go about trying to promote desired changes through legal and ethical means. Lord, I pray that terrorism would suffer an awful defeat.


I pray for my lost friends and family members including: __________. Father, please send Your Spirit to draw them to Yourself and grant them the repentance that leads to life.


Dear God, I pray that You would help me to discipline myself to be tactful in relating to others today. Help me to speak kindly, to write thoughtfully and to conduct myself with consideration to others. May my love for You and my love for others – rather than peer pressure – motivate me to be considerate.


Father, today I remember the Orissa State of India with its 38 million people. O Father, perhaps 1% of the population in this region claims to be born-again evangelicals. And Lord, persecution from those espousing Hinduism has been serious here. Anti-conversion laws make it illegal to convert from one religion to another. Yet, Lord, despite all this, the church has grown! Over half of the people cannot read, but thank You that Christian radio is reaching many. O Lord, protect the believers, empower them and multiply Your church in the Orissa State. May the number of believers double every five years for two decades, I ask. Do a mighty work here!


Lord, thank You for the ministry of Hope Builders International whose "purpose is to help build up the body of Christ through local discipleship, national partnerships and international support of indigenous mission activity. [Their] intention overseas is to introduce Western believers to those ministries that are actively furthering the Kingdom of God around the world in lands of poverty and persecution and to facilitate a working relationship between the Asia, the Middle East and the Turkish speaking world."


Father, use this ministry. Give them vast amounts of wisdom, provide for the work, protect those who do the work, grant them harmony among themselves and empower them by Your Spirit, I ask.

Help me walk the walk today, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.



September 12

by Ed Vasicek


King of Kings and Lord of Lords,


You are the God the remnant. At one time, only Noah and His family were true to You. You delivered them in the Ark while the ancient world perished. Throughout the Torah, we find individuals who knew You in surprising places: Melchizedek, Jethro and even Balaam. Job lived about the time of Abraham. When You singled out Your special nation of Israel, many turned away from You, but You always had Your remnant who refused to bow the knee to Baal. When our Savior came to His own people, they rejected Him – for the most part. But a remnant believed and together believing Jews and believing gentiles make up Your church. Even the word “church” means the “called out ones.” We are a God-fearing remnant from our society.


Lord, I have some requests to bring before Your throne. They are: ______________.


Lord, I am thankful for plenty of things (You have been good) and two of them include: _______________.


Lord, may Your Spirit fill me. May I find my strength in His power, not my own. May Your Spirit control me this day.


I ask that You would bless all of my relationships: the relationships within my family, among my friends, church members, fellow employees, neighborhood and community.


Help me to be a content person, not a constant complainer or negative. Help me encourage those who are close to me. Keep me away from put-down humor or rudeness. Help me to be the kindest toward those who are the closest to me.


Lord, help me to be a gracious person. Help me not react to insults or slights or delays or mistakes with uncontrolled anger, a demanding attitude, or rudeness. Instead, help me to delay my anger and gain my composure and consider the effect of my responses on others.


I remember those in our world who have lost loved ones to terrorists (or responses to terrorism), who have been injured, handicapped, or traumatized. O Father, please heal the broken hearts and help these precious survivors to find their strength in You.


Father, today I pray for the Pacific Island nation of Tonga with its 100,000 people. Thank You that almost 22% of the population identify themselves as born-again evangelicals and thank You that the King is a firmly committed Christian. Help the church to become healthier. Bring reconciliation to heal the many schisms and thwart the "personality cult" mentality that is all too common. May Jesus Christ be the true head of the church in Tonga, not just technically but practically!


Lord, thank You for the ministry of In-Touch Mission which "has for the last 20 years ministered to the Persecuted Church in Eastern Europe, Africa and whenever a need is presented. Primarily, the ministry attempts to uphold the name of our Lord Jesus by ministering to those who have needs, both spiritual and material, in areas of persecution."


Lord, I pray for both dental assistants and dental hygienists. Father, they perform an important service for many of us. Help them to do their work well with integrity and may those who know You freely share the Gospel.


Lord, help me to be appreciative of my freedom to follow Christ, I pray in His Name, Amen.



September 13

by Ed Vasicek


My Lord,


You are certainly just; You always do right. True, Your grace means that You bless me even though I am unworthy, but the wrath that was due me fell upon my Savior, Jesus Christ, Who was made a curse for me (Galatians 3:13).


Your justice does not mean that You treat everyone equally, but rather that no one gets less than he or she deserves. Although I must admit that Your ways differ from the common concept of justice, You are just in the truest and purest sense of the Word. Your character defines justice and Your Law reveals the wisdom of Your justice.


Lord, please send angels to protect my family and me. Thank You for making Your angels ministering spirits who serve the heirs of salvation.


Mighty King, help me to trust in You. May that trust cut down my propensity to worry. When I am afraid, help me to trust in You. Help me to look for and find Your hand in daily life, I ask.


Lord, please keep me healthy. Protect me from serious illnesses, I ask. I know You bring us through times of suffering to develop us and make us holier, but, Lord, I also know that we have not because we ask not. So, Lord, I am asking.


Father, help me confront my brothers and sisters in Christ when necessary. Although love covers a multitude of sins – those small infractions or things I can get over – sometimes an offense wedges itself within me. Then I need to follow the advice of Matthew 18 and go to the one who offended me. Talking behind his/her back will not satisfy You, nor will dropping hints. Help me speak the truth gently, but help me speak it indeed.


Lord, thank You for how You have worked in the Jilin Province of China. I praise You that perhaps 5% of the population is born-again evangelicals. O Lord, multiply the number of believers in this province of 27 million people. May government officials appreciate the contribution of Christians to their society rather than persecuting them, I ask. Help the Gospel to penetrate all regions within this province, I pray.


Lord, thank You for the ministry of The India Children's Choir as they travel the world to tell how the Gospel has transformed their community. The Hmar people of India were at one time headhunters, but missionaries arriving in India in 1910 found the people responsive to the Gospel. As the descendants of these people (The Children’s Choir) present this story via musicals, Your people are reminded of the impact of the Word of God. Working with "Bibles for the World," the choir moves participants to give toward providing Bibles in foreign lands. O Lord, bless this ministry, I ask.


Lord, I pray for those who work in the realm of electricity: electrical and electronic engineering technicians and electricians. Although their job descriptions are very different, help those who know You in these fields to shine for Jesus Christ.


Now, Lord, help me to shine for Jesus in my world, I pray, Amen.



September 14

by Ed Vasicek




In 1 Timothy 1:17 I read, “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” You are the eternal King. Your reign is not for a term or a generation, but for eternity. You are invisible to us. You are Spirit, and for us to see You as You are would mean death. Although You are present everywhere and especially present within me, I cannot see You with my eyes or feel You with my sense of touch. I cannot hear or taste You. You are beyond my senses. And You are the only God. Although mankind has imagined thousands of gods, human imagination cannot change reality. You, O Lord, God of Israel and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, are the only true God. And so I join the multitude of the heavenly host and ascribe to You honor and glory, and I will praise Your Name forever and ever.


I pray for my pastor, staff and church board leaders, officers and teachers. If any do not know You, may they become born-again. Help them to be true to the Bible and to put Your Word over their own personal agendas. Help them to have genuine integrity, Biblical convictions, love, wisdom and courage. Help them put their walk with You first, their families second and their ministries third. Do not allow others to intimidate them into neglecting their families and remind them "the fear of man works a snare." Help them be most concerned about pleasing You, while also seeking peace and harmony within the congregation.


Father, I have some personal health concerns including: ______________. I also pray for the physical, mental, or spiritual health of others including: ________________.


Today I ask You to watch me as I travel. This is a dangerous world, and I pray for safety. May my vehicle(s) perform well and watch over me, I pray.


Lord, thank You that prayer changes me. Thank You that prayer often changes events. Although You will not grant our prayers when outside Your will, there are many things You will only give us if we pray. So often we have not because we ask not. So today, I am asking!


Father, today I pray for the Latin American island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Thank You, Lord, that over 15% of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals. Yet, Lord, we know that many families are dysfunctional and the churches are often without clear direction or missionary vision. I pray that the quantity of the church would continue to grow – to double over the next decade. But I pray with even more burden that the churches would have a vision to reach out to other people groups and that the believers would grow in depth, a depth that affects their family lives.


Lord, Thank You for the work of the India Gospel League. Praise Your Name that You have used them to organize the planting of 7,000 churches since 1992! O Lord, help them as they evangelize, baptize and disciple. Grant them great fruit for their labor, protection, provision and the power of Your Spirit!


Empower me to serve You today, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.


September 15

by Ed Vasicek


Dear God,


Thank You that You always stand ready to forgive. You are serious about forgiving. The only condition for me as a believer is confession (admission and repentance) for my sin. For those who do not know You, it is repentance toward You and faith in the Person and Work of our Lord Jesus Christ. When I trusted Christ, all my sins were forgiven. When I sin as a believer, sin creates relational problems with You, a tension in our relationship. Even though I am secure in You, sin blocks our fellowship. When I confess my wrong, You immediately forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). We forgive others following Your pattern.


It is Your nature, O Lord, to be a forgiving and gracious God. And even though Your forgiveness is certainly conditioned upon our repentance, You never forgive grudgingly.


Lord, I have some requests to bring before Your throne. They are: _______________.


As just mentioned, First John says that if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me those sins, and You will purify me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). I confess the sins I am aware of now, and I ask Your Spirit to search my heart (Pause to admit them to God).


Lord, I thank You for the assurance of salvation I have by my faith in Jesus Christ and His presence in my life. Thank You that, according to 1 John 5:13, I know that I have eternal life. I do not need to merely hope or guess, I can know. Thank You that the blessed Holy Spirit bears witness to my spirit, that I am a child of God.


Lord, help me to be a gracious person. Help me not react to insults or slights or delays or mistakes with uncontrolled anger, a demanding attitude, or rudeness. Instead, help me to delay my anger and gain my composure and consider the effect of my responses on others.


Today I pray for the African nation of Tunisia with its 10 million people. Lord, the percentage of evangelical believers in this nation is zero! There are about 200 people who know You, and that’s about it. Missionary efforts have produced little fruit, but, Lord, many of these were won to Christ in recent years. Thank You that this nation is not as hostile or intolerant as are many Islamic countries; Lord, break through by Your Spirit. May the number of believers double every year for the next decade, I ask.

Give people dreams and prime them to come to know You; grant many the repentance that leads to life!


O Lord, thank You for the efforts of India Gospel Outreach as it, "trains and sends Indian evangelists and church planters to all peoples of India...starts new training centers throughout India to help local Christians reach their own people with the gospel...aids poor people of India with relief, education and development in the name of Jesus...[and] enlists intercessors to pray for revival and spiritual awakening in India." Empower, provide, protect and bless this ministry, I ask. Grant the organization harmony amongst its staff, I pray.


Help me to get along well with others today, I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

September 16

by Ed Vasicek


Dear Lord,


As soon as we are born, the timer of our lifespan begins. For some, it is long, for others short; for many others, somewhere in between. And Lord, we have all experienced the pain of losing someone close to us, someone whose absence grieves us. How our hearts can ache at times, how we would love to visit with those who are no longer consciously here on earth. At the same time, we find strength and courage in You; but we admit that those who have gone ahead of us, particularly those who knew You and served You well, also inspire us.


The same is true in the Kingdom of God. Your Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom. For the believer, there is a better life to come. But in Christ, I have already "come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel" (Hebrews 12:22-24). Lord, I am part of a big plan; help me to be faithful to You during my pilgrimage on earth.


Lord, I am thankful for plenty of things. You have been good. Two of the things for which I am thankful include: _______________.


Lord, may Your Spirit fill me. May I find my strength in His power, not my own power. May Your Spirit control me this day.


Also, Father, create in me a hunger and thirst for Your Word. Nothing can substitute for time in Your Word: no music, no drama, not even prayer. Just as I must eat to be healthy, so I must feast on Your Word if I am to be spiritually healthy.


Lord, I pray for the Asian (Eurasian) nation of Turkey with its 70 million people. Although Turkey technically recognizes religious freedom, there is still some persecution and discrimination against Christians in this land where 99.64% of the population are Muslims. Evangelical Christians are so few that the percentage of them is 0%. Turkey is one of the least reached nations in the world. O Father, begin to do a work here like You are beginning to do in other Muslim lands. Send dreams to the people, use Christian radio broadcasts and draw many to Yourself, I pray. May the number of believers grow a thousandfold over the next few years, I ask.


Lord, I pray for India National Inland Mission, Inc., "headquartered in New Delhi, India, with outreach concentrated in the largely unevangelized northern states of India. INIM includes Grace Bible College for the training of native evangelists who go out into North India and establish churches. The organization also maintains a children’s home for orphans." Lord, use and bless this ministry, I ask. Prosper them, provide for them, protect the workers, grant them harmony and empower them by Your Spirit to Your glory!


Dear God, I commit my day to You, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.



September 17

by Ed Vasicek


My Father in heaven,


Lord, You are a "consuming fire." If I put a knife in the fire, it is purified and clean; so You, represented by the fire, are pure. You are completely clean and holy. When Moses saw You represented by the Burning Bush, he marveled that the bush burned but was not consumed. So You, O God, are eternal and Your holiness cannot be quenched.


As a fire separates the impurities from fine gold, so Your gaze sees through all and removes the dross from the precious metal. The fire represents Your wrath and judgment, so we fear You. The fire represents Your guidance, as You led the children of Israel by the Shekinah of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire by night. When Your Spirit was given on the Day of Pentecost, tongues of fire appeared over the heads of the disciples. Fire represents the zeal we have for You and the cleansing work of Your Spirit. Fire is a form of power and represents the power of Your Spirit. You are a consuming fire, O Lord.


O Father, sometimes I need to have the fire rekindled in me. I know I cannot live the Christian life with constant enthusiasm in high gear. I know the difference between adrenaline and Your steady zeal. The feelings I experienced as a new believer cannot be forever maintained. But I can be aglow with love for You, Lord. So please light the fire in me once again.


Thank You, Lord, for taking me from the Kingdom of Darkness into the Kingdom of Light. You have made me a citizen of this new kingdom and enlisted me in Your army. Then You dropped me back again behind enemy lines. As I live in the Kingdom of Darkness, help me remember my citizenship is not here; I am forever a foreigner in the Kingdom of Darkness. I am an advance scout for the Kingdom of Light. You, O Lord, are at the door waiting to return. And so I live in the intersection between the Kingdom of Darkness, the Kingdom of the past – and the Kingdom of Light which will break forth perhaps very soon. Help me maintain my identity and loyalty with that coming kingdom. I pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”


Thank You for The International Christians Centers for the Deaf as they minister in the U.S., Mexico, and Cuba. Bless them as they, "plant churches for the deaf: to provide pastoral care for the deaf; to involve the deaf in evangelism; to involve the deaf in church ministry; and as they establish schools: to bridge the communication gap to the deaf by teaching the students Sign Language in order to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, His salvation and abundant life which He offers to them; to give the deaf students an education, develop their God-given potential and a vocational skill." Lord, provide for, bless, empower and grant harmony to this ministry.


Now help me serve You today, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.


September 18

by Ed Vasicek


My God and my Father,


You are distinct from Your creation, not part of it. Although You are present in the universe, You existed before the universe came into being. Although Your creation demonstrates Your handiwork, You are not part of Your creation. There is You, O God, and then there is creation. You created everything except You by You. You are uncreated and eternal, always the same. You are the cause for all that is. Past, present and future are the same to You. You are the great, "I Am." You are Yahweh, the Lord.


Father, I thank You for Your Holy Spirit! He is convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgment and restraining evil. Because of His influence, things are not as bad as they could be or as they one day will be! Although human beings are depraved – meaning helpless to remedy their lost condition – we are not as bad as we could be. Between our consciences and the influence of Your Spirit, much evil is held back. Thank You, Lord.


My Father in heaven, help me to be wise here on earth. Make me be a person of discernment. There is no shortage of false teachers; some are obvious, others are slick. Help me not be gullible but discerning, discreet and perceptive. The best way for me to recognize error is to know the truth. Make me a person of the Book, O Lord.


I remember parents. Lord, parents are so important to those little ones entrusted to their care. May parents everywhere protect and train their children in humane and balanced ways. Help them to love their children, not to spoil them and to encourage them toward positive directions. We pray that Christian parents would prove to be consistent role models for their young ones. Send angels to protect them, I pray.


I remember the Panjab State of India in my prayer today with its 24 million people. Lord, nearly 1% claim to be born-again evangelicals. As small a percentage as this is, thank You, Lord, that the church is growing and church attendance tripled during the 1990s. Father, do a great work in this land. May the number of believers double within the next 5 years, I ask. I pray that every people group in this state would have at least one church functioning within the next five years. May Your Spirit hover over this area!


Lord, thank You for the ministry of International Christian Concern, "a non profit and interdenominational human rights organization...dedicated to assisting and sustaining Christians who are victims of persecution and discrimination due to practicing their faith. Since 1995, has been assisting the persecuted church. ICC builds, assists, sustains, raises awareness and provides advocacy for the worldwide persecuted Christian Church striving to exemplify faithfulness to our Lord." Father, bless this important work. Lord, may persecution against Christians and other religious groups be a thing of the past. May a new wave of freedom sweep over our world.


Help me to freely share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with someone soon, I pray, In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


September 19

by Ed Vasicek


My Faithful Master,


You are the God of peace; You are at peace with Yourself and through Christ’s death, we now have peace with You. But You also help me to experience peace because You love to share Your peace with Your Children. When I present my cares to You, You provide me with Your peace. You are always confident; You are righteous in all Your ways. Father, I cannot imagine what You are like. You know the outcomes of all things, so You never worry and You never guess. At the same time, You feel compassion for me, even though I often guess and often worry. You are an oasis of peace and a break from the chaos of life. Thanks for Your peace. Help me to avail myself of it more frequently.


I pray for my lost friends and family members including: ______________. Father, please send Your Spirit to draw them to Yourself and grant them the repentance that leads to life.


I pray for the elderly, sickly, and shut-in, including: _______________.


Help me to be an alert Christian, Lord. I do not want to be numbered among those who value peace so much that I keep my head in the sand or deny undesirable realities. No, I need to understand how I am led into sin, how the devil tempts me and to have answers for the questions people are asking. I need to read, study and tool up as one of Your workers. I can neither rest on my laurels nor live in the past, for You have placed me in today's world. That means You want me to address today's challenges. Help me to be brave and to do so, I ask.


Father, I pray for our president, governor, federal and local senators and representatives and judges of all kinds. Help them to do what is right, to seek You and to please You.


Lord, I pray for the city or town in which I live (or the nearest such place). Father, I pray that many in this city/town would come to know You. May the number of true believers grow at least 50% over the next decade. Send Your Spirit to draw men, women and young people to Yourself. Help me to be a faithful witness to Your saving grace there. Although You have not called all of us to be missionaries – to cross cultures, You do call each of us to be Your witnesses and to share Your Gospel. Help me to do so, O Lord.


Lord, thank You for the ministry of International Christian Ministries and their important work with the African Church! "ICM exists in order to serve the church by discipling and equipping its leaders.... ICM envisions a future where a mature African Church leads the global Church in fulfilling the Great Commission through the practical application of the Great Commandment." Lord, bring unity and harmony to the African church through this and other ministries, I pray. Help them to mobilize the church to take ownership of the Great Commission for their continent. May they send out translators, evangelists and trainers to seed, nurture and repair the body of Christ there. Bless them, I ask!

Help me to remember to be about Your business, I also ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.



September 20

by Ed Vasicek




You are the God Who Keeps His Covenant.


Thank You for being faithful, trustworthy and dependable. You personify integrity. When You make an unconditional promise, You keep it unconditionally. When You make a conditional promise, You keep it as You stated. You do not change Your contracts after the fact, but Your calling and purposes are irrevocable. We humans renege, we rationalize and we fudge. But not You. O Lord. Your faithfulness reaches toward the heavens. Your "yes" means "yes" and Your "no" means "no." You do not vacillate and have no hint of fickleness.


Oh, Lord, help me to be more like You. Help me to remember that it is better not to make a vow than to make a vow and not keep it. Make my commitments few, but help me to keep the few I make. Let my "yes" mean "yes" and my "no" mean "no." Keep working in me, O Lord, to conform me to the image of Christ.


Father, I have some personal health concerns including: ______________. I also pray for the physical, mental, or spiritual health of others including: ______________.


Lord, I empty myself before You so that Your Spirit may fill me. I find my strength in His power not my own. May Your Spirit control me today. May He control me at home, work and play. May the fruit of the Spirit characterize my life, O Lord. Search me, O Lord, and try my heart. Show me what I need to see about myself.


Your Word tells me that if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me of them, and You will cleanse me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). So I bring my sins before You now. I do not excuse them, but I freely admit them and ask for Your forgiveness.


I remember the hungry, the destitute, the abandoned, the sick and the elderly. Oh, Lord, be a God of compassion and provide for them. Change world conditions so that fewer people are hungry and bring medical help to the world.


Lord, I am humbled to realize that over 43 million people have died for their Christian faith since the time of Christ. Over 150,000 die every year. O Father, I beg of You to see to it that this persecution stops! I pray for nations #21 to 25 from the persecution index of 86 countries where persecution is a problem. Today I pray for Egypt, Qatar, Tunisia, Azerbaijan and Mexico (the southern portion of this country).


Lord, thank You for International Health Services, a branch of the Salvation Army: "it has operated hospitals and clinics in some of the most needy areas of the world...currently has 183 health programs running in 39 countries, focusing on healthcare and the prevention of disease. Almost all of these include response to HIV/AIDS." Thank You, Lord, for these ministries. Bless them, prosper them and may they share the love of Christ to those whom they serve.


Lord, help me to be filled with joy rather than negativism so that others might see Christ in me, I ask in Jesus' Name, Amen.



September 21

by Ed Vasicek


O Lord,


You are so patient! You are a God of wrath, but You delay Your wrath because You are patient. You are not willing for any to perish and so You are long-suffering. Your patience has limits, but it is impressive. You have allowed this world to continue on in sin for thousands of years; one day, Your Son will return to set up His Kingdom and bring in the reign of righteousness. We are in a hurry for that time, but You have not been. Yet Your delay is not a sign that You are changing Your mind or will not do as You have promised. What seems to us a delay is merely Your patience and wisdom at work.


Father, help me to rejoice in You. Remind me that. "All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast" (Proverbs 15:15). O Father, I release my feelings of oppression to You. Deliver me from Satan’s attempts to oppress me, from controlling and manipulative people and from perhaps a conscience that is too sensitive and too responsible. Instead, bless me with a cheerful heart that I might have a continual feast.


I remember my marriage (if I am married) and the marriages of my extended families, friends and church families. Lord, hold them together. Helped married couples to lean upon you and to work hard at addressing problems and experiencing harmony. I also pray for those who are divorced, that You would help them to go forward with Your hand in theirs.


Father, sometimes I struggle with doubt. This is not a bad thing, for there would be no room for faith if it were not for the option of doubt. Help me to find answers for my questions. If I cannot, help me be patient. Remind me that because I do not know an answer does not mean no answer exists. Help me not to use doubt as an excuse to sin or to rationalize values inconsistent with Your Word.


Lord, I pray for the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region of China and its over 5 million people. More than a third of these people are Muslim and less than 2% are born-again evangelicals. I also pray for the Qinghai Province with its 5 million, with perhaps 2% of the population being born-again evangelicals. There are many labor camps in this area, camps where persecuted Christians are living in misery.


Father, be a God of grace and strength for these Christians. Thank You for how the Gospel has spread in these areas; even though the percentage of believers seems low, these numbers represent a significant growth. O Lord, may the number of evangelicals double over the next 7 years, I ask.


Thank You, Lord, for International Messengers, "an evangelical interdenominational missions organization comprised of an international staff team...committed to making disciples of all nations through partnering with local churches to renew, train and mobilize believers for active involvement in reaching the world for Christ." Thank You for their work in Central and Eastern Europe; empower them, provide and protect for them, grant them harmony and unity. Use them, O Lord.


Help me to be zealous for You today, I ask in the Savior’s Name, Amen.



September 22

by Ed Vasicek


Great Heavenly Father,


You are the God Who built up Jerusalem in Your time. You restored the city to her exiles under Ezra and You allowed it to be destroyed in judgment in 70 A.D. You have restored this city to the Jewish people and one day Your Son, our Savior, will reign from Jerusalem. Your calling and Your gifts are irrevocable.


You are the God Who heals the brokenhearted. Lord, so many people are brokenhearted right now as I pray. Bind up their wounds, O Lord. Comfort them as only You can. I know that I too, have and will need Your help. Lord, life is tough with You; the thought of going at it alone without You seems unbearable.


You have determined the number of stars in the universe and You call each of them by name. Billions upon billions of them flicker their distant light, but You never confuse them. I praise, You, O Lord.

My God, help me to be a good steward of the funds with which You provide me. Proverbs 17:18 reads, "Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom." O, Lord, may I be a wise person. Help me be wise in all areas including money management.


Almighty One, like every one of the billions of people who inhabit our world, I am vulnerable. I am a breath away from death and a step away from disaster. So, Lord, please send angels to watch over me and protect me. Keep me from harm and evil of every kind in the physical, relational, and spiritual realms, I ask.


Lord, like everyone else, I have fears and insecurities that haunt me. I give them to You and ask You to help me constantly do so.


Lord, help me to get to know my neighbors where I live and at work or school. Teach me the importance of participating in my community as an avenue to benefit myself and a way to show love to others.


Father, thank You for my senses. In Your grace and goodness, keep them all healthy and help me to appreciate them and use them in ways that please You. Help me to discover the joys of being a human being created in Your image, yet help me to enjoy life in ways consistent with Your revealed will.

Help me with my thought life today. Help me think positive and pleasant thoughts today, thoughts that please You.


Lord, I pray for the Asian nation of Turkmenistan. O Lord, both Sunni Islam and Eastern Orthodoxy are tolerated in this nation, but evangelical Christianity is virtually unknown here. Zero percent of the 5 million people who live in this land are evangelicals. But thank You that the number has grown over the past ten years from 1 or 2 to 600. Lord, I pray that this growth rate would continue over the next several decades! Please use the Jesus film, Christian radio, and the testimony of the few who know You, I ask.


Now use me today, I request in Jesus’ Name, Amen.



September 23

by Ed Vasicek




I praise You with all my heart. I am not ashamed to do so and will praise You with Your people as well as in private. The Great things You do overwhelm me. I think about how You saved me from sin and condemnation, how You have given me Your Spirit and brought me into the blessings of the New Covenant – and how You are preparing a place for me in glory!


And Father, Your character lasts forever. I have outlived I do not know how many "lifetime warranties." But You and Your qualities endure forever. Thank You for providing the world – and me – with food and sustenance. Thank You that You keep Your promises, and that in the future even more dramatically than You have done in the past You will show the nations Your power. Though You are powerful and though I hold You in awe, I do not fear You withdrawing Your promises or being unfaithful. You are completely trustworthy. There is none like You! So help me fear You, that I might learn wisdom, for You are the source of it.


O God, give me discernment when it comes to entertainment. On the one hand, I want to relate to my culture and participate in its good events. On the other hand, some movies, music, etc., harms my soul, my conscience and my mentality. I know You want me to guard my mind. So help me to strike the right balance. Keep my mind actively discerning and help me by Your Spirit, O Lord.


I pray for Christian students in secular colleges throughout our world. Lord, many professors have an anti-Christian agenda and they exploit their position of authority and make it into a bully pulpit, intimidating and deceiving others. O Lord, may professors begin to respect the rights of students and help students remember even when pressed that there is always another side.


Help me to resist temptation and the lures of the Satan today.


Lord, I remember my country's chief executive officer (President, Prime Minister, Secretary General, etc.) and our legislative and congressional branches. May all these leaders favor true and complete religious freedom. We want to be able to peacefully share our faith and live out our convictions; may they respect our rights to do so. Help them to govern with righteousness and equity.


Lord, I pray for the Latin American island nation of Turks & Caicos Islands. Thank You that over a third of its 20 thousand inhabitants claim to be born-again evangelicals, but the temptations are many and licentiousness is common. O Father, help those who know You to walk with You in their daily behavior, I ask.


My King, thank You for the ministry of International Teams, as they minister to "refugees searching for a new home, [in]...evangelism and church planting where there is no community of faith...affirming the dignity of the marginalized...serving the greatest in the Kingdom who often suffer the most [through] children's ministries...ministry to the economically up next generation leaders [through] youth ministries." Thank You for their work in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and the Pacific. Grant them fruit for their labor, harmony amongst themselves, protection, provision and the power of Your Spirit, I ask.


Lord, help me to be a light in my world today, I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.


September 24

by Ed Vasicek


O Father,


Many imaginary beings are worshiped as God or gods. But You are the only God and the only TRUE God. You are the God of the Bible, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.


You are the God Who is loving and faithful. You exalt Your Name, O Yahweh. You exalt Your Name and Your Word above all things (Psalm 138:2). I revere You by studying and meditating upon Your Word. Help me not neglect this most important form of worship!


Lord, I have often called upon You and You have given me the courage I need. I pray that one day the leaders of the world will praise You and take heed to Your Word. I look forward to the time when they will sing Your praises. For, Lord, You are especially gracious to the humble, but more distant from the proud. Therefore, I humble myself before You.


LORD, You have a plan for my life. Some of it is out of my hands; You have determined certain things will happen or place me between impassible boundaries. Other things depend upon my cooperation with You. Help me not to fight You, but to submit to Your will, O Lord.


Lord, I bring my requests before You. I enter Your throne room boldly through the blood of Jesus Christ. My requests include:



Lord, I have much for which to give thanks. A few things I am thankful for include: ______________.


Lord, may Your Spirit may fill me. May I find my strength in His power, not my own. May Your Spirit control me this day.


Lord, help me to be a kind person. I did not ask you to help me to be nice for niceness implies being a people-pleaser. Instead You want me to be kind. In being both kind and true, I will indeed win the favor of many people but not all. But more importantly I will please You (Proverbs 3:3-4).

Thank You that my soul will live forever. When my body dies, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. One day when He returns to the clouds, Jesus will resurrect my body into an incorruptible one like His.


Lord, may Your Spirit hover over the Rajasthan State of India with its 53 million people. O Lord, perhaps. .05% of the population claims to be born again and evangelical. Thank You that the church is growing at a big clip and it is my prayer that within the next ten years more than 1% of the population might come to know Christ. Empower the newly planted churches. Grant growing numbers the repentance that leads to life, O Lord.


Lord, thank You for "Interserve...a network of Christians from all over the world who, using their professional skills, work together to serve people of Asia and the Arab world, getting alongside them in tackling material, physical, mental and spiritual needs." Father, bless this ministry; empower them, protect them, provide for them and grant them harmony.


Help me to remember Your presence throughout my day, I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.



September 25

by Ed Vasicek


My Heavenly Father,


You are the God Who hears me when I cry out to You. I have had times in life when nothing could comfort or help me, when I could not sleep, when my heart was grieved. I remembered better times and Your faithfulness and it reminded me that You would help me through my current troubles because You are a faithful God. It might seem that Your love has vanished, but it is merely hidden for a time. You worked in wondrous ways in days gone by: delivering Israel from Egyptian bondage, resurrecting Your Son, Jesus Christ, from the grave.


In Your holy indignation, You flooded the earth and destroyed all those who breathed the air – except for those preserved on the ark. You destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and brought down the walls of Jericho.


You have worked in my life, redeeming me from the slave market of sin, paying the price of redemption for my sin. You have directed Your wrath toward Your Son Who died in my place, so that I could have His righteousness in exchange for my sin. Lord, to even conceive of such a plan is something I cannot imagine.


And so, Lord, I find myself today dependent upon You. As the hymn writer put it, "I need Thee every hour." And I freely confess that it is so. Thank You that You enjoy being needed. You do not view me as a pest, but You love me with a deep love. Help me to bring my needs before You, but keep me from confusing my needs with my wants.


Lord, I pray for Christians who genuinely know You but have strayed from Your will. You warn us to turn neither to the right nor the left of Your perfect will, but we all have experienced our chosen detours. Some slow us down a bit and we are quickly back on the straight and narrow. Others turn sharply and take us far away from where we need to be.


Today I pray for nations 26 to 30 from the list of the 86 nations where persecutions of evangelical Christians is a problem. I pray for Burma, Libya, Bahrain, Brunei and Turkey. Lord, in some of these nations, it is illegal to share the Christian faith. Those who convert do so at the jeopardy of their life or well being. In some lands, like Turkey, religious freedom is technically espoused, but not necessarily embraced by the population. O Father, stop the persecution. Give the believers wisdom to be able to evade it and help them to find strength in You when they cannot.


Lord, thank You for Iranian Christians International, as they reach out through "friendship and literature evangelism, establishing and strengthening Persian language interdenominational Bible study groups, churches and organizations, Publishing Mojdeh (Good News)...providing counseling, communication, information and referral services and monitoring human rights of Christians in Muslim countries and providing advocacy on their behalf." Protect, prosper and empower this ministry, I ask. May they effectively train others to reach out to the Muslim community. Thank You for the tens of thousands of Iranians who have come to know You.


Protect my loved ones and me today, I pray, in Yeshua's Name, Amen.



September 26

by Ed Vasicek




I sing for joy because You are my strength! When my energy is depleted and my batteries need charging, You enable me to keep going. You give me oil in my lamp that I might keep burning. Father, You do not want me to seek out other gods, but to worship and serve You alone. Many are tempted to literally seek out other gods, as literal idolatry is rampant in our world. Others of us are tempted to put things above You sometimes even good things. But, Lord, You demand to be Number One, for You are a jealous God. When I open my life to You, O Lord, You fill it and satisfy me as a mother bird does her fledglings. Help me to spend time with You, O Lord, and find strength in You.


I pray for my lost friends and family members including: ______________. Father, please send Your Spirit to draw them to Yourself and grant them the repentance that leads to life.


I pray for Christians who are straying from their first love or compromising their walk with You. Rekindle the faith they once professed and help them fervently love the Savior once again. Remove their boring view of serving You and help them see the adventure and fulfillment of walking daily in Your light. Stir up their hearts and help them make the routines of godliness a part of their lives. I especially remember: ______________.


Lord, Your Word says, "A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps" (Proverbs 14:15). Lord, I do not want to be simple or foolish; I want to be wise and prudent. Help me, Lord, to look before I leap, to think things through first. Help me discipline myself to take those few moments to do so and remind me that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Help me to develop a reasonable amount of caution.


Lord, I pray for the small Pacific island nation of Tuvalu with its 11,000 people. Thank You that over 5% are born-again evangelicals. Lord, may this number triple over the next five years.


Thank You, Lord, for the ministry of JAARS. "Through partnerships worldwide, JAARS provides quality technical support services and resources to speed Bible translation for all people.... Its purpose is to provide high quality technical support services to Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT) and to SIL International (SIL). Areas of support include: technology, logistics,, and transportation." Bless and provide for this ministry, I ask; it serves a crucial role in helping Bible translation actually get done and is therefore near and dear to Your heart, O Lord. Protect, prosper and grant harmony to these missionaries, I pray.


Lord, today I remember some of society's most influential people, elementary school teachers, and special education teachers. O Lord, help them to invest their energies wisely in the lives of the young people they touch. May many in these fields come to know You and may the youngsters see Christ in their lives, I pray.


May others see Christ in me today, I ask in Jesus' Name, Amen.



September 27

by Ed Vasicek


Majestic Lord,


I give thanks and praise to You, for Your lovingkindness lasts forever. I cannot tell others of all Your works for they are beyond me in both volume and quality. Your blessing is with those who practice righteousness and You have a special love for those Who are (or will be) in Your family. Thank You for Your favor toward us.


Lord, when I read the history of Israel and how they sinned in the wilderness with their doubts, complaining and hard hearts, I must admit that I am sometimes like them. I love to complain, I find it easy to doubt and sometimes my heart is not as open to You as it should be. You delivered them by opening up the Red Sea and You deliver me in so many ways in some many situations. Thank You for the ultimate deliverance: my new birth which results in my salvation. Thank You that I am a new creation in Jesus Christ. Help me to live accordingly, I ask.


Father, there can be two of me: the normal me and the me in conflict. When I am at odds with others, I can be tempted to be less than fair and objective; I find it easy to reconfigure the past to fit my agenda; I can easily justify self-centeredness and dismiss reasonableness and integrity. O Lord, may the "conflicted me" and the "at peace me" be the same: honest, fair, balanced, willing to admit faults. You only have one Bible, one set of demands. Remind me that I am not "excused of Christian values" just because I am in the midst of conflict. Keep me from viewing those opposed to me as totally evil while viewing those who agree with me as totally good.


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: ______________.


Today I pray for the Shaanxi Province of China with its 37 million people. Although estimates of the number of Christians vary from 1% to 10%, that variance itself indicates that the church is growing quickly. O Lord, prosper Your Word in this area! May Your Spirit grant many the repentance that leads to life. May the number of believers double over the next five years and may the government recognize the freedom You give to all people.


Lord, thank You for the ministry of JEMS International. "JEMS has expanded beyond just the Japanese and Japanese Americans. JEMS ministries now includes other Asian Americans...doing the work of evangelism, discipleship, teaching the Word, training, equipping, unifying the believers and churches. JEMS can be described by its four distinctive ministries. international (mission) ministry: Japan and South America...campus ministry: AACF...specialized ministry: Mount Hermon Summer Conference coordination ministry: headquarter staff to provide the support for the field ministries mentioned above." Lord, prosper, provide and protect this ministry. Grant them a great harvest and the power of Your Spirit. May an attitude of harmony prevail within the organization.


Now help me to get along well with others. Keep me from complaining except when I need to confront, I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.


September 28

by Ed Vasicek




You are good. You have redeemed me and I am proud to let others know that. You have satisfied my thirsty soul and You have given me of Your Spirit Who produces a never-ending fountain of living waters.


Lord, the frightening times of life remind us how puny and vulnerable we are. Near brushes in car accidents and a host of potential dangers sometimes alert us to our precarious position. At times like that, we remember how badly we need Your hand of safety to protect us. O Lord, please send angels to watch over us and keep us from all harm and evil.


So I praise You, O Lord, for You are my Constant Companion, the Pillar of my life. Make my heart steadfast and help me to praise You, O Lord, for You are worthy of all the praise I can give You. My praises will flow for eternity and even then they will not touch the tip of the iceberg!


Lord, I crave Your wisdom. Your Word declares, "Wisdom strengthens a wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city" (Ecclesiastes 7:19). May I grow in wisdom from day to day until wisdom characterizes my life. Help me be impatient when I show lack of discretion, planning, or realism. May I not rest until I am characterized by wisdom.


Father, help me to remind myself that Jesus Christ is my Lord; I am not my own lord. Jesus said, "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master." Jesus is both my teacher and my master. Help me consult with Him before I make any major life decision. Although You generally want me to follow the way of wisdom, sometimes You have plans that common wisdom cannot foresee.


Lord, I am thankful for plenty of things. You have been good. Two of the things for which I am thankful include: ______________.


Lord, may Your Spirit may fill me. May I find my strength in His power, not my own. May Your Spirit control me this day.


Lord, today I remember the nations in which believers are persecuted, facing death, dismemberment, torture, rape, sexual abuse, imprisonment, slavery, or confiscation of goods. Today I pray for nations 31-35 from the list of the top 86 nations where persecution is a problem. I pray for: United Arab Emirates, Djibouti, Chechnya, Kuwait and Tajikistan. O Father, may these countries become enlightened in the realm of human dignity and God-given rights including the right all have to choose and practice their religious convictions. May the persecutors themselves be won to faith in Christ, may the governments mandate and enforce the recognition of true religious freedom and help believers by granting them an extra portion of wisdom. Help them to evade persecution when possible and help them to find their strength in You when they cannot do so.


Thank You, Lord, for the ministry of Joy in the Harvest, "a Christian mission dedicated to serving Christ in Africa...whose motto is 'so that they may know Jesus.'" Their stated purpose is "to provide expertise and resources needed by the church in Africa for making Christian disciples." Bless them as they work in various parts of Africa in conjunction with national workers. Prosper their work, provide, protect, grant harmony and much fruit, I pray.


Protect me today, I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.




September 29

by Ed Vasicek




You are the great Teacher. Teach me Your way. Give me understanding so that I might obey Your precepts. Empower me to do Your will, incline my heart to follow You. I cannot motivate myself, for my flesh is not compatible with Your holy nature. Your Spirit within me and the new nature You have given me – Lord, with His help – my heart can be more wholly and more often Yours.


Father, help me to turn my eyes away from that which tempts me or distracts me from the priorities You have for my life. I want my longing for You and Your Word to grow stronger, not become weaker. I want to tell others about You, to have answers to those who ask me questions, to experience the freedom of a life aligned with Your Word and a conscience that is clear. I want to frequently consider my ways and make adjustments to conform to Your will.


Today I pray for criminals who are imprisoned. Lord, many people "get religion" while in jail, but soon abandon You once they are released. But sometimes, Lord, You turn someone around; they take the time to reflect upon the condition of their souls, they come to saving faith and continue to walk with You. Lord, work in hearts as You see fit.


I also pray for mixed-up friends and acquaintances. Some people seem to vacillate and I sometimes wonder if they are genuine; they seem so sincere and convincing at times. Help me to minister to such people, but not to entrust myself to them. Help me learn from Jesus’ example (John 2:24).

Lord, help me to be alert to the devil’s schemes. He and his demons roam about bent on destruction and postured against Your kingdom. Bind Satan, put a hedge around my loved ones and me, and help me to take up Your armor today.


Father, I have some personal health concerns including: ______________. I also pray for the physical, mental, or spiritual health of others including: ______________. I ask for Your will to be done in each situation.


Thank You, Lord, for Your work in the African nation of Uganda. I praise You, Lord, that almost half the population claims to be born-again evangelicals and there are other born-again Christians in non-evangelical denominations as well. Thank You that the incidents of AIDS have been cut in half and that the church is strong. I pray for the yet unreached peoples and for the continued maturing of the church. Father, I pray that the evangelical movement would not only hold its own, but also grow even stronger. I pray that the believers would live out their faith and that You would bless with them with spiritual blessings and material blessings. Help the economy to grow and make Uganda a lighthouse to the continent, I pray.


Father, thank You for the ministry of LATCOM. "LATCOM commits to working in cooperation with other evangelical organizations and churches by focusing on training, equipping and motivating their leaders for the task of reaching their countries with the gospel. As much as possible, LATCOM will seek to develop leaders and organizations that are self-supporting, self-governing and self-propagating." Bless their work throughout Latin America. Prosper them, protect them, guide them, grant them harmony and empower them by Your Spirit, I ask.


I commit my day to You, in Yeshua’s Name, Amen


September 30

by Ed Vasicek


Father of Lights,


I live in the shelter of Your wings. It’s not that you have literal wings, for You are Spirit (John 4:24). But, nonetheless, You are the God Who shelters His children as a hen does her young. As Boaz told Ruth, "May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge" (Ruth 2:12).


You are my shield, my home away from home, my constant protector and refuge. Life has its twists and turns; it meanders here and curves there and I never know what surprises await me. But You are there for me, You are ahead of the curve, You know the beginning from the end. You have always known everything that would ever happen.


I know there is a special blessing that comes from praying with others. This might include family members who know You, friends from church, or fellow Christians at work, school, or in the neighborhood. We know You are uniquely present where two or three gather in the Name of Jesus (Matthew 18:19-20).


Father, help parents throughout our world. Although I pray especially for the parents who know You, I pray for all parents. Motivate them to do what is in the best long-term interest of their child or children. Keep them from abusing their children and from spoiling them. May parents take seriously the responsibility to be a good example, to keep their marriages together when possible and to nurture their child’s/children’s moral education. Give parents great wisdom to face the challenges of the modern world. We pray that more and more parents would surrender their lives to Jesus Christ.


Help me to do my part by volunteering to serve or continuing to serve in a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church. May I set my roots down deeply and attend every week if I am able to do so.


Your Word tells me that if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me of them, and You will cleanse me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). So I bring my sins before You now. I do not excuse them, but I freely admit them and ask for Your forgiveness.


Today I pray for the Sikkim State of India with its 500,000 people. Thank You that 5% of the population claim to be evangelical Christians and thank You that the church is growing mightily. I also praise You that the Christians are freer from the fear of persecution than they were a few years ago. May the percentage of evangelical Christians double over this decade, I pray.


Thank You, my God, for the ministry of Love A Child, a ministry that operates in Haiti and is "a Christian humanitarian organization sharing the message of God's love with children in extreme poverty." Bless those who sponsor a child and we pray that the love of Christ would transform lives! Bless, provide for and empower this ministry, I ask.


Lord, bless those who work as emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Help them to do their work well and give them skill, wisdom and strength beyond their own abilities. Help those who know Christ to share their faith with fellow workers.


Use me today, I pray in Christ’s Name, Amen.

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