A Prayer for Dads on Father’s Day
Today we ask You to bless our earthly fathers
for the many times they reflected the love, strength, generosity, wisdom and mercy that You exemplify in Your relationship with us, Your children.
We honor our fathers for putting our needs above their own convenience and comfort;
for teaching us to show courage and determination in the face of adversity;
for challenging us to move beyond self-limiting boundaries;
for modeling the qualities that would turn us into responsible, principled, caring adults.
Not all our fathers lived up to these ideals.
Give them the grace to acknowledge and learn from their mistakes.
Give us the grace to extend to them the same forgiveness that you offer us all.
Help us to resist the urge to stay stuck in past bitterness,
instead, moving forward with humility and peace of heart.
We ask your blessing on those men who served
as father figures in our lives
when our biological fathers weren’t able to do so.
May the love and selflessness they showed us
be returned to them in all their relationships,
and help them to know that their influence
has changed us for the better.
Give new and future fathers the guidance they need
to raise happy and holy children,
grounded in a love for God and other people –
and remind these fathers that treating their wives
with dignity, compassion and respect is
one of the greatest gifts they can give their children.
In union with St. Joseph,
whom you entrusted with Your Son,
we ask Your generous blessings today and every day.
– Tony Rossi
Borrowed from Xavier.edu
As we remember all of the men who have fathered us through our lives, let’s also remember to prayer for them. Here are some helpful scriptures to speak over them:
The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:7
A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children, Proverbs 13:22
So be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in His ways, and keep His decrees and commands…so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go. 1 Kings 2:2-3
We will not hide them from our children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done. Psalm 78:2-4
For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting, and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into His kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4