I found the following prayers in a book of prayers called, Prayers with Purpose for Men. I thought the following little prayers were worth sharing.
Happy Father’s Day,
Father, help me steer my children to pursue righteousness. Help me develop their courage, endurance, and good judgment. My desire is to establish in their hearts the right choices so they will follow them despite adversity. Help me encourage them to be gallant in upholding the values that reflect your holiness. Let them understand that you’re beside them so they can overcome their fears when pursuing a noble purpose. Amen.
Father God, how my children perceive me, their earthly father, will influence how they view you, their heavenly Father. I pray I will be the proper example of you in their lives by showing affection, benevolence, and consideration. I know your love is unchangeable and filled with power and wisdom. Bless me as I strive to develop the same unchangeable love for my family. Strengthen my resolve to illustrate your devotion to those in my life. Amen.
Lord, a family friend planted fruit trees, although years would pass before anyone benefited from his action. I realize that it takes a special individual to plan for the next generation. Develop an obligation in me to pass on what I have received and add to it. Let me plant seeds in my children’s hearts. May I nourish them so they grow into honest and upright citizens who reflect their Creator. Amen.
Heavenly Father, I pray my children will understand that they can make a difference through prayer. May they recognize your power and what they can accomplish when they pray in your will. May they pray daily so that they will grow in faith and become the Christian leaders this country needs. I ask you to anoint them with wisdom and give them strength and protection. My desire is that they choose to walk in your ways all their days. Amen.
I’ve been away at Annual Conference this week and so haven’t (on purpose) posted anything. Just got back and have found some encouraging and informative things in my in-box related to fatherhood. Therefore, since tomorrow is the big day… here are some things that I think will bless you as you reflect on fatherhood. Don’t forget to thank your dad and tell him you love him!
Happy Father’s Day,
All Pro Dad at Tim Elmore’s blog.
Dads, Your Career is an Means, Not an End by Byron Yawn at Christianity.com
Are Father’s Days Events at Churches a Waste of Time? at Christian Post
Why Every Day Must be Father’s Day at Huffington Post
Remember Dad on Father’s Day at Vision Forum
Leading Your Family Well at Gospel Coalition
Fathers: Key to Their Children’s Faith by Michael Craven
Leaving a Godly Legacy at Raising Godly Children
Meaningful Men – Podcasts at Boundless
The Thrill of Dishonoring my Father by Joshua Rogers at Boundless
10 Great Songs About Dads at The Art of Manliness
The Goal of a Father at Man in the Mirror
A Man’s Guide to Father’s Day at Man in the Mirror
Ten Things to Teach Your Son about True Manhood at All Pro Dad
Three Reflections Every Dad Should Read at Focus on the Family (also check out the other recent posts on the sidebar)
The Challenge for Fathers to Be Champions at Sermon Search
Fathers, You Are Vital (see video below)
Here’s a very brief, but also very helpful, discussion on ministering to students…
Also… I am sharing a couple of things below that I’ve posted before on this same subject (about five years ago). However, the key ideas are still very much on point.
Good Doctrine Makes Better (Teenage) Saints
It’s so vital for Christian parents to work extra hard to make sure that their kids (and even the kids of the covenant in their local church family) are raised on and saturated with biblical truths.
Today was the first day of school for our kids (we educate our children at home if you’re new to the blog). Our oldest three (which even includes our four year old) each have their own Bible curriculum that I teach them and discuss with them one-on-one each day. We may not be guaranteed that our kids will turn out like Piper and Sider suggest (see below), but kids have a much better chance when their parents disciple them…whenever and wherever the opportunities present themselves.
PS – George Barna has also been reporting these same findings for several years. In fact, the quote by Sider in the article below sounds identical to an article I read by Barna a couple of years ago. That may be Sider’s source.
Here’s a snippet from Piper’s article…
Click here to read the whole article.
ALSO – From Barna.org
What is the connection between childhood faith and adult religious commitment? Parents and religious leaders are naturally interested in knowing if spiritual investment in young lives pays off in the long run.
A recent study conducted by the Barna Group provides new insights into this age-old question. The survey asked adults to think back on their upbringing and to describe the frequency of their involvement in Sunday school or religious training. The Barna researchers then compared those reported early-life behaviors with the respondents’ current levels of faith activity and faith durability.
Click here to read the whole report.