Prayer Points for February 2016

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1. Dear God, I thank you that when Christ died on the cross, I died with him. Therefore, just as Christ died unto sin once and for all, so I am dead unto sin once and for all. Satan, the source of sin, has been defeated in my life. I am no longer a slave of the devil. I am alive unto God! – “Likewise reckon yourself also to be dead indeed unto sin” (Romans 6:10-11).

2. Oh Lord, reveal to me my death with Christ. Cause me to see the significance of the cross. I died with Christ. I am no longer of this world: I am now of God in Christ. Therefore, the things of this world have no more hold over me and I am no longer bound by them. Praise God for “the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Galatians 6:14).

3. Dear God, I acknowledge that I am not my own. I belong to Christ now. I have been changed into a new creation in Christ. Since I have been crucified with Christ, I am no longer in the flesh; nor do I have to be ruled by my fleshly appetites or desires. Lord Jesus, I trust you to guide my desires and control my appetites. – “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Galatians 5:24).

4. Oh Lord, thank you for reminding me through every fall and failure that my flesh is weak. My body is but an earthen vessel. In spite of all my talents and abilities, I am still powerless to live life – the abundant, victorious life. Lord Jesus, you are the source of all power, strength and ability. Cause me to acknowledge you as the source and strength of my life! – “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the Excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

5. Lord Jesus, thank you for such a great salvation! Thank you for making me free through your death upon the cross. You made me free in order that I might live free. Not only am I free from Satan’s dominion, but also I am now free to walk in newness of life. Therefore, cause me to live a godly life in Christ Jesus my Lord. Hallelujah, I am free indeed! – “It is for freedom that Christ has made us free” (Galatians 5:1).

6. The plague of pornography is crippling men and bringing shame. Pray for men to invest time in reinforcing their mental and emotional integrity with prayer and scripture (Matthew 5:8; Psalm 119:9; 1 Corinthians 6:18).

7. Confession of sin means to “agree with God” that something is indeed wrong and detestable in his sight. Pray for men to have a sensitive conscience and to determine in their inner heart to abandon evil and to confess it quickly (1 John 1:9; Acts 24:16; Proverbs 28:13).

8. Intimacy with a wife is God’s plan for men’s sexuality. Pray for men to be authentic in their love, romantic and gentle in their marital relationships, and committed to nurturing their wives in body, soul and spirit (Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:7; Song of Solomon 2:10).

9. Pray for men to have “clean hands and a pure heart” both in private as well as in the public eye. May they be men who stand for truth and are loyal to their commitments, even if it results in their own hurt (Psalm 24:3-5; Psalm 15:4).

10. Abiding in Christ, as a branch remains in the vine, is the secret to victorious Christian living. Pray for Christian men to give up the independent spirit and to submit to the lordship of Christ in every area of life (John 15).

11. Joshua was facing some tremendous tasks when he took Moses’ position as leader of the Israelites. However, our Lord the Almighty promised Joshua to be with him (Joshua 1:5). Are you facing challenges in your life that feel too big? Remember God’s promises to you (Matthew 28:20): “You can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end.”

12. When Moses came down from the mountain, with the two tablets of the covenant in his hands, his face was shining (Exodus 34:29). Moses didn’t realize that himself, but all the others saw it clearly. Let us pray that God’s love and compassion for all people will shine through our lives.

13. Joseph was a man with integrity. When he was tempted to enter into a sexual relationship with Potiphar’s wife, he refused to do so (Genesis 39:6-10). He paid a high price for his integrity. But later on, God repaid him. Let us remember Joseph when we are tempted to commit sexual sins.

14. Our Lord and Creator knows us far better than we know ourselves. He is also aware of all our weaknesses. But thank God, he has not left us or forsaken us. Instead, he offers us his strength, as long as we allow Jesus Christ to be in charge in our lives (2 Timothy 2:1). Let us give him thanks today!

15. When men try to handle their daily responsibilities in their own strength, they can become overwhelmed and discouraged. Pray that men would depend on God for their strength and wisdom (Psalm 61:2).

16. A major problem for married men whose parents were divorced is they don’t know what a healthy marriage looks like. Pray that God will stir the hearts of godly couples with strong marriages to come alongside and guide these men and their wives (Titus 2:2-6).

17. Men are often tempted to devote the bulk of their time and energy to their jobs or hobbies instead of to their wives and families. Pray that God will help them to see God’s view of what is most important and take steps to change their priorities (Matthew 6:19-21).

18. Tough, objective, decisive, loyal and reliable – if these terms describe the kind of man you are, then ask God to add humility and godliness to the mix so that Christ can use you for His glory.

19. Pray for men who are thinking of divorcing their wives. Pray that their hearts, and the hearts of their wives, will be drawn to God’s truth, away from their own hurts and wants (Ephesians 5:25-26).

20. Because of easy access on the Internet, men are lusting over pornography in increasing numbers. Pray that men would see this behavior as a sin before God, repent of it and seek help to overcome their sexual temptations (Matthew 5:28).

21. In Christ, God invaded the darkness of this world with the light of life. “And the darkness did not understand it” (John 1:4-5). Pray that God would send a spiritual revival and that Christian men would carry the light of Christ into their homes, their workplaces and society. Pray that through their lifestyles and testimonies, many will understand the gospel and turn to Christ.

22. The growing struggle with radical extremists who massacre and kill those who disagree with their distorted worldview has been called the struggle between civilization and barbarism. Pray for government leaders to stand firm for what is good, just and right and to protect their people from such evil (Romans 13:3-4).

23. Christ sent his disciples out as sheep in the midst of wolves and commanded them to be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. Pray for Christian men to be alert and wise and to exercise godly wisdom in relating to people who intend to harm them. Pray for God’s grace and for the strength to follow his instructions, which are often countercultural and result in his disciples being vulnerable for the kingdom’s sake (Matthew 5:38-48).

24. The Christian faith is not a religion; rather, it is a relationship. The basis for this relationship is God’s grace offered to all who believe in the redeeming death of Christ. Pray that cultural Christians, men who have a form of godliness but have denied its power and are victims of their own lust, will repent and submit to the lordship of Christ (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

25. Men try to improve society by imposing ideologies, religion and politics through coercion. God calls men to change from within by repenting from sin and by sanctifying Christ as Lord in their hearts. Pray that Christian men will be witnesses of hope in our times of fear and uncertainty and will defend the gospel with gentleness and reverence (1Peter 3:14-15).

26. There are over 59.5 million forcibly displaced people in this world, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Their plight is heartbreaking. Many of these victims of war and strife succumb to despair and violence. Pray for Christian men to serve as agents of peace and hope in the midst of such chaos. Pray also for those who are able to help in practical ways to do so through acts of mercy and love (Matthew 25:34-36).

27. The plight of refugees is heartbreaking. The fear, the uncertainty, the isolation, the physical needs and the humiliation and danger that especially women and girls experience escape description. Pray that those who come to countries were Christian values are part of the culture will meet followers of Jesus. Pray also for believers to know how to best share the Gospel with these traumatized people.

28. One of the most despicable trends of our day is the exploitation of women and children through sexual slavery. USA Today reports that there are 10 million to 13 million sex slaves worldwide. According to Wikipedia, the hot spots for child exploitation are Thailand, Cambodia, India, Brazil and Mexico. Pray for Christian men in those countries to promote awareness of these crimes and to provide safe haven for the victims (Proverbs 31:8).

29. Champions Arise (CA) is TWR’s men’s discipleship ministry using prayer, small groups, mass media and technology to equip men to be all that God has called them to be. Pray for men, who will dedicate themselves to pray in accordance with 1 Timothy 2:8. And please pray for TWR ministries in Brazil, Indonesia, India, South Africa, Uruguay and the United States, where the CA project is in development.