So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, "He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner." And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."—Luke 19:6-10
We are forever affected by relationships. Men desire them and want them. Such was the case with Zacchaeus. While ignored and isolated from relationships because of his much-hated occupation, this did not mean that he necessarily wanted his life to be this way. Many feel trapped by life situations and perceive there is no way out of their present circumstance. Such are homeless, culturally oppressed men or those who feel branded by the failings of their past.
But what would happen if we helped brothers see past these challenges and failings and acted in love toward them? What if we took the time to see beyond our assumptive ideas ("He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner") and the apparent issues we perceive with our human eyes?
Men are searching and looking for hope beyond their challenges, cultures, circumstances, and sin. What if today we saw men as hopeful brothers and helped them overcome the obstacles of their past? There are men we know out there in need of relationship, acceptance, and love. Remember that God's love, through you, has the power and potential to turn a man's heart from isolation to involvement that leads to benevolence, philanthropy, and generosity.
DO THIS: This week, we are focusing on the discipline of brotherhood.
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Pray: for 5-minutes, for someone you know who you know is searching for love and acceptance.
- Share: below, this man's initials (not his name). "V.L.M." or "V.M"
- Reach: out to this man in some way, and tell him you prayed for him today by text, email, or a simple phone call.
⚡Share That You Prayed For Someone In Today's Challenge
329 thoughts on “Generosity”
JA and TW
I pray for D.W. and R.T.
J (don’t know his last name)
AP and SD
RB, KS, MH, RS, and MG
Prayers for ZB
D.A.D. is who I am praying for.
CC & GC
SD, BB, MD
DS- pray that I would reach out to him by text.
CH, TH, VS
E.K., C.F., D.v.B,
B.L. and M.F
Praying for my friend DL; for more than 20 years encouraging him to see God and His love.
CC & JMRB
D. B. & G. A.
JAS. On a similar walk. He knows it, but it’s hard sometime. Pray that he would continue to trust Him.
SS & DS & BB
JF & SB
CW , BS
B.B. and J.H.
MR….spoke on the phone for one hour!!!
Shawn as he searches
Prayed for the men in my family. I know we have all had our moments that we have never talked about. But I prayed they feel the love of Christ, and know that today is a new day!
Here I think of the hymn, “Redeemed How I Love to Proclaim It.”
Confession, Repentance, Forgiveness, Restoration, leads to a generous heart within a man.
Praying for JT
Praying for LV n his life
EG and RS and PR
TJH & AAK
BV! A very good friend of mine and a guy I’ve known for over 20 years! I pray for his peace, health, joy and company in this time we are going through. I also pray that he turns to the Lord.
Share the Grace of GOD, that he abundantly gives us
A.F. Andy is a guy I work with that is struggling right now he just took a voluntary layoff
S & B, who are lost.
JN & GH –
Lord, today I pray for Mark & Mattingly that they will increasingly sense your presence and direction in their lives. I pray as well for Joel that you will give him a mission & purpose in his life. Thank you that even in the crisis of the moment, you provide relief from the stress of work. Lord give direction. Draw heart to Michael as he battles the virus. Restore he and his wife to complete health quickly. In the power of Jesus name.
Praying for J
Praying for JA and ZS today. They are well on their path to standing close with God, I pray today is another step closer.
We need to encourage each other and lift up each other. We all have somethings we need to overcome.
To seek and save the lost.
From Lost Boys to Kingdom Men.
D.M – a co-worker that is going through some medical problems.
BM…I will continue to pray for you. You are known and accepted by the Lord
JF – A great friend for many years who lives alone and doesn’t have many healthy relationships.
I can’t really think of a person, so I will pray to God that He will open my eyes.
Praying for DS
RB. Also all of my God Buddies!
We need our brothers in Christ. I need my brothers in Christ.
I’ll be calling RW today, an old friend and brother the Lord has put on my heart.
My brother in law Steve.
I also will be talking to my high school friend Mike today. A good opportunity to let him know too that God and I love and accept him.
SM and RM. God put these guys in my life for a purpose, Pray for them.
My older brother, “Kevin”.
C M, R G, A N, J D, L J T T, Father my prayer is that you would invade these brothers space and that they would bow their heads and accept you as Lord of their lives in Jesus mighty name Amen.
The Lord put David Marin on my heart to reach out to today. I just sent him a text.
J. F. – he’s a buddy of mine who has been through roller coasters of being up then down. Yesterday I received a test from him saying thank you. I pray for this journey and Love him.
I lifted my brother J.R. Up to the Lord to experience God’s Love today.
I confess that I feel branded by the failings of my past. I confess that I’m looking for hope beyond my challenges.
Please pray that I may find a way out of my present situations. It feels like there is no way out! Take care brothers.
I pray every day for my son’s PML and DJL that they are safe and “healthy” and make themselves free of addiction.
Praying for J today, for love and acceptance.
Dave S C – Prayed for AC
Very good. Stay encouraged and be encouraging.
Hard one for me…prayed for a few people I know need the Lord.
Conduit of God’s love and acceptance.
Praying for my good buddy B.M.
He’s a great man of god and just getting better!
I can’t hold a person’s past against them because I don’t live in the past but the present. I can help you, love you, befriend you today because today is the only day I have. Plus the scriptures states “such were some of you”. Thank The Lord for his mercy and Grace.
Lord, I pray that my brother would be receptive to your love, your grace, your reality. And that he would know the source of all love, whether from me or others, comes from you, O’ God.
There are allot of us out here that are praying for you. We hope you are well and not incarcerated and that you desire too and want to find your way back to God. Know that you are loved and that you will always be my brother.
AA has put me in this circumstance often yet I allow my judgement of others worthiness influence me.
I want to thank my brothers who have accepted me and showed me love. We all need each other
UY. God loves and accepts you and so do I.
My brother in law Greg
I am praying for my family but also for GT.
Praying for N today, for love and acceptance
JR…..Very close to me….I reach out now and again…but no response. I will continue, no, I will up my communication with him whether he acknowledges or not…because I love him…. he is family.
Praying for FT
Brian, I am praying now.
You are being prayed for as well as DJH
I’m praying for B.B. this morning. Reading about Zacchaeus in the tree reminds me of when we would put our kids up on our shoulders when they were young so they could see over the crowd. Lord, use me as a sycamore-fig tree to lift other men up and let it start today!
I like this illustration DB
As men we need to be the mom leaders and show the way we care and love our brothers in Christ no matter who they are or where they have come from. Jesus does that to all of us.
The man God put on my heart is JH. I have prayed for him and plan to call him later today.
KD, SD, YY, TC & TE
C.G and A.H.
I don’t know who to pray for, so my prayer is for my “bubble” to expand
We should all be able to relate to the story of Zacheus. Jesus Christ has visited all of us and comes to save . Great reminder in this time of cleansing to be generous and overcome greed. God bless you beyond your wildest imaginations this day.
That seems like most men I know, some are just more obvious than others. I know I am one of those men. JJ, CA, ND.
Brother Nick – I pray that God will bring into your life friends that will surround you with there love and come along side you and lift you up and encourage you – bless you – in Jesus name.
PC-my son & Brothers JR;MC;TO….
Lord Jesus, fill them, to overflowing, with Your Love….
Yes Lord—fill them.
B W I am spending the day with him today.
Pray for B.B.