Prayer for the Men’s Retreat

Our Father in Heaven… 

  • We need to remember that our primary identity is that we are your beloved sons. Remind us this weekend that we are loved by You. Thank you for your grace that has made us your sons.
  • Teach us to submit to your headship in new ways this weekend. You are the wisest, most powerful and most good Father in all the universe. Forgive us for trying to do things on our own when you have made us to live in relationship with you. Humble us under your mighty, gracious hand.
  • Thank you, Father, that you have brought us into a family that is bound not by our blood but by the blood of Jesus. We are in him and he is in us. It’s dishonoring to you when we are divided with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Please use this retreat to reconcile any broken relationships build our love for one another.
  • You are over all things. This retreat will not be effective without your empowering and guiding, so we are desperate for you. Help us to pray according to your will for your glory.

…hallowed be your name.

  • We don’t want to dishonor your name ever, but we confess that we often do. On this retreat, we pray that your name would be honored in all our conversations even as we laugh and enjoy time with each other.
  • We pray that God’s glory would be what motivates Noah as he addresses the men.
  • We pray that our eyes would be opened wider to see you as the Holy God that you are.
  • We pray that we would know you more and revel in your goodness.

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

  • Let our fellowship reflect that glorious fellowship we will have in the new earth. We pray that the way we relate to one another would be a witness to those among us who do not know your love.
  • We long for you to be the functional Lord in every area of our lives: home, work, personal, free time. Use this retreat to establish your kingdom in the farthest reaches of our hearts and our schedules
  • Use this retreat to spur us on to seek your kingdom above all things, trusting that you will provide all we need.
  • We pray that people who do not know you as Lord, would gladly submit to your reign in their lives by turning from their sins and trusting in Jesus.

Give us this day our daily bread…

  • Please provide for all the details of this weekend.
  • Thank you for the work of Scott, Noah and others who have planned and prepared for
    this retreat. Though we have a plan for how we will be fed and where we will sleep, we want to acknowledge that it all comes from you by your grace. Help us to grow in our dependence on you this weekend.
  • You know what each one of us needs, and we pray that you, like the good Father you are, would not withhold a single good gift from your children. 

…and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. 

  • As we’ve been learning recently about the destructive nature of sin, we pray that you would use the space and conversations this weekend to convict us of our sins.
  • Make space for confession to you and to one another for the ways that we have grieved you.
  • Remind us of the gift of repentance and faith, and lead us in that way again.
  • If there is division between any men in our church, any subtle hostility or anything that
    is not good, we pray that you would affect us all by your forgiveness, and lead us to forgive one another as Christ has forgiven us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

  • We are so often unaware of the reality that we do not make war in this life against flesh and blood but against spiritual powers that we cannot see. We confess our materialism and ask for spiritual eyes.
  • Please keep us safe, like sheep under the care of a good shepherd, from the many attacks of our enemy.
  • Arm us even these next few days as we prepare for the retreat. Put your Word, the sword of the Spirit, in our hands and the breastplate of righteousness on our chest so that we may stand against the arrows of the evil one.
  • We are weak but you are strong. Keep us.
Posted on: January 30, 2020 - 1:46PM

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