The Man God Uses: Men of Prayer and Faith
This Sunday I’ll be teaching a message aimed at Fathers, and as a run-up to that message I’ll be sharing some of the aspects of being a man of God – A Man God Uses.
(Ladies, don’t feel left out… all of these principles are just as relevant for you as well!)
Today our focus will be on being a man of prayer, and a man of faith.
A Man of Prayer
When the Apostle Paul was giving instruction to Timothy regarding men in the church, he said:
I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling. (1 Timothy 2:8)
And let me say this: Paul wasn’t just laying out “rules” that we are supposed to follow in order to be good christian men. Paul encouraged this because of one simple fact: When men pray, God moves!
I believe one of the most powerful things that men can do for their lives, their ministries, and especially for the families, is to begin every day in fervent prayer.
What should we be praying for?
- Our wives
- Our children
- Our calling
- Our ministry
- Our profession
- Whatever situation is going on in our lives
If you’re a man that prays daily, you already know that prayer works, because you’re seeing God move in your life and the life of your family.
If you’re not praying daily, I want to lovingly challenge you: For the next 30 days, make a decision to start each day with prayer. I guarantee that at the end of that 30 days, you’ll keep praying, because you’ll be experiencing the power of God in your life.
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice! (Psalm 141:2)
Men of Faith
What is the key to an effective prayer life (other than actually praying)? The key is to pray believing. Jesus said:
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)
Certainly there is a qualifier – God isn’t a genie that we rub and get three wishes. Our prayers need to be aligned with Christ:
“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)
That means our prayers need to be aligned with His will, His character, and His nature.
But think about it, it we’re praying for God to empower us, work through us, heal us, and impact our world, we are praying in the name of Jesus.
IF we are praying for God to strengthen our family, guide and protect our children, we are praying in the name of Jesus.
That’s why it’s important to know God’s word, because then we can pray God’s promises with faith and confidence that God will fulfill those promises!
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
We can change the world, one life at a time…