Father’s Day Prayer

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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Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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