By Minister Brian Holland

Men of faith must pray in faith. If you say that you have faith then you must put that faith into action when you pray. The Bible says in Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” To me the word believe in the scripture is the same as hope, and hope is nothing more than expectation. I truly believe that many people do not get their prayers answered because they don’t expect one.. So if this is the case, why even bother praying at all. If you are going to pray, you might as well pray with expectation; pray with hope, and pray with the belief that God will answer your prayers because that is exactly what he said He would do. .

So what should men pray for that will bring changes to their families, people around them, and society. The first thing that men should pray for is focus. Men need to pray that God will keep them focused. With all of the distractions in the world from the music to movies, to reality TV to social media, and our hand held devices we need to stay focused. We can be distracted so easily and get off track with a blink of the eye. We must pray that God will keep us focused. We must stay focused on God. We must stay focused on guiding our families. And we must stay focused on reaching our goals.

The second thing you should pray for is fitness. This is an area that men, especially black men need to pray about. We have to be proactive with our health. I am trying to understand why men don't go to the doctor. Are they afraid? Do they think that the issue will go away on its own? Do they feel that their less of a man if they don't tough it out and go the the doctor? That is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard of. We have to pray about our fitness. We have to go to the doctor. We have to eat healthier meals. We have to exercise. I truly believe that if we pray about our fitness God will give us direction in this area of our lives.

The third thing you should pray for is finances. WE HAVE TO PRAY OVER OUR FINANCES! This does not mean that we just pray for God to bless us with more money. Now don’t get me wrong, God is more than able to give us more money, but most of us have trouble managing the little bit of money we have now. Why in the world would he give us more. So pray that God will help you manage your money better. This begins by giving back to God what is his. Yes, I am talking about your tithe and your offering. If you do this first I guarantee that he will take care of you. So you pay God first. Then you pay yourself. You have to put money aside for a rainy day. You have to have a retirement plan. You have to invest some of your earnings. As well as putting something aside for your family. Then you need to pay your bills. As a man of God you should be paying your bills. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. You have to pray that God will help you manage your finances.

Jesus is the Reason!

When you pray that God will keep you focused, control your fitness, and manage your finances this will have a dramatic effect on your family, the people around you, and society. Remember what the Pail said in 1 Thessalonians 5:17(KJV), pray without ceasing. We are to be in constant communication with God! Be Blessed!