Dear Lord,

Sometimes Father’s Day seems like a made-up day to sell cards, ties and golf balls. And sometimes it’s a day of great pain – for fathers, sons and daughters.

Yet this day is so important because it is a reminder that being a father is a holy calling that is an honor, a privilege and the most important job a man will ever have.

So I pray today for fathers and those who father everywhere. May they understand the awesome responsibility You have given them. And may they also come to know just how needed they are. Let them lean on Your grace. Allow them to be healed of all pain, hurt and selfishness. Enable them to love and then love again and then love yet again. Help them teach faith, courage, humility, compassion, integrity and tenderness to their children, their children’s children and all who have no fathers.

I pray this in the strong name of Jesus.