Prayer Points for September 2018

1. Lord, enable us men to capture the vision to become more intentional about leading, especially within our families, and empowering others by example. (1 Tim. 4:12)

2. Lord, you are not a heavy-fisted dictator, and your Son exemplified humble leadership by serving others. Help men to be filled with your Spirit so they will lead in the same way. (Eph. 4:2)

3. Godly leadership requires courage. Father, so they will lead even when it’s difficult, we pray for men to find their courage rooted in their relationship with you and in your courage. (Josh. 1:9)

4. Father, convict us men to be honest when we lead poorly, confessing and asking forgiveness and then living out godly leadership in the home and workplace. (James 5:16)

5. Holy Spirit, lead us to godly role models and mentors who can encourage us in our leadership roles. (1 Cor. 11:1)

6. Whenever the Evil One tries to get hold of you in one way or another, either by hardship or temptation, you should turn him away like Jesus did when tempted by Satan (1 Pet. 5:9). Give thanks to Jesus that he conquered Satan and his evil companions forever on Calvary (Col. 2:15).

7. In some areas, evil forces are scaring people by openly flexing their muscles in various ways. In other places, such as the Western Hemisphere, they often hide or disguise themselves. Pray that God will raise up Christians with the gift of testing to reveal these spirits (1 John 4:1).

8. Christians sometimes little by little become increasingly preoccupied with this world – some to the extent that they slide totally away from Christ. Pray that this will not happen to you and your loved ones (2 Tim. 4:10).

9. As a follower of Christ, you should always look for opportunities to speak hope to the world. Pray that God will show you when and how to speak, and ask for the courage to lift your voice at the right time (Prov. 25:11).

10. Pray today that God will use you, as he used the apostles, to bring more people closer to him (Acts 14:21).

11. Father God, you put everything on Christ so he could take it all off me. Jesus took all my sin, my guilt and my shame upon himself. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for becoming sin for me. You became what I was – sin – so I could become what you are – righteous. Praise you for making me righteous through my union with Christ. Christ is now my righteousness! (2 Cor. 5:21)

12. Dear Lord, Sometimes I am early and sometimes I am late. But your Word makes it clear that you are always on time. Cause me to get on your timetable. Lead me by your Spirit to go when you say to go, to stop when you say to stop and to wait when you say to wait. Thank you, Lord, for enabling me to move only as you move me. (Gal. 4:4-5)

13. Dear God, my past still haunts me. I keep struggling with my past failures and defeats. But now I realize that I cannot change my past and I cannot predict the future. You can forgive me, however, and restore my life. Therefore, I submit myself to you so you can resolve my past and guide me into the future. (Isa. 43:18)

14. Lord Jesus, there are times when I encounter problems that really upset me and I do not know what to do. But you are the Prince of Peace. And you have promised to keep me in perfect peace if I will only look to you and trust in you. I entrust my life, my problems and my future to you. Thank you for taking such good care of me. I am now kept by the power of God. (Isa. 26:3-4)

15. Children need loving discipline from their fathers so they will be able to accept the loving discipline of God. Pray that men will discipline their children in love and not harshness. (Prov. 3:12)

16. Husbands and fathers can face many obstacles as they try to raise godly families. Pray that men will not grow weary when the challenges come. (Gal. 6:9)

17. Many men face a variety of sexual temptations. Pray that husbands will honor their marriage vows and remain faithful to their wives in their thoughts, words and actions. (Eph. 5:3)

18. Fearing they won’t being able to provide as they want to, men can respond in angry ways toward their wives and children. Pray that these men will give all their worries to God and trust him to provide for their families’ needs. (1 Pet. 5:7)

19. An excellent wife is like a crown to her husband, but like a real crown, she must be taken care of, cherished and protected. Pray that husbands will treat their wives as the priceless crowns they are. (Prov. 12:4)

20. Jesus spent much of his time with men in small groups to speak into their lives. Often it was Jesus and the Twelve; sometimes Jesus and only three. Pray for men to seek out fellowship with other men to speak into each other’s lives and walk with Jesus together. (Mark 9:2; Mark 14:33; Ps. 34:3)

21. Elijah mentored Elisha. Jesus mentored disciples. Paul mentored Timothy. Many men crave a mentor, a “spiritual father figure,” but have none. Pray for men to desire and discern the right candidate to help them in their walk with the Lord through mentorship. (1 Kings 19:19; Matt. 4:19; 1 Tim. 1:1-2)

22. Father, we lift men in prayer today and ask that in this gender-confused world you will help men secure godly, biblically masculine mentors who can show by example and word what it means to be a good and godly man in Christ. Lead us to follow the example of men who are filled with the Spirit and enamored with Christ. (1 Cor. 11:1)

23. Pornography, alcoholism, drug abuse and other vices are usually destructive attempts to self-medicate inner pain. The outward sin is a sign of an inward lack. Pray for men to let Jesus diagnose and set them free from the idolatry of sinful substitutes, healing these “soul wounds” to get to the “root” of the problem. (John 8:36)

24. Sometimes, religious zeal and legalistic tendencies can become masks for private hypocrisy. Instead of wanting to be a loving, humble servant of Christ, we may strive to overcompensate for personal failures. Pray for men to rest in the grace of God that covers our sins and to allow this grace to enable them to live pure lives both privately and publicly. (Titus 2:11-14)

25. Diplomacy today seems more like beating around the bush than simply dealing with the facts in truth. To speak truth in love is the biblical command for followers of Christ (Eph. 4:15). Pray that you will be a man who stands for what is right and just but who does it with the compassion and humility of Christ.

26. Democracy – in other words, government elected by the people – is only as good and moral as the individuals composing it. Pray that God would send a moral and spiritual revival in your nation and that amoral and radical minorities would not dominate politics. Instead, pray for government to do what is right for the nation. (Ps. 33:12-22)

27. The rule of law restricts the arbitrary exercise of power. Pray that God would raise up judges who fear him and who will discern and apply the absolute truth of God’s eternal law. Pray with faith, knowing that in the end it is God who controls the affairs of men. (Ps. 75:6-7)

28. The constitution of a country is a set of principles and practices by which a state is governed. With the ascendance of radical ideologies that defy reason and morality, judges in higher courts are being pressured to change the prescribed standards and adapt their rulings to what is politically correct. Pray for these men and women to stand by the norms of truth and to do what is right.

29. You probably have heard some version of the saying, “To change a culture, God has to change the minds and hearts of men.” Pray for Christian men to understand and assume their role of godly leadership in home and society by surrendering their wills and hearts to the Lord. (Matt. 22:37)

30. With the move of Lonnie Berger, global director of TWR men’s ministry, to TWR’s main office, the discipleship initiative for men receives a new impetus. Pray for God to raise up champions in TWR’s international regions and its national-partner offices who will model and introduce this ministry to their constituencies and staff. (2 Tim. 2:2)