I know for myself, there are few things I love more than praying with my kids. Before going to bed each night, my kids take turns praying and every so often my oldest son, Hudson, will randomly pray for me.
“Pray that dad would know we love him.”
“Pray that dad would know he’s special.”
“Pray that dad would have a fun day tomorrow!”
“Pray that Jesus would be with dad.”
I’m always amazed by how powerful his simple prayers can be.
Father’s Day is coming up.
If the dad in your life is a rookie or seasoned vet, find time to pray for him.
Lord knows, dads need all the prayers we can get!
Here are a few specific ways we can pray for our dads:
Pray for your dad to feel loved, respected, and honored.
Pray that on a daily basis he’d sense God’s encouragement and love in his life. Going one step further, we need to actually encourage our dad personally! Just like moms, it’s so easy to take our dads for granted. Is your dad awesome? Is he always there when you need him? If yes, does he know that you feel this way? Even if he’s not perfect, have you told him he’s pretty great? Some dads try to act all tough, like they don’t need words of encouragement, but they do! One of the oldest commands in the Bible is to honor our dads (Ex 20:12). Tell your dad that you’re thankful for him. That you’re proud of him. That you admire him. That you love him. And do it often (especially on Father’s Day!)
Pray for your dad’s shortcomings.
It can be a hard thing to come to terms with… but your dad is not perfect! He’s probably going to let you down at some point. If he hasn’t, he will. No matter the situation, it’s always important to remember that he’s human just like you are. He make mistakes. He has flaws. Despite his best efforts, he needs your grace. Pray for him, but also pray for your own feelings towards him. Maybe you need to extend your dad forgiveness this Father’s Day. Do both of yourselves a favor and love your dad for who he is – flaws and all.
Pray your dad’s walk with Jesus and his family would take priority over his career.
One of the greatest struggles men wrestle with is the work-life balance. I know because I struggle with this myself. The temptation to “gain the whole world and forfeit your soul” is for-real. Pray that your dad would fall more in love with Jesus. That yes, he would be a great banker, teacher, or mechanic but also that he’d be “successful” in his relationships with his wife, kids, family, friends, and his walk with the Lord before anything else.
Pray for fruit in your dad’s life.
In Galatians 6, we’re told about the “fruits of the Spirit”. Basically when God is present in our life, we’re told that things like love, joy, peace, and so on will begin to show up within our lives. I can’t speak for all guys/dads, but three of the “fruits” that I know I need more of in my life are: gentleness, faithfulness, & self-control.
Gentleness – Pray that your dad would be a gentle giant. That his life would reflect our gentle Heavenly Father. That he would be slow to anger and have patience with others… especially his family.
Faithfulness – That he’d be faithful. If he’s married (or in a relationship) that he’d be faithful in his marriage. But also that he’d be faithful and consistent in his life as a whole. That his ‘yes’ would always be ‘yes.’ That everything he says, he’d follow through with.
Self-control – That he would have self-control when it comes to his private life, but also when it comes to his words. That he would have freedom and would run from temptation. That he’d live a life of integrity.
This Father’s Day maybe you were planning on getting your dad a grill, fishing rod, or an ugly tie. Go ahead and do that. But also find the time to pray for him. Speaking from experience, there are few things better.
For Father’s Day, were you planning to buy dad a gift? Do that & find time to pray for him.
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