2021 Father’s Day Prayer of Honor and Respect

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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 22:6Train 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 3:16For 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.

Prayer About the Spirit of Honor

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Heavenly Father, I come to You through the Name of Jesus my Savior to bring You praise and honor. You are worthy of all the praise I have, and deserve nothing less. Psalm 150:6aLet everything that has breath praise the LORD.

One of the ways You want me to show honor to You is by honoring and respecting those You have put in authority over me (church, family, police, government, etc.). Romans 13:1-2aLet every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God.

You have put many verses in Your Word (the Bible) about how I am to respect the authority of people over me and that it is for my own good. Even if I do not necessarily like or agree with the person, I still need to honor the office the person holds. Therefore, I ask that You direct me to have a spirit of honor and respect for all those who are in authority over me.

Let my love for You overcome my negative feelings toward any kind of authority. Instead, encourage me to pray for them to be the kind of leader you want them to be. Show me how to extend this respect and honor not just to those in authority, but to everyone I associate with. 1 Peter 5:5b “Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for all these instructions. Amen.