Resources

Here is a list of what hopefully are some useful resources…

Books:

Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt

The Resolution for Men by Stephen & Alex Kendrick

War Room – A Combat Guide to Spirit-Led Men’s Ministry by Evan Dawson

Prayers for a Strong & Loving Marriage (by Riette Woods):

Husband’s Prayer:  Faithful Father, help me to love ______ sacrificially, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her.  May I never be harsh toward my wife but instead honor and cherish her.  I recognize that I am not independent of y wife, so help me to understand her needs, to draw on her wisdom and strength, and to treat her with tenderness and humility as my partner in Your blessings.  Let me display an unselfish spirit at all times.  (Eph. 5:25-33; Col. 3:19; 1 Cor. 11:11; 1 Pet. 3:7; Phil. 2:3-4)

Protection.  Lord Jesus.  You desire our marriage to last a lifetime.  Protect, preserve, and sustain it.  Do not allow sin, the enemy, circumstances, difficulties, or other people to seperate what You have joined together.  (Mal. 2:13-16; Mt. 19:3-9)

Unity.  Knit our hearst together in complete unity.  Teach us how to address things that hinder our relationship, and help us work through our differences with compassion and gentleness.  Enable us to rejoice in a nd encourage each other’s stengths and gifts, and empower us through Your Spirit to overcoem individual weaknesses and sins.  (Eph. 5:; Col. :; 1 Cor. :4-27; Gal 5:16

Love.  Father, let us always treat each other with the utmost respect.  Help us speak the truth in love by honestly and openly sharing our thoughts and feelings with each other.  Cause us to be kind and compassionate to each other, forgiving one another, just as You have forgiven us.  Deliver us from jealousy, pride, rudeness, selfishness, and thoughtlessness.  Grans us a love that always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.  May our love for each other never fail.  (Eph. 4:15, 32; 1 Cor. 13:4-8)

Physical Intimacy.  Kindle the passion between us, God.  Give us a hunger for each other, and let us be satisfied with one another.  Keep our union pure and holy in every way.  (S. of S. 7:10; Prov. 5:15-19; Heb 13:4; 1 Pet. 1:15-16)

Wholeness.  Father, You heal the brokenearted and bind up their wounds.  Heal the emothional wounds that threaten to create strife in our marriage.  Make us sensitive to each other’s needs, and enable us to minister to one another in areas of hurt.  Burden us to pray for each other, Lord.  (Ps. 147:3; Jas. 5:16)

Intimacy With God.  Father, draw us closer to You in gentle cords of love.  Give us hearst to seek and serve You all the days of our lives.  (Hos. 11:4; Ps. 27:4)

Guidance.  Your Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.  Guide us into all thuth and teach us to obey Your Word.  Help us build our lives and marriage on Your truth so that we will stand perect and coplete in Your will for us.  (Ps. 119:105, 25:5; Mt. 7:24-25; Col. 4:12)

Finances.  Thank Yoyu, Father, that You know exactly what we need before we ask.  We depend on You to provide our material needs.  Train us to be content in whater shate we ar in, and make us good stewards of what You have entrusted to us.  When we encounter financial difficulties, unite us through love and acceptance.  (Mt. 6:8, 25-33; Phil 4:11-13; 1 Tim. 6:6-8; Lk. 19:11-24)

Parenting.  Lord, help us to bring up our children in Your training and instruction.  Give us one mind as we discipline them, and teach s to do so in Your righteousness, justice, mercy, and truth.  Grant us wisdom regarding their needs, and help us to guide them with godly counsel.  May we inspire our children to honor us as thire parents so that they will have long and blessed lives.  (Eph 6:1-4; Prov. 13:24; Ps 89:14)

Faithfulness.  Thank You, Father, for pouring out Your blessings on our marriage.  May our union reflect Your covenantal faithfulness as we strive to relate to one another in ways that glorify You.  (Dt. 7:9; Heb. 8:7-10; 1 Cor. 10:31)

Biblical Virtues to pray for your kids (by Bob Hostetler):

1. Salvation. “Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in christ Jesus, with eternal glory” (Is. 45:8, 2 Tim 2:10)

2. Growth in grace.  “I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”  (2 Pet 3:18)

3. Love.  “Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them”   (Gal 5:25, Ehp 5:2)

4. Honesty and inegrity.   “May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection”  (Ps 25:21)

5. Self Control.  “Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do”  (1 Thess 5:6)

6. Love for God’s Word.  “May my children grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the com”  (Ps 19:10)

7. Justice.  “God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do”  (Ps 11:7, Mic 6:8)

8. Mercy  “May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful”  (Lk 6:36)

9. Respect (for self, others, authority).  “Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as your Word commands”  (1 Pet 2:17)

10. Biblical self-esteem.  “Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus”  (Eph 2:10)

11. Faithfulness.   “Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts”  (Prov 3:3)

12.  Courage.  “May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions”  (Dt 31:6)

13. Purity.  “Create in them a pure heart, O god, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions”  (Ps 51:10)

14. Kindness.  “Lord, may my children always try to behind to each other and to everyone else”  (1 Thess 5:15)

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