Prayer Points for December 2016

1. God is looking for humble men who are ready to let his light shine through their lives and who are willing to give him all honor and glory. Pray today that God will help his followers all over the world to become that kind of men (Colossians 3:12-13).

2. Champions Arise has recently been launched in Norway. Pray that the project will become a mighty tool for transforming Norwegian men, bringing them closer to God and helping them to become the champions he wants them to be (Proverbs 3:1).

3. Concentration-camp survivor and author Corrie ten Boom was a godly Dutch woman. “When the devil knocks on my door,” she once said, “I ask Jesus to open it. Then the devil will say, ‘Sorry, this is the wrong address.’ ” She could say that because her mind was constantly focused on the Lord and his Word. Pray that his Word will have the same place in our lives as well (Psalm 1:1-3).

4. God reveals himself to us mainly by and through his own Word. But we often fail to invest our time accordingly. Let us ask for his help and give Bible reading top priority in our lives (Psalm 119:130).

5. It has been said that the ultimate foolishness is to brag about our own excellence. We may all know that it is way better to give God all the glory, but we sometimes still need a humble reminder in order to get things right (Galatians 1:5).

6. Oh Lord, I look at my past riddled with so much sin and shame. And then I look at you, filled with so much love and mercy. Truly you are good. And you are so good to me. Thank you that your goodness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life! I love you, Lord (Psalm 119:68).

7. Heavenly Father, as I look around, I see so much injustice in the world. And then I look at you – the one who is just. There I see true justice: the just dying for the unjust. You are the justifier! Thank you that you make all wrongs right (Romans 3:26).

8. Almighty God, this old world and everything in it is falling apart. Nothing seems to last. It is so frustrating that I sometimes feel like giving up. And then I look at you. You are the everlasting God. You never grow weary or faint. Thank you for giving me everlasting life in Christ! Thank you for enabling me to endure hardship as a good soldier of Christ! (Isaiah 40:28).

9. Dear God, the older I get, the more I realize just how little I know. And then I look at you, the only one who is all-knowing. Protect me from being a know-it-all. I ask you to make yourself known to me so that I might know and grow in you. Your knowledge is too wonderful for me. Thank you for the privilege of knowing you! (Ephesians 3:19).

10. Lord Jesus, I have made so many wrong decisions in my life. I clearly lack the wisdom and knowledge to face the challenges of this life. And then I look at you – the embodiment of all wisdom and knowledge. The marvelous mystery is that you now indwell me. Therefore, I acknowledge you as my source of wisdom and knowledge! (Colossians 2:2-3).

11. “I pray that you will be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding …” (Colossians1:9). Dear Lord, help me and my brothers to desire your perfect will and to have spiritual insight to walk in your will daily.

12. “… that you might walk worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way …” (Colossians 1:10). Father, empower me and my brothers to live a life that is pleasing to you, walking in your ways, seeking your kingdom as a priority in our lives.

13. “… being fruitful in every good work …” (Colossians 1:10). Lord, your Word says our works are evidence of our faith (James 2:18-19). Let my life and the lives of my brothers show the evidence of good works that are a manifestation of the faith of Christ in us.

14. “… increasing in the knowledge of God …” (Colossians 1:10) Father, I pray for the daily discipline of spending time in your Word and prayer so that I may increase in my knowledge of you – not just in book learning, but in the experience of you in my life as well.

15. “… strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power unto all patience, longsuffering, and joyfulness” (Colossians 1:11). Oh Father, infuse me and my brothers with the Holy Spirit so that we bear the fruit of the Spirit, overcoming the desires of the flesh, crucified with Christ but alive unto God.

16. As we celebrate our Savior’s birth, broken family relationships often overshadow this joyous time. Pray for husbands and fathers to take the lead in bringing reconciliation to any marriage or family relationships that need healing (Philippians 4:13).

17. Second to Jesus, the best gift a father can offer his family is his time. Pray that men will be still before the Lord and spend quality time with their loved ones (Psalm 46:10).

18. With each new year, many men make new commitments. Pray for all husbands to make a strong commitment to love their wives as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25).

19. Celebrations at this time of year often include alcohol. Pray that men will honor God, their wives and their families when deciding how to celebrate our Savior’s birth and New Year’s (Ephesians 5:18).

20. The annual celebration of Jesus’ birth offers the opportunity for fathers to teach biblical truth to their families. Pray that God will empower men to boldly share the true meaning of Christmas with their families and extended families (Matthew 1:20-21).

21. Sometimes we wonder if our prayers can make a difference if God is in ultimate control of all things. However, God has chosen to weave the prayers of his people into his providential actions on earth. “Thus says the LORD, The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: ‘Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me’ ” (Isaiah 45:11).

22. In a psalm that prophetically speaks to Jesus Christ, the Father declares, “Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession” (Psalm 2:8). Since we pray in Christ’s name, let us pray for the gospel to reach all nations!

23. Although prayer involves our physical and psychological dimensions, our highest intercession is spiritual: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). May our prayers be truth-based and heartfelt.

24. The psalmist prayed, “You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great” (Psalms 18:35). We can worship and petition the LORD because he is our defender and sustainer. The path to greatness comes through partnering with God.

25. Genesis 49:24 attributes the heroism of Joseph to his relationship with God: “But [Joseph’s] bow remained in strength, And the arms of his hands were made strong By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob (because of the Shepherd, the rock of Israel).” Likewise, we also can depend on the Lord as our shepherd and source of security.

26. One of the signs for the imminent return of Christ is that the gospel will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations (Matthew 24:14). Rejoice with us that the powerful platform of had over 780,000 sessions during September from 232 countries and territories. Pray that many will open their hearts to the gospel.

27. Our world is filled with war and rumors of war. Bad news fills the media every day. Unfortunately, the trust among nations is eroding. The need for leaders who have divine wisdom and moral character has never been greater than now. As Christians we have a biblical mandate to pray for those in authority over us. Meditate on 1 Timothy 2:1-4 and intercede through prayer for peace in the world.

28. It is natural for all of us to shun suffering. It is so hard to accept that there is a divine purpose in our suffering. God uses suffering to test our faith and to develop our character. He will not allow us to be tested beyond our limits (1 Corinthians 10:13). He walks with us through the fire and the waters (Isaiah 43:2). Thank the Lord today for his provision during your time of suffering.

29. If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord by faith, then you have become a child of God (John 1:12). You were born again by his Spirit (John 3:3-7) and you have a new self, a new identity (Ephesians 4:20-14). Therefore, pray to be always on your guard; to stand firm in the faith; to be a man of courage, strong but doing everything in love (1 Corinthians 16:13).

30. Champions Arise (CA), TWR’s discipleship project for men, has been recognized by church leaders in Albania as an ideal ministry for encouraging their men in the church to live counter-culturally. Thankfully, the monthly prayer calendar is already being translated and distributed. Please pray for the needed resources for production and broadcasting of the CA programs and for the formation of discipleship groups.

31. New Year’s resolutions can be powerful when taken in humble dependence on the Lord. Remember that his compassion never fails. His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). His faithfulness reaches to the skies (Psalm 36:5). Take time on this last day of the year and allow the Lord to search your heart (Psalm 139:23-24). Then surrender your will to his lordship in every area of your life and walk with trust into 2017.