Lord,

I must confess that sometimes Father’s Day seems like a made-up day to sell cards, ties, golf balls and lawn mowers. And yet, this is an important day to celebrate fathers. To lift up the difference they make. Thank or remember our own fathers. Affirm that being a father is far more a holy calling than a biological reality. And reflect on how being a father is an honor, privilege and single most important job a man will ever have.

I pray today for fathers everywhere. Help them know how needed they are. Embrace the awesome responsibility You have given them. Lean on Your grace. Be healed of all pain, hurt and selfishness. Be able to love with abandon, and then love again and love yet again. And model faith, courage, humility, compassion, integrity and tenderness – to their children, their children’s children and all children who have no fathers.

I pray this in the strong name of Jesus.

Amen.