Few things in life are more important than our relationship with our human fathers and with God our Heavenly Father. In your relationship with God and other people, you will continue to grow only if you continuously experience a deeper and fuller revelation of the Fatherhood of God.
- Take the time to often think deeply, to meditate, to reflect and pray about what it means that God is a Father, your Father and our Father.
- Talk to other believers and ask them how they understand the significance of God being our Father.
- Sometimes it is very meaningful to pray a “one word” prayer; just the word “Father” for days on end. As you spend time praying only this one word, you will experience how God, your Father, comes close to you and fills your whole being; that He is completely sufficient in all circumstances and for all your needs, including your need for intimacy, for security, care, acceptance and protection.
Father, we want to know You for who You really are..
A Scripture-based prayer on the Fatherhood of God
Eternal Father, You are our Creator, who made us and formed us. (Deut.32:6) We declare that You are our Father, our God, the Rock, our Saviour. (Ps.89:26; Isa.63:16) O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, You are the Potter; we are all the work of your hand. (Isa.64:8) That is why we declare with all the nations of the world: “We believe in God the Father, the Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Thank you for your covenant promise that You will be a Father to us, and we will be your sons and daughters. (2 Cor.6:18)
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matt.6:9-10) Your Son, Jesus Christ, revealed You to the world. (Matt.11:27) Reveal yourself to the church and to the world as the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. You are the One from whom all the good and perfect gifts come. (James 1:17)
I pray that we will all be one as You and your Son are one. (John 14:20; 17:21) Father, we want to know You for who You really are and we want to glorify You as your Son glorified You. We want to know You as the One who was from the beginning. The One who was and is and will always be. (1 John 2:13; John 17:1-4) Father, our desire is to have a personal relationship with You in the way Moses and Abraham lived face-to-face with You.
Father, we accept your discipline because we know You discipline those You love, and you punish everyone You accept as your children. We endure hardship as discipline; because we know You discipline us for our good that we may share in your holiness. We know that your discipline will produce a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (Heb.12:6-11) We want to honour You like a son honours and respects his father and a servant his master. (Mal.1:6) As your Son brought you glory on earth, we also want to bring You glory. (John 17:4)
God, in your holy dwelling, You are a father to the fatherless, and a defender of widows. (Ps.68:5) As a father has compassion on his children, so You LORD, have compassion on those who fear You; (Ps.103:13) Because we are your children, You sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” Through the Spirit You have given us, we are no longer slaves, but your children. For we did not receive a spirit that makes us slaves, but we received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Gal.4:5-7; Rom.8:15-17)
Father, we understand that because we believe we are children of Abraham and as You promised Abraham that all nations will be blessed through him, we pray that You will bless all nations through us. Your Word says that those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. (Gal.3:6-10) Father, teach us to be true worshipers who will worship You in spirit and truth, for these are the kind of worshippers You seek. (John 4:23) Your Word teaches us that the Son could do nothing by himself; he did only what he saw You, the Father, do, because whatever You did, the Son also did (John 5:19) Father, show us what You want us to do so we can do it.
Father, help me to have pity and compassion on my children
as You had pity and compassion on me.
A prayer for fathers
I kneel before You Father, from whom your whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. (Eph.3:14-15) Father, as a human father I ask that You will help me not to provoke my children; that they will become embittered and discouraged, but instead, help me to bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (Eph.6:4; Col.3:21) Father, will You reconcile the fathers and the children and turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; (Luk.1:17; Mal.4:6)
Father, as their earthly father I bless my children like Isaac and Jacob blessed their children. (Gen.27 and 49) In your Name I declare to my children: “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Num.6:23-27) Father, help me to have pity and compassion on my children as You had pity and compassion on me. (Luk.15:22-24) I pray that my children will honour their father and mother, so that they may live long in the land the LORD their God has given them. (Ex.20:12) Lord, You made husband and wife one; You had a plan with marriages, because You were seeking godly offspring. Help my wife and me to succeed in your plan for us. (Mal.2:15)
As father I confess that I have been unfaithful to my marriage vows in many ways. I confess that success, my own desires, the striving after money and glory are often the cause that I neglect my children. I confess that I often treated my wife and children in such a way that they were hurt and humiliated. I confess that I failed as father to the extent that my children often cannot experience your fullness and cannot fully understand your Fatherhood. In Jesus’ Name I ask that You will forgive me. Amen.