A Father’s Day Prayer

father-child-croppedToday I publicly acknowledged all the fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers who were present at our morning service at church.  They play an important role in our lives – not only for their own children, but for those whose fathers were absent in their lives, either physically, spiritually or emotionally.  It’s important that we pray for them and give thanks to God for them, and so I offered up this prayer.

Heavenly Father, we give our thanks for the fathers that are here today. Thank you for important role they all play in our families – to provide strength, stability, reliability and security in the lives of those they love and lead. Lord, we know they don’t do that perfectly. For they are fallen and weak and in need of your strength, your stability and your constancy as well as the assurance of your promises, which unlike our own, can never be broken.

Lord, we want to also acknowledge those here today whose fathers were absent from their lives – either physically or emotionally. Thank you for all those who helped fill that void – grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, pastors and other men who have provided examples of godly leadership in their lives.

Above all Lord, we want to give thanks to you for being our Father. And you are a perfect one at that.

You are always true to your Word
You always forgive us when we ask
You are always available whenever we need you
You never bear a grudge or act selfishly in any way
Your only concern is your glory and our good
How could we not love you above all else?

Thank you for adopting us through the finished work of Jesus. Thank you for freeing us from our slavery to sin and for giving us the Spirit of Sonship, a secure place in your family, and an inheritance that can never spoil or fade, kept in heaven for us. Thank you for promising to complete the work you began in us and faithfully disciplining us in love even when it is painful and hurts.

We pray these things in the name of Jesus our brother, Saviour and King.

Amen.

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