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Prayers For Dads From Dads

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June 13, 2022

This Father’s Day, we want to celebrate every kind of fatherly figure. The dads on staff at BRIGHT-FM have written a few prayers to lift up fathers everywhere, no matter their situation.

We pray that God uses these prayers to touch and strengthen you or a dad you know this Father’s Day.

Prayer for the father of boys:
Dear Heavenly Father, I just want to start out by saying how awesome You are. You’ve graciously given me a wonderful life with amazing children and for that, I will be forever grateful. I pray for wisdom to raise my children to love You more than they’ll love anything or anyone in this world. Please let them grow up to be men of God who identify themselves in You alone. Thank You for Your love and grace but more importantly, thank You for Jesus. Amen. 

Prayer for the father of girls:
God, thank You. You’ve given me someone I don’t deserve, a person I sometimes don’t understand, and a gift I definitely don’t take for granted. Thank You for my daughter. I feel the weight of raising her well and giving her an example of Your understanding and Your love. It all makes me a little nervous, but thank You for your help. We’re both dads. I’m glad you get what I’m saying. Please let me, and every Girl Dad, represent You well. As she grows, guard her heart, encourage her mind, and help me reinforce her identity in You. May she know and feel and live out her value, always realizing it begins with you, her Creator. Please let Whose daughter she is, bring about who she is. She matters because she’s Yours. Remind her that loudly when the other voices come. Thank You for the chance to teach her, support her, and hold her. And when the day comes to place her hand in someone else’s, help me to have worked myself out of a job. I’m so glad You gave her. And have got her. And me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer for the single father:
Father God, I pray You bless single fathers with wisdom, strength, and courage as we raise children in the unforeseen circumstances, experiences, and challenges of this world. Reveal Your power within these phenomenal men as they raise children according to Your will and purpose for their lives. Help us place all cares, dreams, anxieties, and fears in Your hands as we grow into a deeper relationship with You. I ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen

Prayer for the working dad:
Father God, You are such an amazing Father. Today, along with everyday, thank You for being the perfect example of a perfect Father. You love us even when we mess up, You reach Your hand out to us even when we try to do things on our own, and You pick us up when we fall. Father, this special day, I pray for all of the busy working Dads. Father, remind them of why they do what they are doing, and also remind them that it’s all for Your glory. Father, may these special men be reminded that You are enough for them and that Your grace is more than enough. Give these men peace, strength, and encouragement each day and may they dig into Your Word each day so that when their families, their children, their co-workers, their neighbors, their enemies see them…they would see You, Father. We love you, God.

Prayer for the struggling father:
Dear Heavenly Father, for the dad who has made mistakes and holds on to You as best as he can but feels inadequate, powerless, and on an island by himself, I pray that You will send him support and encouragement. I pray that he lays his life before You, that this surrender would be met with joy, and that his children and family would love him not because of what he does, but for who he is – in all the insecurities and weaknesses that he strives so hard to hide. Soften his heart, and please give him the experience of being loved by those he loves. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for the stepfather:
God, Thank You for the amazing grace that gives fresh starts, the love that heals, and the gift of Your glorious presence to guide and encourage us. You work all things together for good for those who love You, so help us stepfathers to always bring good to this precious family entrusted to us. Give us BIG, soft hearts full of love – the relentless, resilient love that is not easily offended and the love that just keeps showing up. Help us to bring our needs to You, not to our kids, so that we can love them freely, joyfully, and be a blessing to them.  Let us always honor You in this beautiful tapestry of family that You’ve woven together. Thank You for inviting me to be a redemptive part of a story that You are still writing. Amen.

Prayer for the grandfather:
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the words of Scripture, “Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged” (Proverbs 17:6). We are so grateful for grandchildren. Please bless all us grandfathers with strength, peace, and wisdom. Guide our words and actions, so our grandchildren might give glory to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Prayer for the father with an empty nest:
Father, You encouraged us by referring to our “children as arrows in our family quiver” (Psalm 127:4) and we rejoiced taking it to heart. We cared for our little arrows, working hard to make sure they would grow up straight and true, able to reach the goals You set for them in life as a testimony to Your loving provision (and for ours as well). But all the while we put off the realization that those arrows would never reach those goals without our having to load them to the bow and let them fly, sending them away…on purpose. Father, please fill the void in our home with Your presence and find for us a new life of service that will honor You and help others to fly to their place in Your plan for them in this life and the life to come. In the name of Your Son Jesus who You sent away…on purpose…for us. Amen.

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