Fathers come in all shapes and sizes, but behind the sturdy appearance lies a loving character that is ready to break down any wall to protect their children. And while we have varying relationships with our fathers, one thing remains the same: we will always have a connection with the man whom we call as Dad, Daddy, Papa, Tatay, or Itay.
As we start on this month of June that is dedicated to fathers from all walks of life, let us take a step back and reflect on our relationship with the special man who has picked us up every time we stumbled and encouraged us to continue moving forward.
Here are five heartfelt prayers for the “number one man” in your life.
Prayer of Gratitude for Your Father
Dear God, the Father of us all, I thank you for my father. Along with my mother, through the marvel of your creation, my father gave me the gift of life itself. He was such a good teacher and mentor, such a wonderful example of how to live a life of faith. Please take care of him now and be generous with him as you prepare him for the rewards of eternal life you have prepared for him. Amen
Prayer for a Father Who Has Passed Away
Father of Life, I thank you for my father. He was such a blessing to me while he was still with us. I still miss him so much. I thank you for what he left me as gifts of love and faith. I pray that he has enjoyed your embrace and that the relationship he and I have now might someday be renewed with you in heaven. Until then, I entrust him to your love and ask you to let him look out for me and to assist me to stay on the path to you. Amen
Prayer for a Father Who Was Difficult
God of Love, I come before you to pray for my father. You know how much he suffered and you alone fully know how much was wounded and broken in him. I feel so sad, and at times I feel so angry, so cheated, because I couldn’t have a good relationship with him. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life resenting my father, so I turn to you to hold him up to you. I know you are a God of mercy. Forgive him and heal him. Please let that forgivenss touch my heart as well. I want to forgive him and know the peace of letting go of those hurts – or at least the peace of not letting them continue to hurt me. I pray for him because I want what is best for him. I want him to know you and to know your love for him. One day, in your loving embrace, may all the wounds in his heart be healed. Amen
Prayer for a Father Who Faces Challenges
Most loving, God and Father, I turn to you today to thank you for my father and to ask you to be with him. He is such a wonderful man and I love him with all my heart. Thank you for the gift he has been in my life.
Right now, he is struggling so much and has so many burdens to carry. I simply ask that you protect him from the pressures he’s facing. If it is possible, relieve some of those pressures so that he can live with more peace and with so much less stress. Above all, I ask you to give him courage and hope. Let him keep it all in perspective and not lose his priorities. Let him have some fun and help him to stay close to those who love him and want to support him in all of this. Strengthen his faith in you so that he can be a living example of service, dedication, commitment and love to all the people with whom and for whom he works.
And, help me, Lord, know how to support him and love him, with your own love for him. Amen.
Prayer For a Father Who Is Separated From Your Mother
God of love and mercy, I hold my father up to you in prayer. Since the separation/divorce, it hasn’t been the same. There’s less fighting and stress, but there’s more distance. Please help us grow closer. He hasn’t always been perfect but he is my father and I want to have a role in his life, just as much as I want him to have a role in mine. If it is your will, let me be of some help to him. Free my heart from all anger and assigning blame. Just let me love and care that way I can, at this time. Heal whatever got wounded in him and allow him to grow and to thrive again, in your merciful love. Amen.
Prayers from onlineministries.creighton.edu.