The Provider, protector, the leader. The role of a father is so important in the home of any family, for both the mother and the children. Fathering a family doesn’t come easy, even more so now with less and less fathers in the home, with added financial pressures and expectations, and a topsy-turvy world view of what a father is and is not.
Thankfully the relationship between God and His children (us) gives us great hope for the future, as it not only provides a great example of what a Father/child relationship is supposed to look like, but God also provides the power through His Spirit to enable dads to become the role-models to their children that they need to be. Although we have a very high percentage of broken families and absent fathers in our society, (and many mothers do an excellent job raising children on their own), we need not give up hope for the future of our nations homes because God is able to restore the family unit- restoration is His business after all! Fathers day reminds us that although many families make-do without a dad in the home, that the ideal for any family is to have two parents in a flourishing relationship guiding their children in the ways of God. We need to pray for Fathers!
Fathers day is a challenging day in many aspects, it brings attention to the great chasm between how things should be and how things are. It is a challenge to younger men to think about their future, what kind of dad they are going to be? But it is also a great challenge to young women, what kind of guy do I want to have raising my children?
Today we take time out to honour the men who chose to stick around, to the Fathers who work their fingers to the bone for their childrens best interests, to the guys who take the time to love their children and take time to teach them all important life lessons about God, love, family, work and such things. We also honour the guys who stepped in and stepped up where the biological father did not, and the spiritual fathers who may not even have biological children of their own, but give of their lives to mentor younger crew. We also honour the mums who took up the huge responsibility of raising children where a father was absent, and we pray that God will continue to do as He always has and be a “father to the fatherless” (Psalm 68:5).
Above all, today we honour God, the perfect Father. How blessed we are that God choses to adopt us as His children, despite the fact that we can be rebellious, stubborn, pig-headed children. How great the Fathers love for us is! Happy Fathers Day!
Prayer (Matthew 6)
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.