Praying for praying men

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. – John 14:13-14 KJV

Good morning friends,

Last night, me and a few friends had a chat about the things we love about men and it quickly turned into us sharing our mutual love for Godly men. While talking, it became obvious that an increased love for prayer is something that we desire to see in the men around us. I knew immediately that today was a great day to begin praying that God would raise a generation of men who desire to pray.

So often, we complain about what men lack, but instead of complaining, we could be appealing to the One who has the power to change things in an instant, our Father. I have blogged about how I love men who pray, but I realize I haven’t spent a lot of time praying for men to love prayer as a whole. God brought that to my attention and today, that changes. I am a firm believer in asking God for exactly what you desire, according to His will. I have appealed to God on so many occasions and I’ve seen Him answer many prayers, when prayed in faith and with a “your will, not my will” attitude. I have faith that He’ll be answering prayers according to His will today. This is what I’ll be asking:

  • That God would make the hearts of men burn with the desire to pray & intercede for others.
  • That God would give men the desire to pray with and for their wives & children (or future families).
  • That God would re-direct their focus from the fleeting things that distract them to the things of God.
  • That God would turn their hearts toward Him and that He would break them for what breaks His.
  • That God would not only make them hunger for prayer, but for the knowledge of who He is and that they would pursue Him wholeheartedly.

My plan for this is to not only ask generally God to raise up a generation of men, but to be very specific by writing out a list with the name of every man I know and pray this over them.

If this is something that your heart burns for, feel free to join me and my friends as we pray today. I’d love to hear about it if you do.

CircleOfPrayer

Godly Men

Hello friends,

Today, I am feeling completely compelled to write about why I love men who love Jesus. In my own life, I’ve been blessed to meet more men who wholeheartedly love Christ and I am so thankful for their presence. Please forgive me for the lack of cohesiveness found in this post. This post comes straight from my heart.

There’s something special about a man who surrenders His life to Christ. Something beautiful, captivating and lovely. I know that there are all words that one would not generally use to describe men, but they are powerful words that describe something that few words can, so  to me they are fitting.

Men who love Christ are peculiar. They are the opposite of everything the world portrays as manly. These men are those that will protect you, care for you, look out for the best interests of those around them and use self-control. They value you for heart and your brain, and not just your shape. They are loving, prayerful and fair. Their love for Christ spills out into their love for others and it’s a wonderful thing to be surrounded by men like this.

I love men who love Jesus because when I’m with them, I know that I’m safe. I know that if I need them, they’re coming to help me. I also know that if I need prayer, they’ll do that for me. Even deeper than that, they want to please Christ and encourage you to do the same. They are the ones who will encourage you to read your Bible, pray, study the Word and stay faithful to God.

When I think of Christian men, I think of Joseph, who was sold by his brothers into slavery, thrown into dark dungeons, offered sex by a woman who was married and ran, then later served in Egypt and helped save thousands of lives from hunger.

I think of Abraham, who walked when God told him to go to a place that He would show him and who served as the father of a great nation.

I think of David, who served God in his youth, lead the Lord’s people and although he sinned, he repented and moved forward. He also supremely loved God more than anything in life.

I think of men who marry, stay faithful & sacrificially love their wives, disciple their kids and provide for their families. Men who serve their churches and communities faithfully, as serving the Lord.

I think of the pastors who visit the members in times of need, keep their churches running, love their families and have a burning desire to see souls saved.

I think of young adult men, who choose to stand up for right even when their friends around them choose the way of the world.

I think of men who mentor and care for young children without fathers.

I think of men who love God more than anything else.

Men of God, I know that we (women) are hard on you sometimes, but it’s only because we know how dynamic you can be for God. We know that you can literally set the world on fire for Him. We want you to lead us. We want you to be men of character and integrity. We want to look at you and see Jesus’ reflection.

But more than anything, I encourage you. I encourage you to keep trusting God, keep following Him and to dig deeper. Seek Him more than you seek a wife. Seek Him more than you seek a career. Draw nigh to Him and He’ll draw nigh to you. Even if that means you have to be different, it’s okay. Great men usually had to separate from the crowd. Anyways, thank you for loving God. It encourages us to love Him more too.

Signed,

A Thankful Christian Sister

The greatest want of the world is the want of men-men who will not be bought or sold; men who in their inmost souls are true and honest; men who do not fear to call sin by its right name; men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall. -Ellen White

I Want To Marry A Man…

The greatest want of the world is the want of men—men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.

The above quote was written by Ellen G. White many years ago, but those words have never rang more true. The greatest want of the world is the want of God-fearing, strong men who live consecrated lives and walk with Him daily. However, men like this seem to be really few and far between, even though many are professed Christians.

As a single Christian young woman, I have come to realize that I have many standards for the man that I marry. These standards are not so much focused on his job, height or complexion, but more so focused on how he loves God. Any man can claim to be a Christian because he tweets Bible verses from his YouShare app, attends church service every week and listens to worship music, but that doesn’t mean that a man is walking with God daily.

What worries me about this, is that these men will one day grow to be husbands. They will be in charge of the spiritual growth and well-being of a wife and children and should be able to minister to that family. They should also understand that upon becoming a husband, they are taking on the responsibility of one day answering to God for how well they helped develop their family’s spiritual walk. God holds men accountable in a very special way.

One of my favorite pastors, Dr. John Piper of Desiring God discusses the role of husbands as laid out in Ephesians 5 in many of his writings & sermons. In his sermon “Lionhearted and Lamblike: The Christian Husband as Head,” he says this:

Headship is the divine calling of a husband to take primary responsibility for Christ-like, servant leadership, protection, and provision in the home.

After exploring this topic, I realized that I want to marry an extraordinary man of God who accepts headship for everything that it means. Marriage is beautiful, but if the husband is not ready to practice headship, the entire family can be in jeopardy. A spouse is a very influential person. If they are not fully devoted to Christ and fulfilling the roles he has created for them, the marriage will not glorify God in the way that is should.

Many men say that they love God, but their character, choices and demeanor say otherwise. Men who are not Christ-like are incapable of leading a wife and family closer to Him. And for a woman who loves God with her whole heart, marrying a man who does not love God the same way is a huge risk to take.

I want Christian women everywhere to think twice about the man that they want to marry. Don’t just pray for a Christian man, but pray for what you need specifically. This is what I realized about what kind of man of God I hope to marry.

  • I want to marry a courageous man. A man who will not be bought or sold. A man who loves God with a deep, burning love.
  • I want to marry a man who will not do wrong not just because he loves me, but because he cannot sin against God.
  • I want to marry a man who is in his inmost soul true and honest. A man who seeks God and whose primary goal is to be like Jesus.
  • I want to marry a man who can seek God for me, for our children and for direction. I want a man who can minister to me.
  • I want to marry a man who is so in love with the Lord, that God will literally have to tell him that it’s time to make me his wife.
  • I want to marry a man who trusts God with his life and my life. A man that is willing to do anything for God.
  • I want to marry a man who will have a deep, pure love for me because he has a deep well of love for God.
  • I want to marry a man who is less worried about the carnal and more concerned with the spiritual.
  • I want to marry a man who walks with God every single day of his life, like Enoch, and whose primary goal is to ensure me and our children are walking with the Lord every single day.

I hope that by sharing this, everyone will be encouraged to talk to God about exactly what they need in a Christian husband or wife.

My prayer for men

Lord, I pray that you heal a generation of men from brokenness, confusion, sin and every tool that the enemy uses to break and bind them. I pray that they will turn their eyes to you so that they can effectively lead their families. I pray that you give them insight into what it means to be a man of God. I pray that you give them the desire to seek so you so that they can be the head of their households and raise their children. Lord, heal and deliver and show them what it means to be husbands and fathers. In your name, Amen.

Sincerely,

Brittany