In general, earthly fathers are kind and compassionate, despite shortcomings. However, some of the shortcomings are rough on their family members.
a) A father refused to give his wife and daughter food because they wanted to believe in Jesus. After seeing their good conduct at home, and after seeing them starving, he was pricked by his conscience. He relented and gave them food (Luke 11:11-12).
b) During Covid-19 pandemic, unemployed fathers are cooped up at homes, without work and money. Frustrated and anxious, their tempers flare up easily and their wives and children suffer physical violence and psychological abuse.
c) A father may refuse to provide maintenance for his estranged wife and family, but God provides for the helpless mother because she trusts in Him.
God’s wrath is upon all who commit domestic violence, but His mercy is on the helpless (Ps 68:5; Zec 7:10).
Victims of injustice and violence in the homes take time to comprehend the compassion and forgiveness of a gracious and holy God in heaven (Exodus 34:6-7).
Some prayers for every father who knows the Heavenly Father:
1) For the head of the household
Heavenly Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
According to the riches of Your glory, grant me to be strengthened with power through Your Spirit in my inner being, so that Christ dwells in my heart through faith, and being rooted and grounded in love, I may have the strength to comprehend with all fellow believers the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that I may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph 3:15-20).
2) For the husband
Lord Jesus Christ,
Teach me to love my wife, as You loved the Church, and gave Yourself up for her. Sanctify me with Your Word so that I learn to love my wife, to nourish and cherish her as my own body (Eph 5:24-29).
Teach me to bring up my children with love, patience and encouragement, not provoking them to anger (Eph 6:4; Col 3:21).
I am sorry for grieving, quenching and resisting Your Holy Spirit. May He reveal the darkest secrets in my innermost being, so that I may confess my sin, iniquity and transgression. Then I shall be forgiven and cleansed by the precious Blood of Jesus Christ. Fill me with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit so that I can be Your channel of blessings and overflow with God’s love to others around me (Rom 5:5; 8:26-27; Eph 4:30; 6:18; 1 Thess 5:19; Acts 7:51; Jude 20; 1 John 1:8-10).
3) For the child of God
Heavenly Father, I need to learn to appreciate Your loving discipline and the chastisement that I deserve. You are the eternal Father and I desire to live with You in eternity. Discipline me for my good, so that I may share Your holiness. Heavenly Father, Your momentary discipline seems painful to me, but You desire that it yields in me the peaceful fruit of righteousness (Heb 12:6-11).
Blessed Fathers’ Day!
Elder Yoong Yuen Soo