In the United States we celebrate Father’s Day today. Therefore we honor our fathers and our Father and we pray:
Lord God, bless every father of every child today. Come to them, surround them with Your arms of infinite, everlasting, always-forgiving, unoffendable love and whisper to them their worth to You. Touch every father –both those who can hold their children in their arms and those who cannot, those who can be physically present and those who cannot. Help them to rely on You and partner in prayer for the blessing of their children, for Your touch in their lives.
Remind them, You never intended them to be perfect – and that You love them yesterday, today and tomorrow (both as they are and hope to be). For though they are often the strength of others and pick up the burden of responsibility to carry for their households, You created them to need You. Lord God, help them to know the blessing of the insufficiency you place in each of us, so that we will come to You, the One who is sufficient for all our needs. Lord God, continue to remind these and affirm to them that You are their strength, that You have never expected perfection, but rather You look for hearts in
allegiance to You. For those fathers who have not been the fathers they had hoped, reach out with message that you forgive if they will but turn to you.
Lord God, similar to the age of knights who pledged allegiance to their lord and submitted to his orders, we are each called to pledge allegiance to You and submit to Your
orders. How blessed we are by the amazing, incredible, indescribable gift of Your Holy Spirit who speaks Your will to our hearts and leads us in the way we are to go, if we will but listen. Encourage fathers today that they can hear from You. Remind them of Your promises.
Remind them that You are the true Protector and Provider. You enable all things, all things belong to You and all things are in Your hands (in Your control). We are like privates in Your Kingdom army where You are the Sovereign, Almighty General! Release fathers everywhere into the freedom of Your ongoing forgiveness when we ask for any and all shortcomings and Your Protection and Provision for those who seek to follow
where You lead. And so where the world says fathers must lead, You as THE FATHER, tell us that we are to follow You. You carry the responsibility. We merely have faith, trust and obey. Our responsibility is hearts devoted to You and constantly seeking Your will.
And Lord God, where there have been unhealthy elements in past relationships with fathers, come as the restorer and step by step, day by day, set things to right. Come also as Jehovah Rapha the Lord, Our Healer. Come Holy Spirit and deliver the heart of the Father with His unfailing love to every person whose heart has been broken in any way advertently or inadvertently at the hand of an earthly father. Cause them to realize that only in You is there true, unconditional love for them at all times. Let the truth of the nature of Your love be balm which goes deep and heals!
Father God, how we adore You! How blessed are we, that You are! You have loved us with an everlasting love before we even know You were. We are in awe. We know we are
unworthy and yet You sent Jesus. We know we cannot find Your Way by ourselves or be as we ought, so You sent Your Holy Spirit. We bow before You in humble thanksgiving and adoration. You are the Father of all of us and we are beyond words, that You ordain us to be made in Your image and be part of Your adopted family. Father, Jesus, Spirit, truly You are the Way, the Truth and the Life. In Jesus name, Amen.
humbly written as “heard” Father’s Day, June 19, 2011 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011
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