One way I plan to honor my father this year on Father’s Day is in prayer, not only for him who has already received his eternal reward, but also for the other fathers in my life—my father-in-law, my son, my son-in-law and numerous friends and other loved ones.
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A terrific Father’s Day gift—and one that is routinely neglected—is prayer, whether it is written in a card, prayed over the phone or offered in private. With that in mind, here are seven great prayers for the fathers in your life:
“Lord, bless _________ and keep him; make Your face to shine upon him and be gracious to him; lift up Your countenance upon him and give him peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26, ESV)
“I pray that in all respects _______ may prosper and be in good health, just as his soul prospers.” (3 John 2, NASB).
“I pray for __________, that his love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that he may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11, ESV)
“God, according to the riches of Your glory, grant _________ to be strengthened with power through Your Spirit in his inner being, so that Christ may dwell in his heart through faith–that he, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that he may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:14-19, ESV)
“God, give ___________ Your strength to steer him,
Your power to uphold him,
Your wisdom to guide him,
Your eye for his vision,
Your ear for his hearing,
Your word for his speech,
Your hand to protect him,
Your pathway before him,
Your shield for his shelter,
Your angels to guard him
from ambush of devils,
from vice’s allurements,
from traps of the flesh,
from all who wish ill,
whether distant or close,
alone or in hosts.” (The Breastplate of St. Patrick)
“Christ be beside him,
Christ before him,
Christ behind him,
Christ within him,
Christ beneath him,
Christ above him.
Christ on his right hand,
Christ on his left,
Christ where he lies,
Christ where he sits,
Christ where he rises.
Christ in the hearts of all who think of him,
Christ in the mouths of all who speak to him,
Christ in every eye that sees him,
Christ in every ear that hears him.” (The Breastplate of St. Patrick)
“Father, thank you for _____________.
Please continue and complete your work in him,
granting that he may walk with you like Enoch,
believe you like Abraham,
obey you like Isaac,
wrestle with you like Jacob,
know your hand on his life like Joseph,
speak face-to-face with you like Moses,
win victories for you like Gideon,
speak boldly for you like Elijah,
worship you like David,
see you high and lifted up like Isaiah,
and carry Jesus’ cross like Simon of Cyrene.” (written by Bob Hostetler)
You may want to revise, amplify or add to those prayers. You may want to write one in a note or read it over the phone. You may want to offer each of these prayers, one for a different father you know.
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Whatever else you may do, find a way to offer the fathers you love the best gift of all this Father’s Day: a prayer.
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Father, thanks for letting me be a Dad. I love my son so much – he is so amazing! I am so proud of him – what an honor it is to be his father. I’m so glad You made him; I know You are, too! Thank you for him. Thank you for every second of his life, every heartbeat, every inhale and exhale.
Lord, please help him to know – and I don’t mean just head knowledge, but to really know, deep down – how incredibly special he is to me, how deeply I love him, how impressed I am with him, how valuable he is to me, how proud I am of him. Help me to show him these things everyday through my words, actions, time with him, treatment of him…
And Lord, may he know – truly know deep down – how very much You love him, how valuable he is in Your sight, what he means to Your heart, how special he is to You, and how proud of him You are. Help him to recognize these things as You are already showing them to him everyday.
And may this deep down knowledge of our love for him – mine and Yours – the love of his earthly dad and of his heavenly Father – empower him to live the fullest life possible.
- Full of confidence in his real identity.
- Full of courage to help and serve others in Your Name.
- Full of integrity to do what’s right no matter what.
- Full of peace in the midst of chaos and uncertainty.
- Full of perseverance through difficulty.
- Full of fortitude in the face of temptation.
Help me to equip him for life. Help me to equip him for eternity. Help me to engage his heart and his spirit throughout his adolescence, teenage years, young adulthood, and beyond. Please, God, prevent walls from ever coming up between us. May we always have space to talk and hear each other and trust each other, openly and completely.
God, please give him godly friends throughout his life who will always be drawing him closer to you… who will challenge him to do what’s right. And help him to be a natural leader among his peers – an example-setter – one who wields his social influence for goodness and justice and Kingdom values.
Help him to honor women all throughout his life, starting with his mom and his sisters. May he always see a superb example of this in me, and may honoring females be normal and natural to him. Please protect him from objectifying women and using them to gratify self-centered desires. And if he is to be married someday, please lead him to a Godly, secure, healthy, amazing woman like Dianna. And may he continually make her more and more beautiful each day with his faithful love until death do them part.
May his life be marked by generosity. May he give freely and abundantly as he sees need, and as You guide him. May he hold the possessions and opportunities and resources and influence that You entrust to him loosely. And may these things never possess him. No matter what, may he always have everything he needs in You.
May he always welcome those who are different. May he always treat people with sincere friendliness. May people walk away from him feeling valued and like they matter. May they experience You through him.
Let faith in You come easy for him. May choosing to trust in You be the most normal and natural choice for him. Help his mom and me to teach and train and demonstrate faithful Christ-centered living for him – to give him an excellent foundation. But then Lord, please lead him and help him to take up the reigns of his own faith and to fall in love with You for himself… to trust in you completely from his own heart. Not just relying on his parents’ relationships with You, but desiring and pursuing his own unique relationship with You.
May he grow up knowing You – not just knowing facts about You. But truly knowing You, personally, and how real and present and active You are in his life! May he grow up with his own personal stories of experiencing Your faithfulness and provision and nearness and affirmation. I don’t want him to just have a second-hand, vicarious relationship with You through us. I want his to be first-hand, real, and unshakable. And may his first-hand knowledge of Your awesomeness drive him to love You and to live his life for Your glory all the days of his life.
I am so honored to get to share life with him. It is so exciting and breath-taking to watch him grow up and develop day by day… to see what You are building into him, what You are drawing out of him, what passions and giftings You have uniquely crafted him with…
As he grows and develops, as he takes steps of faith with You, Lord, may my ceiling be his floor. May he grow to be 10 times the man I am – 100 times! May my weaknesses and blindspots not hinder him. May he break free of any generational sin habits or tendencies that I or my fore-fathers may have passed onto him. May he reach new heights of faith and service and giving and wholeness and holiness and joy. May he break through ceilings in the spiritual realm that have held back his ancestors, including me.
May he speak openly and honestly with You at all times. May he hear Your response regularly. May he know Your voice, like a sheep knows his shepherd’s voice. May he crave Your Word, and may he have the self-discipline to satisfy that craving by seeking You in it daily.
I love my son with all my heart, and I cannot thank You enough for the joy and honor of getting to be his dad. Thank You, God. Amen.
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We want to share this prayer and bible verses for Fathers Day with you!
Even if you didn’t have good memories of your earthly father growing up, remember that you have a Heavenly Father who loves you very much and you can honor Him on Fathers Day as well.
These bible verses will help for you to reflect on your earthly father and your heavenly Father.
Proverbs 20:7 Amplified Bible (AMP) “The righteous man who walks in integrity and lives life in accord with his beliefs—How blessed are his children after him .”
Proverbs 23:24 New International Version (NIV) “The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.”
Ephesians 6:4 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Romans 8:15 “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
Deuteronomy 5:16 ““Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
Hebrews 12:5-11 (NIV) “And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
Here is a prayer for the Fathers:
Abba Father, we thank you for our earthly fathers. Today we honor them so that we may have long lives in this land that you are giving us. Thank you for providing for them and for continuing to build them up in the faith. Bring peace and comfort to them. Give them joy, courage and strength. Grant grace so they may do the things that are difficult. Thank you for the love, nurturing and discipline that they give to us as we know this was for our own good. We ask that your love will continue to cover the multitude of sins and blot out the imperfections as we know they are human. May we continue to honor them beyond Fathers Day and support them. Give then health so they may have long lives. Show we how to be a better son/daughter to them and how I can encourage them so that they may walk even closer to you, in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen
You can pray the Our Father Prayer to honor your Abba Father