May 7, 2013

Father's Day Prayer


Here’s a prayer of petition for Father’s Day from the Mother’s Union website. It was written by Nick Fawcett.

Prayer for Father’s Day

Loving God,
we come together on this Father’s Day,
reminded not just of our earthly fathers but of you.
You tell us that all who believe in you
shall be called your children,
and you invite us to address you simply as “Our Father”.
For the wonder of your love,
we praise you.

We praise you that, despite all our weakness and disobedience,
you view us not as subjects,
or as servants,
but as children.
And we rejoice that you want us to see you
not as some deity remote in splendour,
nor as a jealous God demanding our homage,
but as a father, watching over us
with infinite care and tenderness.
For the wonder of your love,
we praise you.

Loving Father,
teach us not simply to say “Our Father”,
but to mean it –
to recognise that you love us as deeply,
as dependably,
and as devotedly as any human father,
and infinitely more besides.
For the wonder of your love,
we praise you.

Teach us that we matter to you,
that you are concerned for our welfare,
that you delight to bless us,
that we need only to ask and you are there.
For the wonder of your love,
we praise you.

Teach us that it is because you care so much
that you instruct us,
discipline us,
and correct us.
For the wonder of your love,
we praise you.

Teach us that however far we stray from you,
however much we may reject your love
or ignore your guidance,
still you go on reaching out,
longing to draw us close once more.
For the wonder of your love,
we praise you.

Loving God,
You are “Our Father” and we praise you.
Teach us to be your children,
in the name of Christ.
Amen.

— written by Nick Fawcett, and posted on the Mother’s Union website. http://www.themothersunion.org/