Prayer Points for March 2016

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1. Pray for men to capture the vision of becoming more intentional about leading and empowering others by example. (1 Timothy 4:12)

2. Humility and faithfulness breed respect from others. Ask God to help men lead with humility and consistency. (Ephesians 4:2)

3. Godly leadership requires courage. Pray for men to find their courage rooted in the Lord and his strength. (Joshua 1:9)

4. Pray for men to be honest about past poor leadership – confessing and asking forgiveness – and then begin to live out godly leadership in the home and workplace. (James 5:16)

5. Pray for men to choose godly role models and mentors who can encourage them in their leadership roles. (1 Corinthians 11:1)

6. Joseph from Nazareth, Mary’s husband, is one of the great biblical heroes. He trusted God even though it was hard to understand – and believe – that Mary’s pregnancy was a result of God’s miraculous intervention. Let us pray that God will grant us the same faith in him and a similar trust in his word. (Matthew 1:24)

7. Mary’s husband was indeed a faithful servant of the Lord and a man of great integrity. He was trustworthy and faithful to his wife, to his children and to God. Pray that God will grant Christian men around the world the dedication, wisdom and strength that it takes to develop a strong character. (Proverbs 28:20)

8. God gave men a special responsibility of caring for their wives and children (Ephesians 5:23). Pray that as Christian men, we will acknowledge our God-given responsibility for our families and strive to serve our beloved ones with all the resources and talents granted us by God.

9. Babies are extremely focused on their own needs. As adults we are still constantly tempted to focus on our own well-being first, instead of the needs of others. Pray that God will raise up men all over the world who discover the blessing of being servant leaders and who care deeply for their beloved ones. (Philippians 2:4)

10. Quite often we realize the truth in Jesus’ statement, “The spirit is willing. But the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). When we humbly accept the truth about ourselves and entrust our lives to God, he can transform us into the kind of champions he wants us to be. Pray for the Spirit of God to do his work in your life as well.

11. Prayer reveals both our weaknesses and our strengths. God encourages us to pray and assists us as we do so. “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).

12. The strength that we tap into through prayer is none other than God’s. His presence and power turn intercessors into champions. The Lord promises his people, “Fear not, for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

13. The Spirit of the Lord is the spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2). Meditate on this. Then thank and praise him for his intercessory ministry in our lives.

14. We – and those we pray for – desperately need counsel to navigate the problems of life successfully. And we need divine empowerment to face today’s challenges. God’s Spirit in the believer meets these needs (1 Corinthians 6:19). Therefore keep in touch with the Lord and consider prayer to be the breathing of your heart.

15. The prophet Isaiah identified God’s Spirit as “the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” In many times and circumstances, we lack relevant information, but God knows everything about everything! As we learn to revere him, we will also learn to yield to his control and become filled with the Spirit of knowledge. (Ephesians 5:18)

16. Pray that God will remind you and other men of the love you had for your wives when first married. And pray God will rekindle and strengthen that love again. (Song of Solomon 4:9)

17. Men often hold grudges against their wives because the women said or did something that hurt or offended the men. Pray that God will convict men’s hearts over their sin of unforgiveness and move them to love their wives unselfishly. (Matthew 5:23-24)

18. On two occasions people heard God the Father say this about Jesus: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Pray that men will follow God’s example and strengthen and encourage their children with words of affirmation and true love. (Matthew 3:17; 17:5)

19. God hates lying because it is sinful and destroys relationships of trust. Successful marriage relationships are based and built on trust. When men are unfaithful, they deceive and they destroy trust. Pray for these men to confess their sin to God, repent and lead their families as men who speak and live the truth. (Proverbs 12:22)

20. Jesus was extremely busy but still a man of prayer. He knew that he could only do the will of God in total dependency on him. When we men are busy, we are tempted to think that we don’t have time for prayer. Pray that God would give us the proper perspective so that we would lead our families as men who pray without ceasing. (Luke 5:16)

21. As men, we are very concerned with our self-image. But neither fame nor wealth nor strength is the right measure for our self-worth. Pray for God to reveal in your heart and mind how precious you are in his sight. Pray for him to restore your true spiritual identity as you accept the gift of his grace. (Romans 3:23-24)

22. “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). Dear God, thank you for showing me what true freedom is like. I never realized the extent of my bondage until I discovered the magnitude of my freedom in Christ. Thank you Lord Jesus for setting me free through your death on the cross. I praise you for making me free by imparting your resurrection life to me.

23. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17). Oh God, I admit that I am a weak, frail human. Thank you for allowing me to be born of your Spirit so that I could be liberated from my sinful past. Holy Spirit, I ask you to fill every area of my life with your liberating presence. Cause me to walk in the liberty of my new life in Christ.

24. “But who so looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (James 1:25). Dear God, your law made me realize that I was a slave to sin. Thank you that the law of the Spirit of life in Christ has liberated me from the law of sin and death. I am grateful to you, Lord Jesus, that as the perfect Son of God, you have imparted your perfect life to me. Make me a doer of the work.

25. “I will make a new covenant … not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers. … For this is the covenant that I will make; … I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts.” (Hebrews 8:8-10) Thank you, Lord, for the new covenant of your indwelling life. Thank you for enabling me to know your will and walk in your ways!

26. Before Jesus departed, he told his disciples that he would give them another Comforter, one who would abide with them forever. “Even the spirit of truth … dwells with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:16-17). Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you placed your Spirit within me and made me one spirit with you. Praise God that you have joined yourself to me in an inseparable bond.

27. Praise the Lord that TWR’s discipleship project for men, Champions Arise (CA), is in different stages of development in nine countries. The prayer calendar is being translated in seven languages. Pray for the Lord to use CA to raise an army of prayer warriors and Christian men who are humble enough to submit to the Lordship of Christ and courageous enough to lead in his way in their homes and the church. (1 Timothy 2:8)

28. “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). War, rumors of war, persecution, famine, hopelessness, and the breakdown of law and order are spreading around the globe. Pray that Christian men will be beacons of light and hope as they testify through their words and deeds that the One who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

29. “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:20)
Today in many countries Christians are being persecuted, harassed and killed. Many thousands are paying the ultimate price for their faith. Pray that children, women and men who are in this predicament will experience the supernatural power of Christ and not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul. (Matthew 10:28)

30. “I urge that … prayers … be made on behalf of … all who are in authority” (1Timothy 2:1-2). We live in the last days. Spiritual warfare is at its climax. As ambassadors of God’s kingdom, we are urged to join him with our prayers in this battle. Pray for government officials and men and women in authority in your society to have discernment and to seek his will.

31. The wars in Africa and the Middle East are causing a wave of refugees not seen since WWII. Their plight is heartbreaking. When Christ saw the distressed and dispirited multitudes, he said to his disciples: “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few, therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into this harvest.” (Matthew 9:36.37) Pray for the Lord to call men to work among the refugees.