Our Heavenly Father,
Today is a day we set aside to honour and show respect to our earthly fathers. It’s a day that we press pause on and look at the men in our lives, and say ‘thank you God.’
Thank you God for our fathers. Thank you for the dads that are young and full of energy and spirit. Thank you for the old dads that have wisdom and experience to pass on. Thank you for grandpas, grandfathers, grandpapies, and papas. Thank you for great grandfathers, and even great great grandfathers. Thank you for the legacy of men that have risen up and taken the role of “father” seriously and lived to see the fruit of their labour, the fruit of their choices.
Lord, we thank you for our fathers. Those of us that still have our fathers here, with us, we thank you that we have that encourager, that educator, that builder of our faith, that strong male example in our lives. Thank you God for the fathers that are present, here, not gone off somewhere, leaving their families and responsibilities. Thank you for their integrity, their dedication, their obedience.
We also thank you for those dads that aren’t here. Though they may not be with us today, as dust returned to dust, we remember them still, and love them. Thank you God that we can hold onto those memories of our fathers, the great men that were and are no more. On days like today, Father, give us peace. Not that the sorrow goes away, but when we do cry, when we do weep as we miss them, God, may your Spirit be there with us.
While many of us spend this day being thankful, not all of us know our dad. Some of us are fatherless, and without that male role model. To those, God, I pray a softening of their hearts. That there would be no anger, no hatred, no violence towards these men in their hearts. Yes, it is hard to be without a dad. It is unfair to leave someone without a dad, but you have not left these little children. You have no abandon them.
So, Father, I ask that you would speak to the heart of the fatherless. Speak your gentle truth, that you love them like a dad. That you are not leaving or abandoning them. That you are proud of them. That they are loved, much more than they know. That you are the one that they can look to and call “Daddy.”
Lord, whatever the situation, whatever the circumstance, we ask that you would bless our earthly fathers. I ask that you would embolden them with strength of heart, that they would carry out your will with conviction, and teach it to their children. I ask that you would encourage them with courage to love, because there is no other way in which our world will be changed. I ask that you would speak to each father, each dad, and they would be uplifted. Being a father is not easy, God, help these men to be living, breathing examples of Jesus.
In the holy name of Jesus,
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