01. Blessed – Jesus said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:3). Pray for men to recognize their spiritual poverty outside of a vital relationship with the Lord and to pursue a deepening sense of the richness of His heavenly presence.
02. Mourning – Jesus said: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). Pray for men to mourn over their sin and see it as an offense to God; then, in confession and repentance, receive His comforting
03. Meekness – Jesus said: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5) Pray for men to be teachable and gentle, open to the teaching of the Lord and godly mentors. Pray that proud men will humble themselves under the mighty hand of God.
04. Hunger – Jesus said: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) Men often try to fill the void of their hearts with wrong things. Pray for men to hunger and thirst for God and to be filled with Him and His righteousness.
05. Mercy – Jesus said: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7) Pray for men to have a gentle heart of mercy towards their families and co-workers. Instead of seeking revenge, pray for men to have forgiving hearts and to treat others’ sins with the same mercy they want others to treat their own sins.
06. Intercession – “But I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail” (Luke 22:32). These are the words of Jesus to Peter. Amazing, Jesus prays for his disciples! When we pray for others, we are in union with Him.
07. Loving God – Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” (John 21:15-17) Then, He restores Peter without accusation. Jesus’ question: “Do you love me?” was decisive to enlist Peter and is decisive to enlist you and me into His service.
08. Fellowship – “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). This is the key for true fellowship. Let’s walk in the light as redeemed members of His body.
09. Administrators – When we live with Jesus, nothing belongs to us anymore. It no longer is my house, my money, my body. Everything belongs to Jesus, but I can use and enjoy it and be at God’s disposal as a good administrator. (Acts 4:32)
10. Manliness – “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13) The biblical values for us men are watchfulness, reliability, faithfulness, and strength. God wants to help us develop these character qualities and be men according to His heart.
11. Living is Christ – Dear Lord, show me my identity in Christ. Cause me to see myself as You see me. The way You see me is the way You made me as a new creation—alive in Christ. That’s real and true living. Enable me to boldly face death with the confident assurance that to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21)
12. The ultimate makeover – Oh God, 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. Thank You for the privilege of exchanging my old life for Your glorious new life. You have made me completely new in union with Christ.
(2 Corinthians 5:17).
13. Death: the gateway to life – Dear Lord, I believe that Your way is the best way. Grant me the grace to go Your way with my life. My old selfish life in Adam ended when You died on the cross. I accept my death with You on the cross. I release my old life. Thank You for this beautiful new life in Christ! (Matthew 16:24).
14. Vain labors – Heavenly Father, I have been working hard for You, but recognize that my fleshly labor is to no avail. I see now that Your kingdom is a heavenly kingdom and You have said that only my spiritual labor is never in vain. Thank You for allowing me to be a co-laborer with the Lord! (Psalms 127:1)
15. Resting in the Lord – Dear Lord, I have really tried to live for You, but I keep failing. I am so weary that I refuse to try anymore. You invite me to come to You. Thank You, that since I received Christ, I am yoked to You in a divine union. So, I now rest in You as my burden bearer. (Matthew 11:28-30)
16. Real success – “Do not let this book of the Law depart from your mouth, meditate on it…Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8). Permanent and fulfilling success is beyond material and human conquest. Therefore, become a man of the Word; meditate on it and live by His eternal values.
17. The normal Christian life – “In fact everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). The absolutes of the Gospel are opposed to today’s growing worship of pleasure and relativism. Pray to stand firm when the new normal will be the persecution of followers of Christ.
18. Competence – “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God” (2 Corinthians 3:5). Let’s never forget that the Christian life is the life of Christ. Only He can live it in and through us. Therefore, resist the urge to manage alone and surrender in humble obedience to God’s will.
19. Struggling – “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” (Hebrews 12:4). Because Christ shed His blood on the cross, we are set free from the penalty of sin. Pray to be ready to resist temptation and to surrender even the last resistance of your self-life to Him.
20. The Judge – “…He is the one whom God appointed as the judge of the living and the dead” (Acts 10:42b). Christ came into the world to save it. Pray to be ready to spread the Good News as the Lord gives you opportunity. But be ready also to warn those who resist because, for the unbeliever, He will be the judge.
21. The last word – “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth” (Job 19:25). Don’t be too impressed by those who speak loudest, have the greatest following or biggest political influence. The kingdoms of this world will pass away. Be focused on the Lord Jesus Christ our coming and eternal King.
22. Being salt and light – “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for nothing, except to be thrown out and trampled by men” (Matthew 5:13). Christ calls His disciples to be agents of life and transformation. Pray for the light of Christ to shine through you today.
23. Sickness – “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory” (John 11:4). Medicine and healthy living can prolong our time on earth but not forever. Only Jesus gives eternal life. If you belong to Him, you must never fear. Thank Him for being with you always and for using even sickness for God’s glory.
24. Solitude – “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35). Nobody ever had a bigger responsibility and more important agenda than Jesus. Lord, I want to seek You first; allow me to hear Your voice. I want to live for You and do Your will!
25. Pure religion – “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27). God cares for orphans and widows who experience the excruciating pain of loss, separation, vulnerability, and death. Allow Him to use you to show the purity of your religion.
26. Speaking truth – “Instead speaking the truth in love, we will in all things
grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ” (Ephesians 4:15). Christ and
the Word of God are the truth our world needs. Pray to be a wise and loving
witness of His truth as you allow for Christ to live in and through you at home
and for our world in need.
27. Socializing – Life is hectic, but at the end of the day all desire to have a pleasant family get-together. Difficulties, uncontrolled temper, and lack of patience distsurb the peace in the home. “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word provokes anger” (Proverbs 15:1). Lord, help me to promote a healthy environment in my family.
28. Trust – The words spoken by the father to his children can determine their life’s journey. The wise man in Proverbs instructs his son: “That your trust may be in the LORD, I teach them to you today.” (Proverbs 22:19) Lord, may my teaching encourage my children to trust in Your Word and to follow my example.
29. The good fight – “For the weapons of our warfare are not human, but mighty in God to destroy strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4). Words do not always convince, especially when we must fight against worldly ideologies and teachings, to which our children are exposed daily. Lord, grant me to protect my beloved ones from evil influences.
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30. Service – Married life is not a contest of authority but has to do with a servant spirit in humility and subjection to the Lord Jesus Himself. “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ” (Ephesians 5:21). May we as men have the right attitude towards our wives, serving them, thus demonstrating the life of Christ in us.