As a father of 3 beautiful children, I know what a great high calling and responsibility it is to be an earthly Father. So many days, fathers can feel inadequate even as we give our best so as we celebrate on this Father’s day, I want to encourage us to 2 directions:
First, is to make sure that we pray for the Earthly fathers in our lives, churches and spheres of influence… because oh how we need prayer. Not because every dad is doing a bad job. There are so many amazing dads in our church and lives. The need for prayer is simply because the call to fatherhood is a high calling and as humans we need God to help us in this wonderful task.
We should pray for people who are struggling with the desire to become a father or struggling to fill the role of father in the lives of other people’s children due to a difficult circumstance. Those men who have stepped in to take care of and play a fatherly role for the children who aren’t their own (stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, foster dads, etc.). We should be praying for those in a season when they are dealing with the loss of a father in their lives either through death, absence, or a strained relationship. We should pray for those that want to be fathers but for some they aren’t able to have children on their own, or their desire for foster parenting or adoption isn’t becoming a reality in their lives yet.
Spend some time today and lift up a prayer by name for the father’s that are in our lives because they all need the prayer for encouragement, strength and perseverance to lead the marriage and family as God intended.
Second, to spend time worshipping our Heavenly Father. Psalm 68:5 reminds us that God is “Father of the Fatherless”. He has adopted all of us that have placed our faith in Jesus to be his children. What a good, good Father He is towards us! Take some time to thank God for his unconditional love and acceptance of us as His children.
John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God