Prayer Points for February 2017

1. As we accept God’s promises of the life to come, we can pray to resolve disputes over turf wars and material possessions. “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? … Are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?” (1 Corinthians 6:2-3).

2. Champions are to be meek, but not weak. Christ declared, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). Pray for men not to be abusive in exercising their physical, verbal or financial power. Rather, we should serve others in love, as Christ did.

3. “The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge” (Psalm 46:7). The title “Lord of hosts” reminds us of God’s sovereignty and power. Although human governments may oppress God’s people, we can pray to the King of kings and trust the Lord of lords.

4. Oppressors are rebuked: “You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth” (James 5:3-4). Be careful and pray to be just and humble in dealing with others.

5. The oppressed are encouraged: “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord” (James 5:7). Pray to understand that life is not fair, and be hopeful because the Lord will bring true reward.

6. About 2,500 years ago, the king of Babylon (modern-day Iraq) was humbled by God and then offered this statement of praise: “His dominion is an everlasting dominion. … He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth” (Daniel 4:34-35). Let us pray in confidence to God, who is still in control even when today’s rulers defy him.

7. As the saying goes, we are what we eat. That is certainly also true spiritually speaking. Spending time with our Lord in prayer and Bible study is essential for spiritual nourishment. Thank God that there is an open invitation for every one of us – anytime – to enjoy intimate fellowship with Jesus (Romans 10:12).

8. Mighty unseen powers are constantly trying hard to deprive us of an intimate relationship with Jesus. Pray that you will have the ability to maintain this priceless intimate fellowship with your Lord and Savior no matter what circumstances you may face (Romans 8:38).

9. When we maintain close, intimate fellowship with Jesus, his light is shining through us in various ways. Pray that God will bring you closer to him day by day so that you become more like Jesus in the way that you live and behave (Romans 8:29-30).

10. Pray today that your family, friends and colleagues will see glimpses of Jesus in your life (Ephesians 4:1). If our lives are not meant to be lived as servants of Christ, what then is their meaning? Pray that you will be able to live every day of your life as a true and diligent servant of Christ to his glory and for the salvation of other people (Philippians 2:16).

11. Children are a blessing from the Lord. Pray that fathers will honor the Lord by understanding these gifts that God entrusted them with, treating their children as very special blessings (Psalm 127:4-5).

12. The Bible says, “A prudent wife is from the Lord.” Pray that the Lord will stir men’s hearts to love and serve the wives that God himself has chosen for them (Proverbs 19:14).

13. The Bible instructs wives to respect their husbands, but many don’t know how. Pray that God will soften men’s hearts, removing any bitterness toward their wives so that they can start loving them with the sacrificial love of Jesus (Ephesians 5:33).

14. Men face many temptations to stray from the marriage bed. Pray that men will discipline their minds and submit their bodies to their wives alone (1 Corinthians 7:4).

15. Pray that the Lord will convict the heart of the man who is wasting his family’s finances on selfish pursuits and even alcohol or drugs and that he will become a responsible administrator (1 Timothy 5:8).

16. Oh Lord, I stumble and fumble through life in need of a leader, a shepherd. Therefore, I submit to your lordship as Shepherd of my life. I am humbled and honored that you – the Lord God Almighty, creator of the universe – would be my Shepherd. I trust you to lead me and guide me every step of the way. Cause me to develop an intimate, personal knowledge of you, my Shepherd! (Psalm 23:1a).

17. Dear Lord, it seems like I always want something. Cause me to realize that because you are my Shepherd, I have everything I need. Help me to find my contentment in you and nothing else. I thank you, Lord, for giving me everything I need for living life and for godly character! You, oh LORD, are my Shepherd! (Psalm 23:1b).

18. Lord Jesus, it seems like I am always so busy. And the harder I try, the worse things get. I can’t do it. I refuse to try anymore. I give up. I trust you with my life. I gladly take your yoke, which unites me to you. I receive your rest. Cause me to lie down in your green pastures. You are my resting place! My rest is in you, Lord (Psalm 23:2a ).

19. Lord, with all the stuff going on in my life, I could sure use some peace and quiet. I need your still waters. You are the only one who can calm my troubled soul. You are my peace. Cause the living waters of your Spirit to flow peacefully through me. I trust you to lead me by still waters. Where you lead, I will follow (Psalm 23:2b).

20. Oh Lord, I have been through so many life-shattering events. My mind is confused and my emotions are raw. I need relief! I need restoration! You are the Great Physician. Only you can make me whole. Cause your healing presence to renew my mind and restore my soul. Thank you for making me whole! (Psalm 23:3a ).

21. Busyness consumes the time of most men. Pray for us men to learn to “be still” with disciplined times of seeking the Lord (Psalm 46:10).

22. The prayer closets of many men are in decline. But the Lord counts on us to be faithful prayer warriors (1 Timothy 2:8). Pray for men to realize the urgency and need for daily time before the Lord (Matthew 6:33).

23. The Bible says that “Noah walked with God”(Genesis 6:9) and that “Enoch walked with God” (Genesis 5:24). Pray for men to desire a closer walk with God each day.

24. “In Him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Pray that men will learn how to seek an intimate relationship with God not only in the prayer closet but also throughout the day.

25. “Men ought always to pray and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). Pray for men to cultivate a spirit of prayer at all times, learning how to abide in his presence.

26. People look up to those in leadership to resolve the political, economic and social problems of our world. But we know that the root cause of all evil is spiritual in nature. Only the Lord has the answer. Therefore, let’s pray for our government and invest every effort to spread the gospel (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

27. Today a majority of men are lured into the vices of pornography and other immorality. Christian men who are not watchful and determined to live a life of purity are easily swept away in this tsunami of evil. Pray for a moral and spiritual revival and ask the Lord to start with you (Mark 14:38).

28. TWR Champions Arise (CA) encourages men to pray through its monthly prayer calendar, assists men through its programs to deal with life’s challenges and promotes the formation of discipleship groups in cooperation with local churches. Praise the Lord that CA is already ministering in 15 languages. Pray for open doors, hearts and hands in many more countries.