“A Father’s Day Prayer”

God of all creation, we thank you for the fathers and fatherly figures in our lives:

  • for those who raised and supported us unconditionally,
  • for those who have been the spiritual leaders of our homes,
  • for those who sacrificed their time to make sure we knew we were loved.

Bless them with Your eternal presence:

  • May they know your forgiveness and may they be able to forgive themselves when inevitably they fall short of being a “perfect” dad.
  • May they create the space needed to seek You in all of Your glory.
  • May they always be reminded that they are Your children and that You will never leave nor forsake them.

Mend their hurts and pains.  Take away their fears.  Restore their broken relationships.  Hold them gently in the palm of your hand. Draw them close to You and shower them daily with Your promises of hope and strength:

  • “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:13-14).
  • “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
  • “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
  • “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (James 4:8).
  • “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him” (Psalm 103:13).

  Happy Father’s Day,     Pastor John