Prayer Points for April 2016

1. As the world increasingly ridicules and belittles the things of God, pray that fathers will take to heart God’s challenge to teach their children his ways as taught in the Holy Bible (Psalm 78:5-7).

2. The best way for men to raise God-fearing kids is to love their wives as God teaches. Regardless of a family’s income, kids thrive in an environment where Dad loves Mom. Pray that husbands will put the love of God and of their wives above money or anything else (Matthew 6:24).

3. Too often, men believe the lie that divorcing their wives will make things better for them. Pray that God will intervene and move husbands to honor the wives of their youth (Proverbs 5:18).

4. When parents tried to bring children to Jesus, the disciples stopped them. Jesus said, however, “Let the children come to me.” Pray that God will draw the hearts of fathers to their children in this same way (Matthew 19:14).

5. Husbands and fathers face many challenges and obstacles as they try to support and nurture their homes. In his darkest hour, Jesus turned to God (Mark 14:34-35). Pray that men today also will turn to God with their struggles. Heavenly Father, thank you that because of Christ’s death on the cross, you bring hope even into the darkest circumstance.

6. Now that I have received Christ, he is in me and I am in him. Cause me to live with a Christ consciousness of your indwelling presence. Thank you, Lord, for such a great salvation! “At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you” (John 14:20).

7. Dear God, I thought I was doing a good job serving you. But now I realize that only Christ is the true life source that causes me to have a fruitful and productive life. I ask you, Lord Jesus, to be living your life through me. “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can you, except you abide in me” (John 15:4).

8. The mystery of godliness is that a holy God could indwell our humanity. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for solving the mystery by dying on the cross in order to cleanse me of all unrighteousness and liberate me from Satan’s dominion. Now your glorious life indwells in me. “The mystery … which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:26-27).

9. Dear God, I now recognize that there is only one work that counts, and that is the work of Jesus Christ. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for imparting your life to me. You are a great and mighty God, and I trust you to do your great and mighty works through me. “Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily” (Colossians 1:29).

10. Lord Jesus, you made it clear that the source of the activity in your life originated with God the Father. Therefore, I cease from all my human efforts so that you can do your work in me. Just as you lived a life of total dependency on the Father, I now depend on you to live your life through me. “I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he does the works” (John 14:10).

11. When we sin, we sometimes tend to blame the circumstances – or even other people. But as human beings, we are all fully responsible for our own lives. Pray that God will let his light shine into our lives to reveal our weakness and sin – so that he might change us from within (Hebrews 13:20-21).

12. Loneliness can cause serious problems – among them various sinful habits. Pray that a growing number of men will join Bible-study groups or prayer groups that will help them to focus on the real meaning of life and be willing to be accountable and serve each other (1 Peter 1:22).

13. We all need the Lord, but as followers of Christ, we also need each other. The fireplace, after all, burns much better when several pieces of wood are alight side by side. Pray that Christian men all over the world will help each other grow in the knowledge of God and value the blessing of Christian fellowship (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13).

14. We often tend to focus more on the weaknesses of others than on our own. Jesus teaches us to look more carefully into our own lives and not be too quick to judge others. Pray that Jesus will help us to develop a Christ-like attitude toward our fellow believers and people in general (Matthew 7:1-3).

15. Youngsters sometimes are willing to cheat to get good results at school. But grown-ups also can be tempted to cheat to get various benefits. More important than obtaining good results at school, however, or even gaining advancement in life, is the development of a strong character. Pray that God will help you to develop a Christ-like mind and character (Proverbs 28:20).

16. Jesus promised, “And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13). We pray in Christ’s name because we recognize his supreme authority. Although men and demons oppose righteousness, God summons us to intercede as those who have been authorized to pray in the name of the King of kings and the Lord of lords!

17. As we pray for the gospel to advance through TWR, we do Great Commission work. Our Lord declared, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.” Since most who hear the broadcasts are on the “broad road that leads to destruction,” we pray for them to recognize Jesus Christ as their Savior and turn to “the narrow road that leads to life” (Matthew 28:18, 19; 7:13, 14).

18. The mission of the Messiah included the task of destroying the works of the Devil (Hebrews 2:14). The Enemy continues his evil quest to steal, kill and destroy. As Christ expresses his life through us, we can pray authoritatively against the Devil’s works. May listeners hear and believe in the one who came that we might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

19. We pray for listeners to repent and experience the new birth that God has promised: “I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes” (Ezekiel 36:25-27).

20. May God’s Spirit bless the production and the transmission of the gospel through multiple media platforms so that many will be saved and experience the fulfillment of God’s promise in the New Covenant: “I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. … For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jeremiah 31:33, 34).

21. Champions Arise is TWR’s discipleship project for men. The three main elements of CA are prayer, programming and discipleship groups. Praise the Lord that the prayer calendar is already being offered in eight languages and that programs are being produced in nine languages. Pray for the formation of discipleship groups in cooperation with local churches (Ephesians 4:12).

22. The powerful media platform TWR360 has about 600,000 visitors monthly from over 200 countries and territories. Biblical truth is shared in a way relevant to all walks of life. Pray for the Lord to attract those listeners who are desperate for help while going through the terror of war and persecution. Pray that many will turn to Jesus Christ and find in him refuge, hope and rest for their souls (Matthew 11:28-30).

23. Jesus warned his disciples about persecution and taught them to pray that God’s mercy and care would surround them when it happens. Today millions of Christians have had to flee their homelands in the Middle East, and many thousands more have been killed for their faith in other countries. Pray for the Lord to grant them supernatural peace and the faith to see the invisible in those dark circumstances (Hebrew 11:1; Matthew 10:28).

24. The Champions Arise project is in the initial stages of development in Albania, Russia, Ukraine and Uruguay. Pray for the Lord to provide the human and financial resources for the production of the programs and for a growing number of men to accept the call to prayer from the earliest days.

25. Many men feel pressured to evaluate their success by material wealth or worldly accomplishment. Pray for men to see that faithfulness to God and family is the true and ultimate measure of success (1 Corinthians 4:2).

26. Men often feel affirmed by a title or the position of leadership they hold. Pray that men will understand their worth in God’s eyes and seek his approval instead of the honor of men (Matthew 25:23).

27. Sometimes we strive harder to be faithful in public than in private. Pray for men to have integrity when no one is watching, knowing that our Lord who sees in secret will reward openly (Proverbs 28:6).

28. Testing how close we can get to a sin without falling into it is dangerous. Pray for men to stay as far away from temptation as possible and to be humble enough to recognize their weaknesses and flesh patterns (Romans 13:14).

29. Small deeds done with great love are better than the great deeds one intends to do but doesn’t end up doing at all. Pray for men to watch their motives, honor their promises and follow through with what they say they will do for God and their families (1 Corinthians 16:14).

30. Men are easily tempted to let their emotions spill over into uncontrolled verbal and physical abuse. But “the wrath of men does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20). Pray that God would send a moral and spiritual revival and that men of strong character and godly wisdom would arise in our homes and churches.