Prayer Points for October 2018

1. Pray that men will model a life that is dependent on prayer (1 Thess. 5:17) and allow the authority they hold to be inspired by the example of Christ.

2. God purposely created males and females to be different, but men often become frustrated when they encounter that difference in the ways their wives think and act. Instead, be willing to follow the instruction of 1 Peter 3:7 and make an effort to understand, honor and love your wife.

3. Because the wife’s desire for physical intimacy is often less than the husband’s, he may be more vulnerable to temptation. Pray that men will flee sexual immorality and honor their marriage vows. (1Cor. 6:18)

4. Fears of inadequacy can lead some men try to control their wives’ and children’s thoughts and behaviors in an unhealthy way. Pray that these men will yield to God their desire to control their loved ones and trust him for the outcome. (Prov. 3:5)

5. The divorce of parents will cause hurt, woundedness and bitterness that can deeply affect children for life. Pray that divorced husbands will not worsen the situation by passing their frustrations on to their children. (Prov. 10:19)

6. Dear God, I realize that I do not know as much as I thought I knew about my identity in Christ. If I did, I would not still be living like my old self instead of my new self. You baptized me into a spiritual union with Christ through his death so that you could resurrect me as a new creation through his life. Cause me to step out by faith and start walking in my new life in Christ. (Rom. 6:3-4)

7. Dear Lord, I understand how important it is to drink water for my body, but sometimes I neglect the life-giving water of the Holy Spirit. I need the power of the living water of the Holy Spirit to constantly flow through me. Remove any blockage in my life that would quench your Spirit. Cause me to exercise faith in you so that your Spirit can work in my life. (John 7:37-39)

8. Father God, I have heard about your love, read about your love and sung about your love. But now I ask you to make your love real within my life. Cause me to realize that you love me so much that you sent Jesus Christ to me. Lord Jesus, you died for me, in order that you might give yourself to me, so that you could live your life through me. Thank you for loving me so much! (1 John 4:8-9)

9. Wow, Lord! Not only do you love me, but you imparted your love to me. The Holy Spirit, the very love source himself, now resides in me. Your life in me makes it possible for me to love others as you have loved me. Cause me to love those I meet with your pure, perfect, and unconditional love. I praise you for making me an instrument of your grace. (Gal. 5:25)

10. Nobody can do everything immediately, but everybody can do something immediately. Ask God to show you what he wants you to do for his kingdom today. (Matt. 20:6-7)

11. Whenever you are worried about the future, you should remember what Corrie ten Boom once said: “Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” (Matt. 6:33-34)

12. When Peter focused on Jesus, he could walk on water. But as soon as he began to focus on the high waves and the rough sea that surrounded him, he started to sink. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus, and he will care for you – now and forever. (Matt. 14:28-31)

13. When God reminds you about somebody that needs to hear a word from God, don’t waste time. Go ahead and share the good news. Ask yourself: If not you, who? If not now, when? (Col. 4:5).

14. Our task as followers of Jesus Christ is to sow the good seeds and to water the soil. God himself is always responsible for the harvest. Give him praise today for the great privilege it is to be a tool in his almighty hands to bring salvation to other people. (Acts 13:47).

15. Lord, thank you that we are part of your kingdom now and forever. We represent our King and kingdom here and now. We pray for men to embrace this biblical reality and be faithful ambassadors for King Jesus. (2 Cor. 5:20)

16. Lord, on one occasion when you performed a miracle, you said: “The kingdom of God has come to you.” We pray as men to be portals through which your presence and reign will touch other lives through us. (Luke 17:21)

17. Jesus, you are king of those who receive you into their lives. Enable us to acknowledge the rule of King Jesus in our hearts and submit to your reign in daily life. (Rev. 17:14; 19:16)

18. Lord, your Word says we will “reign with Christ on the earth” (Rev. 5:10). May your abiding life also reign here now over sin and temptation as we yield to your indwelling life. (Phil. 4:13)

19. Lord, your Word says if we endure, we will reign with Jesus (2 Tim. 2:12). Holy Spirit, fill us and empower us to have a spirit of endurance to be faithful and “finish well,” reigning in this life and on into eternity.

20. “For You have made him a little lower than the angels, / And You have crowned him with glory and honor. / You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; / You have put all things under his feet” (Ps. 8:5-6). As our creator, God has bestowed upon mankind great dignity. We pray that Christian men will understand that their work and families are opportunities to demonstrate their faith and integrity.

21. “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly” (Matt. 7:6). Instead of praying to impress others, we need to value our personal prayer time. God is present in private as well as public worship and will reward our ministry of intercession.

22. At the dedication of the temple in Jerusalem, King Solomon prayed, “Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You” (2 Chron. 6:19). God assured the king that this famous prayer of intercession was heard. Under the new covenant, believers are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19), so we can be assured that God is attentive to our prayers as well!

23. The prophet Daniel prophesied about intense persecution that would afflict God’s people. “And those of the people who understand shall instruct many; yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering. … And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end” (Dan. 11:32, 33, 35). May we prayerfully persevere and be heroic disciples in these last days.

24. Because Jesus Christ is our victorious high priest, we can pray with confidence. “Having [this] High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Heb. 10:21-23).

25. “If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself” (2 Tim. 2:12-13). Lord, keep reminding us of these things. Guard our speech against quarreling about words; it is of no value and only ruins those who listen. (2 Tim. 2:14)

26. Lord, help us to do our best to present ourselves to you as ones who are approved, workers who do not need to be ashamed and who correctly handle the word of truth. (2 Tim. 2:15)

27. Heavenly Father, help us avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their message will spread like gangrene (2 Tim. 2:16-17). Remind us that your servants must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach and not resentful. (2 Tim. 2:24)

28. Thank you, Lord, that your solid foundation stands firm, sealed with these inscriptions: “The Lord knows those who are his” and “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness” (2 Tim. 2:19).

29. Lord, help us flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace along with those who call on you out of a pure heart. (2 Tim. 2:22)

30. Thank you, Father, for loving me. Thank you that you want me to be an instrument of your love. Therefore, help me not have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments that produce quarrels but instead to be your gentle servant. (2 Tim. 2:23-24)

31. Dear Lord, teach me to gently instruct my opponents. I believe that you can grant them repentance, leading them to a knowledge of the truth. I am surrounded with people who have lost their senses. Make me a witness of hope and freedom so that many will escape from the trap of the devil who has taken them captive to do his will. (2 Tim. 2:25-26)