As the father of a household, surely you have several responsibilities as the head of the family. You are the protector of your family members; the one who leads them. You provide for their needs and a safe and secure environment. You are also the one they can depend on. As a father, you accept those duties and responsibilities, and you fulfill them by the grace of God.
However, even if we are faithful to our duties and responsibilities as fathers, the well-being of our families does not depend on us but on God. It is never about us but, rather, about God. That is why, in the end, we come to God in prayer and pray for our family, which we cherish and love.
Father in heaven, just as I faithfully strive to fulfill my duties and responsibilities as a father with joy and delight, remind me that the well-being of my family ultimately rests on You and not on me. Therefore, I ought to depend on You day by day. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
What Can a Father Pray for His Family?
What a father can principally pray is for his family’s well-being (1 Corinthians 10:24). The kind of love that the Bible commands us to give, which includes what fathers give to their families, is an agape kind of love (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). This means a sacrificial kind of love where one person seeks the well-being of the other. The greatest example of agape love is what Jesus did for us on the cross. Christ died on the cross for us, sacrificing Himself to pay for our sins so we may receive forgiveness and eternal life (Romans 5:8). Jesus sacrificed Himself for our eternal well-being. (Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth. 1 Corinthians 10:24) (Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7) (But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8)
Since fathers love their families and seek their well-being, that is what a father should pray for. ”Well-being” is a broad term; that means there are many things a father can pray for his family. One is the physical well-being of its members. An example of praying for the physical well-being of someone is praying for their good health as well as their safety and protection from any harm or danger.
Another prayer topic is the family’s mental and emotional well-being. That is when you pray for strength for a family member currently going through stressful times at work, or perhaps it is a prayer of healing for an emotionally hurt family member. It could also be that a family member is going through a mental struggle such as a trauma that could use the intercession of the power of God.
Of course, there is also the spiritual aspect of the family’s well-being. Everything is connected to the spiritual aspect of one’s life. An example of this kind of prayer could be praying for a certain family member to see more of God’s glory and to walk in spiritual maturity.
How Can a Father Pray for His Family?
As a father, you can pray for your family by seeking their well-being in general or for certain aspects of their well-being. As you pray, you can ask yourself, What is the “good” that I can seek and pray for my family? The answer that you arrive at will be the specific things that you will want for your family and seek for them before God’s throne of grace in prayer (Hebrews 4:16).
Prayer subjects also come from what you know about what is going on in the lives of the members of your family. For example, if your son is about to apply for college admission, then surely that is something you can pray for. If your wife is currently having tough times in her ministry, that is also something you can pray for.
Heavenly Father, I pray that this family shall always be centered upon You. May we all continue to grow in spiritual maturity, grace, and knowledge of Who You are. Open our eyes to Your glories so that as a family we may behold Your beauty. I also pray that You would continue to provide for our family’s needs and protect us from all harm and danger. I pray that You would give wisdom to my son as he takes an admission test and strength and grace for my wife, who is encountering challenges in her work. Bless them, LORD. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
In 1 Peter 5:6-7, it is written that we are to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and that we are to cast our burdens on Him because He cares for us. As a father, you indeed have to be faithful in your duties and responsibilities. But in the end, you have limitations. That is why we are to humble ourselves and acknowledge that we ultimately depend on God. Therefore, we cast our cares to Him and pray to Him regarding the well-being of our families. (Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7)