Praying Abundant Blessings Upon Fathers: A Father’s Day Prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10).
“Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise! For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In His hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!” (Psalm 95:1-6).
Lord God, on this special day of celebration for fathers, we first thank You for the family. In Your wisdom, You ordered the fabric of society to be knit together in the closely woven unity of the family. We thank You for our families and their bind of unconditional love and acceptance.
Father, extend grace to all families of the earth, whether functional, dysfunctional, or broken. We all need Your grace. Send a work of the Holy Spirit to overcome and defeat the sinister forces that continue to severely attack the family unit and its pivotal role as the basic structure in our society and nation.
Thank You in advance for all the wonderful things You will do to preserve our families and deliver us from evil. For You created the family, therefore, it is good. Give us supernatural censorship to block the sinister “narratives” that are contrary to Your higher thoughts and ways (Isaiah 55:9).
Within the divinely ordained interlink of the family, You have blessed us with fathers. Thank You Lord God for our fathers. We ask You to bless each and every one with comfort, peace, joy, and an overwhelming sense of Your Presence and power.
Perhaps no other divinely ordained role has been under such intense satanic attack as “father.” In Your great mercy, show mercy and grace to all fathers in these turbulent times. Send forth Your Spirit so that they may shout with the Psalmist: “This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him” (Psalm 91:2). Almighty God, You will rescue fathers from every trap and protect them from deadly disease. You will cover them with Your feathers. You will shelter them with Your wings. Your faithful promises will be their armor and protection (Psalm 91:3-4). Praise You, Lord God!
Holy Lord, we lift up thanks and make intercession for all fathers everywhere. We rest in the assurance that You are omniscient and aware of all situations and all persons involved. You know all wounds that need healing and relationships that need reconciling. You know all forgiveness that needs to be given and unspoken words that need to be spoken. You know all sacrifices that need to be acknowledged and grace that needs to be extended. Lord God, there is such great need, but You are so much greater!
Even as there is great need, there are also many great blessings. Therefore, we thank You for loving and nurturing fathers, those who are patient and kind, wise and godly.
We thank You for strong fathers. Fathers who stand up for themselves, for their family, for others. Fathers who are proud to be men. Fathers who do not apologize for being a man. Fathers who don’t have time to worry about what other people think about them, for You have commanded us all, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” (Romans 12:2).
Lord, we ask You to reassure weak fathers. Only You know the heart of a person, their intentions and motivations. Your Word is replete with complete 180’s! Grant supernatural strength—mental, emotional, physical, spiritual—to those whom the circumstances of life have left damaged or depleted. With You all things are possible (Matthew19:26), therefore we cry “let the weak be strong!”
Lord, for those who are perplexed by the evil forces working in society and culture, bestow on them a supernatural clarity of their role as a father and role model for their children. Let them understand the importance of loving their children, even as You love them. Give them eyes to see the sinister forces attacking families and fathers from every angle. Help them to resist it, so it will flee from them (James 4:7).
In all situations, help fathers to be men, to be real men. Give them the knowledge of the importance of this for raising both sons and daughters.
Lord God, being a parent can be a difficult and perplexing task. Provide our fathers with godly wisdom and guidance, patience and understanding, as they train their children to be well-adjusted and successful adults in an increasingly hostile world.
Lord Jesus, You have already defeated evil once and for all. Yet in this interim time we still must deal with it. You have all authority over heaven and earth, so we ask You to impede, thwart, hinder, and obstruct the evil around us. Help us to wield Your Word and our prayers to fend off the attacks. As satan carries out his heinous attack on fathers, and by default, weakening children before they even have a chance to mature, help us to be prepared by always putting on the whole armor of God. That we may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil (Ephesian 6:11).
Father God, we know that prayer works! And through faith in You, we can fight back against the evil one and his minions. Give us boldness and confidence to share the Name of Jesus. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may more and more people come to know and receive the salvation of Jesus Christ!
Praise You Father for You are a wonderful Father! Thank You for sending Your Son to die for us. Thank You for Jesus’ resurrection and our blessed hope of glory.
Bless our fathers and help them to be the men that You made them to be. Help them to perform the role You assigned to them since the time of Adam—to protect, guard, and love their families. Open their eyes to see clearly the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night to follow Your leading.
Bless each family’s journey together through this wilderness to the Promised land.
We ask for these things in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
This quote from Aristotle, often attributed to Francis Xavier, refers to how important early childhood influences are in the development of character.