Prayer For My Child's Father
Most loving God, my husband is struggling these days. I can see the changes in him and it breaks my heart. I promised to love him, "in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health." I promised to "love and honor him, all the days of my life." Help me live those promises now, Lord. I'm embarrassed that I'm sometimes impatient and I'm not always caring and kind. I'm even guilty of thinking of my needs first. But, I turn to you now, dear Lord, and ask you to help my dear husband in this time of trial for him and for us. Restore him to health, if you can. Give him courage, strength and faith to deal with his ill health. Let him know the comfort of my love and your promises. I ask you this out of love for him. Make my love stronger.
God of Love, I come before you to pray for my father. You know how much he suffered and you alone fully know how much was wounded and broken in him. I feel so sad, and at times I feel so angry, so cheated, because I couldn't have a good relationship with him. I don't want to spend the rest of my life resenting my father, so I turn to you to hold him up to you. I know you are a God of mercy. Forgive him and heal him. Please let that forgivenss touch my heart as well. I want to forgive him and know the peace of letting go of those hurts - or at least the peace of not letting them continue to hurt me. I pray for him because I want what is best for him. I want him to know you and to know your love for him. One day, in your loving embrace, may all the wounds in his heart be healed.
God of love, you know what my husband is going through. The pressure he is under really scares me. I can see the toll it takes on him. I try to comfort him, to be patient with him, to help him enjoy a different world at home. Please watch out for him and protect him. Don't let him face more than he can bear. I don't know what I'd do without him. Thank you, Lord, for listening to my prayer. Hold him in your most loving heart, I pray.
Father of Life, I thank you for my father. He
was such a blessing to me while he was still with us. I still miss him so much. I thank you for what he left me as gifts of love and faith. I pray that he has enjoyed your embrace and that the relationship he and I have now might someday be renewed with you in heaven. Until then, I entrust him to your love and ask you to let him look out for me and to assist me to stay on the path to you.
Oh, Lord, I am weary. Just weary. And, fairly angry, too. There are days I simply have no hope, and some days I have no desire at all to continue in this marriage. So, I turn to you and beg your help. First of all, I beg you to help me. Don't let me give up. I am the only one I can change, so please help me change me. Protect my spirit. Take away my anger. It's just cancer on my spirit. Give me courage and enough love to try again. Help me try to heal what is broken in my husband. Help me to love him so he isn't so insecure and afraid. When he barks, let me only hear his inner fears protecting himself. Now I pray for him, Lord. Please love him and do what you can to heal him. Allow this struggle he's in to open his heart to being loved, to being softened. Protect him from sin, from the temptations of the Evil One. Let him know and respond to the love I will, with your grace, show him. I ask you this, trusting you can still bless this marriage gave to us.
My Father in heaven, I ask you to look down on my husband of so many decades and to bless him on this day. Our marriage has been greatly enriched by our children and watching him grow as a father has only deepened my love for him. You gave him the grace and wisdom to nurture our children, challenge them and love them. Now bless they are gone. Help him to discover new joys in life and new ways to love and grow. Bless me with the grace to be his partner in this continued increase in our love for each other and for you.
Dear God, I thank you for my husband. I thank you for letting this man come into and complete my life. I delight in making him happy and caring for him. I am so grateful for how he loves me and cares for me. You know that there are days that we get on each other's nerves, but today, I'm so grateful that this man completes my life and that you have given him to me to love and cherish all the days of my life.
Dear Heavenly Father, I lift my children's father to You. Make him a man worthy of his high calling of fatherhood. Gently lead him in the ways of integrity and righteousness so that his children may see him as an example worth following. Do not let him exasperate his children; instead remind him often that they are looking to him for guidance and instruction.
Where any harm has been done or any rift has occurred in any relationship with his children, Father give him the courage and humility to reconcile and build up that relationship. Let him not see his children as a hindrance to his plans or his days. Rather, let him see them as blessings and treasures given to him on loan.
Father, I pray my children will be left with a rich spiritual inheritance by the man they call Dad. Help him be perceptive in his observances of what You require, then may he have the courage to carry out Your call upon his life. May he walk in Your ways and keep Your decrees and commands so that he may prosper in all he does and wherever he goes (1 Kings 2:2-3), giving glory to You for all his children to see.
Teach him how to deal with his own children in the ways You deal with him gently and lovingly, never in an exasperating manner. Give him patience and wisdom as he guides his children with all encouragement and comfort, urging them to live lives worthy of Your kingdom and Your glory. In Jesus' name, Amen.