Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali
Lord almighty, I come to You today through the Name of Your Son Jesus to praise You for the gift of my earthly father (if deceased, for the memory of him). Thank you for the leadership, courage and protection that my earthly father provides. For I appreciate the opportunity I have today to specifically celebrate my father and recognize him for all the work he has put into my life. I praise you that there are fathers all across the country leading their families according to Your Word. Thank you for enabling these men to live a life honoring to You.
I realize that although Your creation of fathers was perfect in nature, sin has entered and corrupted that perfection. Because of this corruption, many have been left with long-lasting scars and pains from their earthly fathers. Direct those who have had an unpleasant relationship with their father or never knew him, with Your help, to forgive him and cast all their past hurts unto Jesus. 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
Thank you that no matter how much our earthly fathers may have failed us, You will never fail. Your Word tells in Psalm 27:10 “When my father and mother forsake me, then the LORD will take care of me.” You will always be there, arms wide open, ready to receive me, and that is a promise no one can take away.
I ask that You would teach fathers and future fathers to rely on You for wisdom and strength to lead and instruct their families. Show them how to model their lives and shape their influence to better reflect the example You have given in Your Word.
It is in the perfect Name of Jesus that I pray, Amen.