Then, brothers brave and manly,
Together let us be,
For He, who is our Master,
The Man of men was He.
The men who would be like Him
Are wanted everywhere,
And where they love each other
The Master’s men are there. William G. Tarrant (1853-1928).
Whether you are married or single, there are men in your life who need your prayers. Today’s society does not uplift Christian manhood. It does not revere the husband/father as head of the home. It does not expect men to be gentlemen. The Bible always raises the bar on human’s expectations. The prayer guide on the next page was derived from reading and studying Psalm 112. Here is the text, from the ESV (which I often use in study, though I prefer the King James in speaking venues):
112:1  Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
who greatly delights in his commandments!
2 His offspring will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in his house,
and his righteousness endures forever.
4 Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
who conducts his affairs with justice.
6 For the righteous will never be moved;
he will be remembered forever.
7 He is not afraid of bad news;
his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
8 His heart is steady; he will not be afraid,
until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
9 He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever;
his horn is exalted in honor.
10 The wicked man sees it and is angry;
he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
the desire of the wicked will perish!
Spurgeon’s Treasury of David is full of gems on this Psalm, like:
“His life is the result of principle, his actions flow from settled, sure and fixed convictions and therefore his integrity is maintained when others fail.” Spurgeon
“God is unchangeable; and therefore faith is invincible, for it sets the heart on Him, fastens it there on the rock of eternity; then let winds blow and storms arise, it cares not.” Robert Leighton
“Honesty and integrity are better cornerstones for an honorable house than mere cunning and avarice, or even talent and push.” Spurgeon
“Jehovah is to be praised both for inspiring men with godly fear and for the blessedness which they enjoy in consequence thereof.” Spurgeon
Use the following prayer guide to pray for your husband, father, pastor, sons…all of the men of God in your life:
PRAYING FOR MEN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART
Sunday: That he would fear God. That he would delight in the Word of God. That he would obey God’s commandments.
Monday: That he will be a consistent example to his children and others. That he would have a faith worthy of imitation.
Tuesday: That he would strive to “make others rich”, beginning with his own house.
Wednesday: That he would have discernment, especially in difficulty/temptation.
Thursday: That he would have works to prove his faith (James), know how to demonstrate agape (selfless) love, and have the mind of Christ in ordering his affairs. That he would know the blessedness of giving, realizing how much he has been given.
Friday: That he would have tenacity for the truth and a resolve to do right. That he would live his life practicing the presence of Christ-for His approval and not man’s. That his feet may be solidly planted when facing opposition, that he would desire the good of those that would be his enemies.
Saturday: That he would have an inner strength and unswerving and fearless dedication to his God.