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Praying for Fathers

by Robert J. Young
Main and Oklahoma Church, McAlester, Oklahoma
June 16, 2002
©, 2002, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

The first efforts to establish a day in honor of fathers began in 1909, just one year after the new Mother's Day holiday began. It is difficult to believe that Father's Day was not permanently established as an annual, designated holiday in the United States until 1972. This year marks the 30th anniversary of an official Father's Day.

The role of fathers has been diminished in our society. Yet fathers are vital in faith development in our homes. What do fathers do? Recall God's description of father Abraham in Gen. 18:19: "...he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him."

1. Fathers direct their families in the pathway of their example. Although families do not always follow the father's lead, the family cannot rise higher than the example of the father.
2. Fathers help their families keep the way of the Lord. Certainly this includes the knowledge of God's will and way, so God's desires are clear.
3. Fathers teach their families to do what is right and just.
4. Fathers, in their own faith in God, make it possible for God's blessings and promises to fall on their families.

This day we honor godly fathers. We can honor our fathers by imitating their example, listening to God, following their teaching, and continuing in their faith. Will you join me this day in praying for fathers around the world, that they might accept their roles as spiritual guides and that our homes might provide spiritual foundations.

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