Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Husband Prayers: Day 18

Not all of us have children, but we can pray for the fathers we know, our own father, or even the father we want our husband to be!

Day 18: Praying for His Fatherhood

Dear Lord, I pray for my husband as a father.  Help him to grow close to you, his Heavenly Father, so that you are his example of how a father should be.  May the fruits of Your Spirit be evident in his life, especially by his children: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, and Self-Control. 

Give him wisdom in disciplining our children correctly.  I pray that he doesn’t avoid discipline when it’s needed, but instead is diligent in disciplining.  Please keep him from the other extreme, constantly provoking his children to anger.  Please guide him in raising them up in the discipline and instruction of you. 

Help him balance his life between work and family time, not going to either extreme.  Show me where I can help in both areas, not demanding or nagging, but by prayerfully coming to you in prayer. 

If there is division or anger between the kids and him, please bring healing.  Give my husband a humble heart to admit when he has been wrong and a strong Spirit to stand firm with what he knows is right.  I specifically pray for this situation _________.

Thank you, again, for being our perfect example of a father.  You are merciful, loving, just, true… show us the way to follow in your steps.

Eph 6:4  Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Proverbs 3:12  For the Lord disciplines those he loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.

Proverbs 23:24  The father of a righteous person will rejoice greatly; whoever fathers a wise child will have joy in him.

2 Cor 8:18  “and I will be a father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.

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