- True goodness – Dear God, I have tried so hard to be good. But no matter how hard I try it is never good enough. I am grateful because You showed me that the source of true goodness comes from You alone. You are the only one who is good. Thank You for performing Your good and perfect works through me!. (Matthew 19:16,17)
- Grace blockers – Oh Lord, every time I attempted to do anything, something was blocking me. Then I realized that the blockage was because of me. My sincere human eﬀorts were actually quenching the Spirit. Therefore, I repent of my fleshly eﬀorts and receive Your all-suﬃcient grace to empower me. (Galatians 2:21)
- Chosen – Dear God, I stand in awe of the great love You demonstrated toward us. Your love compelled You to choose us even before You created the world. I am grateful that You chose me because You wanted me. You allowed me to personally receive Christ in order to be one with You, holy and blameless in Christ. (Ephesians 1:4)
- Adopted into God’s family – Oh Lord, I am amazed at Your plan to include me. I am so grateful that it was Your will for me to be adopted into Your family. I praise you, Father God, for Jesus Christ who is the vital link that connected me to You. Thank You for adopting me, for the privilege of participating in Your marvelous life. (Ephesians 1:5)
- Accepted in Christ – Heavenly Father, I am so grateful for Your unconditional acceptance of me. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for making me acceptable to the Father. Since I accepted Jesus Christ into my life there is no more rejection. Now that Christ is in me, You are for me and I am accepted in the beloved Son of God! (Ephesians 1:6)
- When it hurts – Nobody wants to be hurt. In hospitals pain management is top priority. The Apostle Paul learned that God’s ways are not ours and wrote that we can “glory in tribulations.” Pray that as men we will see our trials as God’s chisel to forge our character and build our faith. (Romans 5:1-10)
- Tribulation works patience (Romans 5:1-10) – Patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22) God uses our trials to increase our patience. Pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to produce His fruit.
- Patience builds character (Romans 5:1-10) – Character is who we really are while reputation is who others think we are. If I focus on my character transformation in Christ, then my reputation will take care of itself. A gentle, patient character is the result of God using trials in my life. Pray for resilience and persevere.
- Character works hope (Romans 5:1-10) – Pray to be a man whose godly character and experience with God is like the anchor of hope in God’s sovereignty that prevails, no matter what storm of life is brewing.
- Peace – Peace is not the absence of storms, but the presence of Christ.
Pray that men will cultivate the awareness of Christ’s presence and walk in fellowship with Him through any trial.
- Sowing the seed – As a follower of Christ, you have been given the privilege of sowing the good seed of the Gospel. It is the Lord, however, who is responsible for the harvest. Thank Him today that you are found worthy of partnering with the Creator of heaven and earth. (Mark 4:2-8)
- A holy life – The Holy Spirit is day by day transforming us as followers of Christ into the image of our Master, but we decide how much influence He will have over us. Pray that the Holy Spirit will have plenty of space in your life today. (Ephesians 5:18)
- Weapons – Evil forces are continuously attacking us because we are followers of Jesus. However, God has given us access to weapons that are stronger than our enemies. ”For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh…” (2 Corinthians 10:4). Praise the Lord!
- The unreached – According to Joshua Project, there are still more than 7,000 ethnic groups in the world that have not heard the Gospel message. Pray that mission organizations will succeed in reaching out to those people groups. “This Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world…” (Matthew 24:14)
- Be informed – In order to fulfill our role as witnesses for Christ, salt of the earth and light of the world, we need to engage with the society. Care to be well informed and speak up for what is right and honors God. “Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel.” (Ezekiel 33:7)
- Be attentive – “Lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are ripe for harvest” (John 4:35b). Instead of being overwhelmed with the progression of evil in this world, pray for open eyes and be attentive to the people who are confused and are seeking for answers. God has prepared many hearts for the
- “Come people listen to me…Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (Psalms 34:14). Be teachable when God speaks to you through the Bible and the Holy Spirit. Pray for a humble and willing spirit and accept His correction through Scripture or people who serve Him. It is for your good.
- Be ready – “For this reason you must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will” (Matthew 24:44). Life is fragile and uncertain; nothing endures forever but the Word of God. Pray to live by
God’s priorities, puttng Him and the values of God’s kingdom first. Then you will be ready when He returns.
- Be faithful – “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time” (Matthew 24:45). As a man, husband, and father you are Christ’s servant and representative in your family. Be authentic in your relationship with the Lord and pray for wisdom to lead.
- Be reliable – “Do not delay me, since the Lord has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master” (Genesis 24:56). Eliezer of Damascus,
Abraham’s head servant, was totally reliable in his mission. He inspires us to always put the Lord’s will first. Pray to be a man who honors God through his reliability.
- Be humble – “Behold your king is coming to you…humble and mounted on a donkey…” (Zechariah 9:9). The example of real manhood is our Savior Jesus Christ. He laid aside His divine prerogatives, humbled Himself, and became like us to redeem us through His death on the cross. Allow for Christ to be reflected in your life.
- Be sensitive – “A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick he will not extinguish” (Isaiah 42:3). In contrast to the power-hungry and aggression that is the hallmark of worldly dictatorships, God’s kingdom is one of restoration and healing of those broken in heart. Pray to be a man sensitive to the need of others.
- Be wise – “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). A serpent is attentive and protects its head. Be a thinker. Have the eternal as your focus and you will know freedom and peace the world can’t give. “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalms 111:10).
- Be productive – “Do business with this until I return” (Luke 19:13b).
Everything we have is entrusted to us by God with the purpose of bringing honor to Him. Life has a deadline, and the return of Christ is for sure. Regardless of what comes first, be productive and use everything you are and have to generate benefits for His glory.
- Be responsible – “Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, warn them for me” (Ezekiel 3:17). Christ’s last order to His disciples was the Great Commission of Mathew 28:18-20. People need the Lord. Pray for a will to obey and a heart burdened with the lost. Win your children through your love and example of faith.
- Be friendly – “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). Because of a certain hormone, men react more easily in anger than women. Pray to be led by the Spirit of God, rather than by your hormones. Your friends and family will be blessed.
- Be true – “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is from the evil one” (Matthew 5:37). When Jesus commanded to be truthful, He also taught to be loving and forgiving. Truth and love should go together. Pray to know the time and the manner to convey truth and remember, not all truth has to be said.
- Be solid – “The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree” (Psalms 92:12). The palm tree’s flexible, almost elastic structure allows it to bend with the force of the winds and sway right back into place when the winds pass. Pray to be solidly grounded on the Rock of Ages and learn how to flex in the storms of life.
- Be generous – “He who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his good deed” (Proverbs 19:17). According to a British poll in 2013, Muslims give more money to charity than people of other religions. Pray that the love of Christ will constrain you and open your heart and hands for those in need.
- Be transformed – “But be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is…” (Romans 12:2). We are saved through faith in Christ. His Holy Spirit resides in us. The first lesson of discipleship is to deny self, or the urging of the flesh. Obey the prompting of the Spirit. Allow Him to transform you.
- Be thankful – “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Many Christians limp through life because they never fully surrender to the lordship of Christ. Pray for Christ to fulfill the promise of abundant life in you as you surrender your will to Him.