1. God is trustworthy – Hebrews chapter 11 reminds us about God’s faithfulness. As followers of Christ, we should always obey what He calls us to do as the Bible and the Holy Spirit instruct us. Then we can leave the results in His hands. Do your best and God will do the rest. (Phil. 1:6)
2. Facing giants – Perhaps you are facing giants in your life right now. If so, remember to look for help where help is to be found. Call upon Jesus – He will never turn down your honest cry for help. (Psa. 50:15)
3. Always in time – You might think that an answer to a certain prayer is coming too late, but you can trust that God knows what He is doing. His timing is always perfect; be patient and wait for the Lord. (Matt. 7:7)
4. The Almighty One – Nothing is beyond the reach of prayer, except what is beyond the will of God. He knows our intent and will answer if we seek Him with all of our heart. (Num. 11:23)
5. Fear of the Lord – “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate” (Prov. 8:13). God Almighty created us in His image. He gave us free will. Because of the fall, man lost his moral compass and the eternal perspective. Lord, help me to fear You, to hate evil and to follow You.
6. Finding the Lord – “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13). The heart is the center of the human mind, will, and emotions. The total submission of our heart is the condition to find God. There is no more relevant decision. Therefore, pray to be a man with an undivided heart.
7. The sanctuary – “It was troublesome in my sight until I came into the sanctuary of God; then I perceived their end” (Psa. 73:16,17). Life is not fair. Injustice and evil are winning many times. Don’t lose heart; God is still in charge and holds the future! Seek Him intimately. Allow Him to build your faith and to change your perspective.
8. Understanding – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Prov. 9:10). God is the creator of everything. He displays His invisible attributes, power and divine nature all through creation. Men, surrender your will and every area of your life to His lordship.
9. Obedience – “If you love me, you will keep my commands” (John 14:15). The fear of the Lord is proven by obedience to His Word. Only 16% of the people in the most missionary-sending country, and only 6% in the land of the Reformation, read their Bibles. Be a man who makes a difference by keeping His commandments.
10. Protection – “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them” (Psa. 34:7). Yes, the fear of the Lord protects us from the evil one. There is no better life insurance. Be a man the Lord can rescue and honor because of your authentic faith and humble dependency on Him.
11. Fulfill – “I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people” (Psa. 116:14). Even though our culture tolerates the separation of a couple, a man’s faithfulness to his wife is a commitment made before God and the church. Be a man ready to surrender your will to God, allowing Him to rule every aspect of your life.
12. Words – “There are words that wound like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings health” (Prov. 12:18). Because of the pandemic, families were confined and forced to spend more time together. That created tension and hurtful words were spoken. If this is your case, ask for forgiveness and pray for a tongue that heals.
13. Balance – Constant and strenuous work, without time for the things of God, jeopardizes the family life. “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain” (Psa. 127:1). Be diligent in your work, but remember, the blessing of the Lord is the greatest value and your fellowship with your family the greatest blessing!
14. Family blessing – “Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children” (Prov. 17:6). Pray that your family will be blessed through your deep and joyful interaction with all of your children, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, sons and daughters!
15. Desire – “So that your trust may be in the LORD, I have taught you today, even you” (Prov. 22:19). What more can a father desire for his children, but that the influence of his life be so compelling that they also trust the Lord. Pray for the Lord to enable you to leave the best ever inheritance, namely, your children’s faith in God.
16. Partnership – Family life should never become an environment of competition; instead, it is to be a place where one helps the other. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will be fulfilling the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). Lord, may the example of Jesus motivate me to serve and help my family without self-interest.
17. Real success – God wants to give us success and shows us the key for it. “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it, for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success” (Josh. 1:8).
18. Science – “Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from your law” (Psa. 119:18). Pray for the Lord of Creation to open the eyes of scientists, who study systematically the laws and behavior of the physical and natural world. Pray for the Lord to give them insight so that the result of their studies will benefit humanity.
19. Endurance – “Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting” (Psa. 126:5). Life is not a leisurely stroll in the park, rather a time for conscious work. Pray for the Lord to give you wisdom and endurance. He will reward your faithfulness and obedience to Him. You are not home yet, but remember, the best is still to come!
20. Courage – “Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Josh. 1:9). To assume the role of a leader can be frightening. When God calls, we can trust Him all the way. As a man, you are called to lead like Christ led. Therefore, be strong and be a blessing to your family.
21. Falsely accused – “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad…” (Matt. 5:11,12). Radical secularism tries to irradicate the Judeo-Christian worldview and vilifies Christians. Remember, Jesus suffered the same. Stay firm and rejoice in Him.
22. Prayer – “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thes. 5:16-18). When you pray in Christ’s name, you leave your world of limitations and inability and enter God’s realm, where everything is possible. Be a man of prayer!
23. Living is Christ – Lord, I see now that difficulties, suffering or adversity are simply occasions for Christ to be magnified in me. All is for my good because the character of Christ will be expressed through me. His presence and power will sustain me. Thanks to Christ, even dying is gain to me! (Phil. 1:20-21)
24. Forgiveness – Oh God, it has been so hard for me to recognize that you forgive me. But now I understand that forgiveness is a gift. I can just receive it because Christ has already paid the price for me. I belong to You now. Thank You, Lord, for Your amazing grace, which makes my forgiveness possible! (Eph. 1:7)
25. The inheritance – Dear God, my life has been so different since I first trusted Christ and received Him into my life. I understand that this is a result of my inheritance as a joint heir of Christ. Thank You, Lord, for the inheritance of new life in Christ. Now I have everything I need in Christ! (Eph. 1:11-12)
26. Double blessed – Oh Lord, thank You for the way You have blessed me in Christ. Your Word says that my inheritance is for both here and the hereafter. You sealed me with the Holy Spirit so that I am forever safe and secure in You. Praise God for my glorious inheritance! (Eph. 1:13-14)
27. Help for the helpless – Lord Jesus, now I see that I am truly helpless in every area of my life. Even the best that I can do—my righteousness—is like filthy rags compared to You. You have come to be my helper in all things at all times. Thank You for being my Lord, my life, and my all. (Heb. 13:6)
28. The fear of man – “The fear of man is a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted” (Prov. 29:25). People have many opinions about life and death and, unfortunately, fall easily for the answer of sophisticated philosophies. Trust God, the only One who is in charge over life and death. Read and believe His Word, the Bible.
29. Be prepared – “For this reason you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think he will” (Matt. 24:44). Jesus will return! When He comes, our time to invest in His kingdom, by living for Him and doing His work, will be up. Pray to be a man who has his house in order and is prepared.
30. Resilient – “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Cor. 16:13,14). Cultural secularism is increasingly hostile to the Gospel. Pray to be a father who knows how to disciple his children in a way that they are resilient and prepared to take a stand for their faith.
31. Don’t lose heart – “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary” (Gal. 6:9). Through www.everymanawarrior.com and www.championsarise.org we are encouraging men to become what God always wanted them to be. Please continue praying for these ministries.