Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali
Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for my father and grandfather (and if deceased, for the memory of them). They have done many things for me, and their influence has shaped my life in many ways that I have taken for granted. The most important and critical was to prepare me to desire a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who has reserved for me an eternal home in Heaven and direction for my life now. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.“
I realize that not everyone reading this prayer has had a good relationship with their father. For anyone in this situation, encourage them to keep in mind that You as their Father in Heaven have always and will always care for them as Your child. Your love is unconditional and infinite. In Your Word (the Bible), You tell us that You want to have a close relationship with all of us. In fact, You thought so much of us that You gave Your only begotten Son to die on the cross so that we can have that relationship with You. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.“
For every father and grandfather who has this personal relationship with Jesus, You have promised to give the best of Your spiritual blessings. Regardless of our background, teach us as fathers and grandfathers to trust completely in You for Godly wisdom and spiritual guidance to lead and direct our precious loved ones. Remind us always of Your instruction in Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.“
In Jesus’ Name, thank you for Your direction. Amen.