CA men’s prayer calendar April 2023- FINAL VERSION
1. Resurrection life – Dear Lord, thank You for raising me out of my dead, lifeless existence. I now have resurrection life because of Your indwelling presence. The same power that raised You, Lord Jesus, from the dead now resides in me. I trust You to empower me to walk daily in newness of life. (John 11:25)
2. Walking – Lord Jesus, because of Your death, burial and resurrection, I can have new life. When I received You, my old life ended and my new life in Christ began. Thank You, Lord, for Your indwelling presence. You, Lord, have now become my life. I trust You to live Your life through me. (Rom. 6:4)
3. Spirit walkers – Oh God, my attempts at living the Christian life have been more fumbling, stumbling and falling than walking. It is obvious that I must allow Your Spirit to do the walking. Therefore, I give up and yield myself to the control of the Holy Spirit. I trust You to cause me to walk correctly. (Gal. 5:25)
4. God’s presence – Dear God, when Your Spirit entered my spirit, Your presence came to indwell me. As a result, Your very life now resides in me. Thank You for allowing my spirit to become Your inner sanctum—Your holy dwelling place. I need Your manifest presence operating in my life. Cause me to walk uprightly. (Psa. 140:13)
5. Divine union – Dear Lord, I am very thankful for the privilege of knowing You. But I am most grateful to know that I am in union with You! Thank You for making me aware that we are one: You in me and I in You. Grant me to live with a Christ consciousness in every detail of every area of my life. (John 14:20)
6. The prayer – Dear God, as the Sovereign Ruler of the universe, You alone are worthy of worship. I desire to worship You in deed, not just in word. Therefore, I yield myself to You so that You can work through me. Cause me to obey Your Spirit’s promptings in faithful obedience. I want to live for Your praise. (Psa. 86:12)
7. Statistics – Research has revealed that in most countries 2.5 percent of a people group are spiritually open. Pray that God will lead you to people who are ready to hear the Good News proclaimed and pray for courage for yourself to make the most of any given opportunity. (Acts 9:17)
8. You are not alone – Like Ananias from Damascus, you might think that it can be frightening to represent God as His ambassador. However, our Lord has promised that you will never walk alone. Give Him thanks for His wonderful promise in Matt. 28:20.
9. Trustworthy – Even the most trustworthy person you have ever met might someday disappoint you. With God it is different. He keeps His promises – always. Thank the Lord for His promises and pray that you will have an unwavering faith in Him. (2 Tim. 2:13)
10. Opportunity – Pray today that God will give you an opportunity to witness about Jesus to a person who doesn’t know Him and pray for courage and wisdom to make the most out of it. (Acts 4:20)
11. Father – Jesus teaches us how to pray. (Luke 11:2) We can call God our Father. All human fatherhood pales in comparison with the kind of father He is. Let’s learn from the example of fatherhood that Jesus shows us in Luke 15:11-32 and be willing to meet our sons at their felt need.
12. Abba-daddy – The Aramaic “Abba” is comparable with our “daddy.” Because of our salvation through the Lord Jesus, we become God’s beloved children. Through the Holy Spirit we can now with confidence call God our “daddy” and share with Him everything. (Rom. 8:15)
13. Our Father – Jesus teaches us how to pray. As He is one with the Father we are called to also live in oneness with each other as the beloved children of our Heavenly Father. There should be no place for selfishness and self-promotion but mutual love and respect. (Eph. 5:1,2)
14. Sanctify – “Hallowed be your name” (Matt. 6:9). Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters” (Matt. 6:24). To this the reformer Martin Luther commented, “Whatever captures your heart, that is your god.” When I pray “hallowed be your name” I am affirming that nothing is more important to me than my relationship to God.
15. Kingdom – “Your kingdom come” (Matt. 6:10). When I pray “your kingdom come” then I express the desire that many people will find Jesus and submit to His lordship. Heavenly Father, I make myself available to you. Please use me to bring your Gospel to all peoples. (Isa. 6:8)
16. Will – “Your will be done” (Matt. 6:10). This is how Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane on the night before His crucifixion. He was obedient unto death, in order to redeem us from the curse of sin. As we look to Jesus, we find comfort in times when our heavenly Father allows us to suffer.
17. Adding – Pray that we will heed the words of Peter to “add to our faith,” realizing that saving faith is only the beginning of this journey and that we need to “add” virtues by deliberate pursuit of “goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, love.” (2 Pet. 1:5-7)
18. Contentment – Pray for men around the world who face seemingly insurmountable obstacles to provide food and shelter for their families, leading to discouragement and depression. Pray for men to find their contentment in Christ and His Word (Matt. 6:33) as they work hard and do what they can.
19. Peace – Peace is a missing virtue in many men’s lives. Pray that we will cultivate the peace of God and manifest His peace to our families and others. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Phil. 4:6-8).
20. Self-control – Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit, not a work of the flesh. As men, we often become bristled and frightening to our families as we allow stress and anger to get the best of us. Pray that we will seek to walk in the Spirit, allowing His fulness to overflow with peace and self-control. (Gal. 5:16-26)
21. Stability – The well-being and longevity of a marriage are based on your commitment to love and to be faithful to your spouse. Loyalty is non-negotiable and produces joy and perseverance. The warning of Prov. 5:15ff leads to this blessing in marriage. Lord, thank you for the wife you gave me!
22. Children – A popular saying goes, “Little children, little problems; big children, big problems.” The father of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), however, in spite of his son’s rebellion, desired nothing more than a restored relationship. Let us pray for our children, whether they are on the Lord’s path or far from it!
23. Family – Sad and negative experiences can produce broken family relationships and isolation, even because of faith in Jesus. However, if you are a child of God, you have brothers and sisters in the Lord’s family. (Mark 10:30) Praise the Lord for granting us the Christian family.
24. Education – “Correct your child, and you will have rest; he will be a delight to your soul” (Prov. 29:17). Times pass, ideas come and go, but the biblical principles for child-rearing are eternal. Happy are the parents who practice what the Bible teaches. Lord, please grant parents wisdom in the education of their children.
25. Security – Money has a strong influence in a man’s life. Without balance and wisdom, it can become a trap. Always wanting more is tempting. “To make one’s fortune by lying is vanity and a deadly trap” (Prov. 21:6). Lord, thank you for your sustenance in our lives and deliver us from the temptation of illicit enrichment.
26. Intercession – “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the Gospel” (Phil. 1:3,4). We pray, Lord, for our church and that the feeling we have for it be the same as was the feeling of the Apostle Paul for the church of Philippi.
27. Disappointment – “But we hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel” (Luke 24:21). Did you ever feel like God let you down? The disciples on the road to Emmaus were in such a deep crisis that the Lord himself came to their rescue. Allow Him to open to you as well the Scriptures and trust Him no matter what.
28. Righteous anger – “God judges the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day” (Psa. 7:11). Never doubt that the Lord knows and allows only what serves His eternal purposes. In His permissive will, He gives time even for the evil one to reveal himself. Pray to be sensitive and obedient to the leading of His Spirit.
29. Human government – “For there is no authority except that which God has established” (Rom. 13:1b). Our God rules the affairs of men. Even when He allows evil governments to throw His people in the fire, He is right there to be their comforter and helper. We can know for sure that He will judge the wicked in His time.
30. Sheep among wolves – “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves” (Matt. 10:16). As Christ’s disciples we live in enemy territory. Nevertheless, ours is a rescue operation. The focus is to save those who are lost, not to live a comfortable life. Pray for the love of Christ to compel you and live for Him who died and was raised for us.