September 8: A Prayer for Our Men
Heavenly Father, we thank You for our men in the Body of Christ. We thank You for equipping them to take their rightful place in You. Thank You for empowering them to walk in Your power and authority. Thank You for the men who will join the Body of Christ and glorify Your Name. Thank You, God, for restoration, reconciliation and healing in our families and communities. Thank You, for giving our all things that pertain to life and Godliness. How majestic is Your Name in all the earth. Your glory is set above the heavens. May Your glorious Name be praised; may it be exalted above all blessings and praise! You are great and most worthy of praise. No one can measure Your greatness. You are good to everyone. You shower compassion upon all of Your creation. All of Your works will thank You, Lord, and we, Your faithful followers, will praise You. We will tell of the glory of Your Kingdom and give examples of Your power.
Righteous Father, by faith, we call all of our men saved, sanctified, and filled with Your Spirit. Your Word instructs that faith without works is dead, so we confess that our men work to develop and demonstrate their Christian faith daily. Our men are priestly providers and protectors of their families. They love the Lord with all of their hearts, minds and strength. They are great leaders, loving husbands and excellent fathers. We confess that as they submit to Your Word; they are transformed by the renewing of their minds. Lord, we decree that their belief systems and behavior patterns reflect Your righteousness in their personal and public lives. We declare that the light of Jesus is reflected by their actions. As they fellowship with one another; others will see their good works and glorify You, our Father in heaven. Lord, we confess that Your favor surrounds our men like a shield.
Holy Spirit, we ask that You touch the hearts of our church congregations to continue praying for our men. Please empower us all to stand against society’s systems and structures that result in ten percent of all pre-school boys being suspended. Father, studies show that ninety percent of all “behavioral problems” in public schools are linked to boys. Please touch the hearts of fathers (and mothers) to teach their children Your Godly principles. Give us plans and strategies that will destroy these statistics and encourage our boys to succeed academically, socially and psychologically. Give teachers and educators creative ways to reach our boys so that the dropout rate among African American and Latino boys will begin to decrease. Holy Spirit, turn the hearts of our fathers back towards their children and their children’s hearts back towards them. Show all our parents how to increase their son’s logical skills, linguistic skills, intra-personal skills, interpersonal skills, spatial skills, kinesthetic skills, and musical skills.
Loving Father, forgive our men for sins of disobedience, selfishness, lying, pornography, fornication, adultery and for not accepting the responsibility for leadership within their families and the church. Forgive our men for rebellion, selfishness and for accepting the negative labels placed on them by the world. Lord, please help our men to forgive family members, friends and loved ones who have hurt or offended them. Father, heal emotional wounds caused by these hurts. Father, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind our men of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help our men to not yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.
Lord, we praise Your Name. Your Name alone is exalted. Your glory is high above the earth and heaven. You are worthy, Lord, to receive glory, honor and power. You created all things, by Your will they exist and were created. You are Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.