Prayer Points for January 2016

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1. These days, many men struggle to find their identity. We are expected to be tough and masculine and at the same time change diapers, cook meals, wash clothes, clean the house … and take responsibility for our families. Pray that we will find our identity in Christ and be men of character and godliness who lead as real champions (1 Peter 3:7).

2. Every day thousands of men and women promise to love one another as long as they live, in good days and bad days. Such promises are being made before God, family and friends. But sadly, every day thousands of men and women break their promises. Pray that the tide will turn. Pray that promises will be kept, problems be worked out and marriages will be healed and endure for a lifetime (Matthew 19:6).

3. Millions of children of divorced parents suffer. They pay the highest price for the breakup of their parents’ marriage. Statistically, kids from divorced families are more likely to get divorced as adults. Pray that God will awaken parents to their responsibilities to work through their problems and to commit to loving their children as long as they live (Matthew 19:5).

4. Pray that millions of men all over the world will rise up to become real champions. Pray that God will give men strength and ability according to his plan. In our own power and strength, we can do nothing. However, if we allow God to work in us and through our lives, miracles can happen. “I can do everything by the power of Christ. He gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).

5. The need to maintain a healthy spirit, soul and body is biblical (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Pray for men to make time to nurture all these areas for a healthy life. Bible study, prayer, fellowship, a balanced diet, exercise and emotional well-being are key.

6. Time management is a daily challenge for most men. Pray for men to be wise in prioritizing their time to make time for God, family and other important things (Ephesians 5:16).

7. A man’s greatest possession is his relationship with God. Pray for men to see beyond the immediate and material things in order to invest in what is of permanent value (Matthew 6:33).

8. Some men desire to lead their families spiritually but live with an unsaved or backslidden wife. Pray for these men to be wise as they lead with gentleness and by example (Colossians 3:19).

9. Spiritually leading a family is very demanding. Pray for men to seek and rely upon God for the strength needed to be humble, wise and godly leaders of their homes (Nehemiah 4:14).

10. Lack of faithfulness is most often the reason why couples split up. Although both men and women can be unfaithful, it is usually the husband who lacks commitment. King Solomon said, “Many claim to have love that never fails. But who can find a faithful man?” (Proverbs 20:6). Pray for women who are in this predicament to find faithful men who keep their promises.

11. Extraneous circumstances can cause great challenges to the family. In those times of hardship, our love for our spouses comes under severe pressure. Pray that men, by God’s grace, will develop love and compassion for their wives and families that are strong enough to cope with difficult times (Ephesians 5:25).

12. The apostle Paul reminded Christians in Ephesus (and you and me), “You were renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Ephesians 4:23). Whatever people do, good or bad, is the result of their thinking patterns. Pray that God will help us all to protect our thoughts and to fight temptations before there is time for bad thoughts to develop into bad acts.

13. As followers of Christ, we have in common the calling to live holy lives. The Lord himself will give us all we need as we allow Christ, our Lord and Savior, to live in us. He is the one who fills everything in every way (Ephesians 1:23). Thank him today that he is the one who is doing it all and that he is living his life in and through you.

14. When emotionally hurt, a spouse too easily focuses on the faults of the partner instead of admitting his or her own faults. Pray that men will humble themselves before God and ask God to help them see the planks in their own eyes before trying to remove the specks in their wives’ eyes (Matthew 7:3-5).

15. There are two kinds of divorce: physical, in which the spouses leave each other, and emotional, in which the spouses stay together but there is no love for or commitment to each other. Pray for these men who have divorced emotionally, asking God to draw their hearts to himself and to their wives (Ephesians 5:25-31).

16. Because men usually raise their children the way they were raised, many fathers are harsh with their children. Pray that God will teach these fathers how to bring up their young ones in the discipline and instruction of the Lord and not in a way that provokes the children to anger and resentment (Ephesians 6:4).

17. Men will often suffer emotionally in silence because they are unwilling or afraid to share their burdens. Pray that God will give them the confidence to share their burdens with Him (1 Peter 5:7) and with other godly men (Galatians 6:2-3).

18. A major cause of men’s anger is the fear of being inadequate. When men feel overwhelmed or unable to handle situations at home or at work, anger often results. Pray that God will make men aware of this problem and help them to see that their adequacy is in Christ (Philippians 4:13).

19. The apostle Paul knew who he was. Therefore, Paul could confidently say, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). “Dear Lord, show me who I am in Christ. Cause me to see myself as you see me. Constantly remind me that true living is possible only as I allow Christ to live through me. Enable me to boldly face death with the confident assurance that to die is gain. Amen!”

20. “Oh Lord, I am so grateful that I no longer must try to change my life. Now that I have received Christ, you have changed me from the inside out. You have made me completely new in union with Christ. My old life is dead and gone. Praise God, you have made me the best that I can be as a new creation in Christ. Amen!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

21. “Dear God, I believe that your way is the best way. Grant me the grace to follow your leading and go your way. When you died on the cross, you put an end to my old selfish life. I accept my death with you upon the cross. I lose my old life in exchange for your new life. Thank you for the privilege of living this beautiful new life! Amen!” (Matthew 16:24).

22. “Thank you, Lord, for baptizing me into Christ and placing me into his very life. My life was joined to Christ in a spiritual union. I died with Christ and was raised with Christ. You have raised me to walk in new life – the Christ life. I ask you to cause me to know this experientially in my daily walk to the glory of God! Amen!” (Romans 6:3).

23. “Dear God, in my mind I know that my old self was crucified with Christ, but that is just an intellectual fact. Holy Spirit, I ask you to reveal to me my crucifixion with Christ that I might also know what it means spiritually. I ask you to make my co-crucifixion with Christ real in my life. Grant me the grace to live the crucified life – dead to the old and alive to the new! Amen!” (Romans 6:11).

24. Human history is a saga of kingdoms in conflict. Behind the wars and rumors of wars, God’s sovereignty is overruling the forces of the world and the devil. As we pray for the impact of TWR broadcasts, we intercede as princes of the King of kings: “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever” (1 Timothy 1:17).

25. When we experience disappointment and affliction, we can either give way to despair or lean further on the faithfulness of God in prayer. Jeremiah testified, “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’ ” (Lamentations 3:22-24).

26. The prophet Nahum championed God’s supremacy in a time when Assyria dominated the nations. He knew that one person plus God is a majority. In contrast to the cruelty of Nineveh, he prayed and trusted the goodness of God to prevail. We, too, can trust our God. “The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him” (Nahum 1:7).

27. Our Lord calls us to always pray and not lose heart (Luke 18:1). We can persevere as we rely on God’s promised compensation: “Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord – that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11).

28. Jesus promised, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7). We abide in him as we realize that Jesus is in us and we are in him. His indwelling life inspires our prayers and assures us of their ultimate fulfillment. Praise him!

29. Wars and rumors of wars characterize our time. The helplessness of government leaders is apparent in light of the refugee migrations and of the repulsive tactics used by terrorists to commit hideous hate crimes. Pray by name for the men and women in authority to have God-given wisdom and the courage to do what is just and right.

30. Immorality, lack of ethics and corruption is undermining all levels of human relationships. The psalmist asked: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3). Jesus told his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth” and “You are the light of the world.” Pray for God to send revival and for his Church to make a difference for good in our society.

31. Praise the Lord that the Champions Arise prayer calendar is already being translated in nine languages. Translation and production of the standard series of 52 programs is happening in five countries. Pray for the new developments underway in India and for a way forward to be discovered so that Spanish, Portuguese, Bengali, Tamil, Hindi, Gujarati and Afrikaans programs will soon be available on and on TWR360.