Prayer For Fathers To Fulfil Their Spiritual Headship
FATHERS DAY PRAYERS
This prayer was originally written by Pastor Ed at Salisbury Vineyard church and read out as a christian blessing over the dad's presentand as an acknowledgement of the important role of fatherhood in the lives of our children.
O God,We thank you for these menMen who have taken on the impossible task of following in Your footstepsWe thank you for their courage and strength And our prayer is that as they learn what it means to be a fatherThat You would Father them, and apprentice themWe pray that you would teach them how to be good fathersno matter how old or young their children are. Give them hearts your heartThat they may become known forCompassion, tenderness, and mercy.May they live lives full of love and grace.May they not be afraid to disciplineAnd may they lead their families with great wisdom and gentleness Anoint them to be warriors in Your kingdomTo wage war for their families in prayerTo be defenders and guardians of all that is true and goodMake them aware of the spiritual battle that You call them to engage in
Today, God our Father, we ask your blessing on all fathers
For new fathers, coming to terms with new responsibility;For those who are trying to balance the demands of work, marriage and children;For those who have to struggle to be a part of their child's life;For those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;For those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;For those whose child has been placed for adoption;For those whose love and support has offered healing;For those that have adopted a child into their family;For those who have lost a child;For those who care for the children of others;For those whose children have left home. Bless all fathers, that they may be able to commit themselves selflesslyas mentor, protector and provider, shaping the directionof their child's character by giving love, care and guidance. Bless all fathers, that they may lead their children to know and do what is good,living not for themselves alone, but for God and for others.
Blessings For Fathers
“Dear God, I give thanks for fathers.I recognize the dedication and patienceit takes to be a sourceof compassion andunderstanding when helping to shape a young life.
Bless all fathers,especially those who are newin this sacred role. I pray they feelYour presence with them.
May they know that Your strengthand wisdom are within them,providing all they needto guide and support
their children with kindness and love.”
Father's Day Prayer
Let us praise those fathers who have striven to balance the demands of work, marriage, and children with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice. Let us praise those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father, have worked to become a good father.
Let us praise those fathers who by their own account were not always there for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support. Let us pray for those fathers who have been wounded by the neglect and hostility of their children.
Let us praise those fathers who, despite divorce, have remained in their children's lives. Let us praise those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and support has offered healing. Let us praise those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earned their step children's love and respect.Let us praise those fathers who have lost a child to death, and continue to hold the child in their heart. Let us praise those men who have no children, but cherish the next generation as if they were their own. Let us praise those men who have “fathered” us in their role as mentors and guides.
Let us praise those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children. And let us praise those fathers who have died, but live on in our memory and whose love continues to nurture us.
~ Kirk Loadman
We honour you in your God given dutyMay you walk free from the lies of the worldThat say a father is not important For we say that you are importantYou are to be a light in darknessA living example of God Himself We bless you to be strong and courageousTo wear the full armour of GodTo resist the devil, and to standStand firm for your wives and childrenStand firm for the body of Christ We bless you to go out and do great deeds for the kingdom of GodTo become oaks of righteousnessTo rise to the fullness of ChristAnd to run hard the race that has been marked for you We claim this blessing for youThat you would be counted righteous in this lifeThat by the grace of God you would be blamelessAnd that in so doing your children would be blessed What you do in life echoes in eternity.O God bless these menAnd may their echoes be loud and full and pleasing in Your sight
throughout all ages.
As I recall, there was barely a dry eye in the house and all of the dads stood as this was read and they were blessed. They were then presented with gifts of chocolate as a tangible thank you for the wonderful job that they do!
What Makes a Dad
God took the strength of a mountain,The majesty of a tree,The warmth of a summer sun,The calm of a quiet sea,The generous soul of nature,The comforting arm of night,The wisdom of the ages,The power of the eagle's flight,The joy of a morning in spring,The faith of a mustard seed,The patience of eternity,The depth of a family in need,Then God combined these qualities,When there was nothing more to add,He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it … Dad
More Fathers Day Prayers
God, bless all the fathers in the world.Guide them to be good role modelsand loving to all their childrenHelp them to be a father You areGive them grace and patienceto handle situations in a loving way.
God, our FatherBless these men,that they may find strength as fathers.Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.Grant that we, their sons and daughters,may honor them alwayswith a spirit of profound respect.
God our Father,in your wisdom and love you made all things.Bless these men,that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers.Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.Grant that we, their sons and daughters,may honor them alwayswith a spirit of profound respect.Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Christian Prayer for Fathers Day
Loving God,We thank you for the gift of good dads,and everything that they do for us.Help them to havepatience when we're difficult,wisdom when we can't see the way,strength when we need comforting,and love at all times,so that, though them,we get a little glimpse of how you feel about us,our heavenly Father
Father, it is Your Commandment that we should honor our fathers;Hear the prayers we offer You for them.Grant them many years on earth and keep them in health of mind and body.Bless their word and all they do.Give them back a hundred-fold whatever they have done for us.
Inspire them with Your love and help them to fulfill Your holy law.One day, may we be their comfort and support,So that having enjoyed their affection on earthWe may have the joy of being with them forever in Your home in Heaven.Through Christ our Lord.
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Biblical Headship (3) According to Paul
In the light of this broader understanding of the character of God and of His plan for marriage, let’s examine I Corinthians 11:3: “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.”
Image of pioneer Adventist leader Ellen White in vision © Review & Herald Publishing from GoodSalt.com
Does this text refute all I have said, proving that the authority structure at the heart of the universe is indeed a military chain of command? I believe not. The word translated “woman” here is gune, and the word translated “man” is aner.
While gune could be translated either “woman” or “wife,” “guneis the only word in the biblical Greek for wife in the New Testament. There is no other word that properly expresses the meaning wife in the New Testament.
” wise, “the Greek word aner has two essential meanings: man and husband…This is the only word in the New Testament that is used for husband.
” In other words, Paul was affirming that husbands and wives were to follow the headship model of Jesus, as mapped out in Ephesians 5:22-33:
“Wives, be in subjection unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ also is the head of the church… Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself up for it… Even so ought husbands also to love their own wives as their own bodies.
He that loveth his own wife loveth himself: for no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as Christ also the church… Nevertheless do ye also severally love each one his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see that she fear [respect] her husband.”
The same understanding of aner and gune applies to I Timothy 2:12, which states, “I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
” While this is a difficult statement to understand (similar to its neighbor text, stating that women are to be saved through childbearing), other challenging texts in Scripture, we allow Scripture to interpret Scripture.The New Testament has many references to women teaching, praying and prophesying in public.
Seventh-day Adventists believe, and the Bible teaches, that women as well as men may function as prophets, one of the most significant positions of spiritual responsibility in all of Scripture. We also believe women should preach, teach, heal, and otherwise proclaim the Gospel alongside men. Ellen White wrote:
“It was Mary who first preached a risen Jesus; and the refining, softening influence of Christian women is needed in the great work of preaching the truth now.
If there were twenty women where now there is one who would make the saving of souls their cherished work, we should see many more converted to the truth.
Zealous and continued diligence in the cause of God would be wholly successful, and would astonish them with its results.” (Signs of the Times, September 16, 1886)
The submission of wives to husbands was given to Adam and Eve, a married couple, as a necessity in order to preserve harmony within covenant relationships between husbands and wives.
Joel 2:28-29 prophesies that men and women will unite at the end of time in declaring the soon coming of Jesus and helping prepare others for that great day.
I believe God has allowed a controversy over headship to arise in our church to prevent us from making the disciples’ mistake of associating spiritual leadership with positions of superiority. I also believe that “The one who stands nearest to Christ will be he who on earth has drunk most deeply of the spirit of His self-sacrificing love…” (See Desire of Ages, p. 543)
When the mother of James and John asked Jesus whether her sons could be seated in positions of honor on His right and His left, the rest of the disciples were indignant that the two should claim the highest positions. Noting this, Christ called them to Him to explain,
“Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28)
Again, Christ decried the love of title and position even among God’s people when He said,
“And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” (Matthew 23:7-9)
I wonder whether it is possible that even the titles of “Elder” and “Pastor” can be seen as positions similar to “Rabbi” and “Master”? I am told that pastors are still called “Brother Smith,” rather than “Elder” or “Pastor” in some countries of the world where they all call each other names “Brother Smith” and “Sister Brown.” Has this use of seemingly innocent titles fostered the idea of over/under position among us?
Commenting on this topic, Ellen White explains:
“In the kingdoms of the world, position meant self-aggrandizement. The people were supposed to exist for the benefit of the ruling classes. Influence, wealth, education, were so many means of gaining control of the masses for the use of the leaders.
The higher classes were to think, decide, enjoy, and rule; the lower were to obey and serve. Religion, all things else, was a matter of authority. The people were expected to believe and practice as their superiors directed.
The right of man as man, to think and act for himself, was wholly unrecognized.
“Christ was establishing a kingdom on different principles. He called men, not to authority, but to service, the strong to bear the infirmities of the weak.
Power, position, talent, education, placed their possessor under the greater obligation to serve his fellows. To even the lowliest of Christ’s disciples it is said, ‘All things are for your sakes.
’ 2 Corinthians 4:15″ (Desire of Ages, p. 550, emphasis added.)
How grave a warning this is for us today! The disciples could not receive the Holy Spirit’s outpouring until they put away their strife for supremacy, their cherished hopes of hierarchical position. Let us not fall for the same strategy of Satan yet again. It is an old one, for it was Lucifer’s original lie that God sought the highest place instead of the lowest.
“Sin originated in self-seeking. Lucifer, the covering cherub, desired to be first in heaven. He sought to gain control of heavenly beings, to draw them away from their Creator, and to win their homage to himself.
Therefore he misrepresented God, attributing to Him the desire for self-exaltation. With his own evil characteristics he sought to invest the loving Creator. Thus he deceived angels. Thus he deceived men.
He led them to doubt the word of God, and to distrust His goodness.” (The Desire of Ages, pp. 21, 22)
God’s goodness—His character—is the opposite of self-exaltation. It is this character—the seeking to serve, the lowest place, as Jesus modeled from the manger to the Cross—that He desires us to reflect in contrast with the character of Satan.Let us not malign the character of God in order to support our cherished positions.
Jesus refuted Lucifer’s accusations against the character of God (and the law of His kingdom) when He revealed the Father’s character by seeking to serve, that is, the lowest place.
We wise are called to vindicate the character of God when we follow His example of humility. Together as a church, let us seek to serve, exemplifying to the watching universe what God can do in humble, believing souls.
Paul exhorts us to this lifestyle of service when he encourages us to be “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.” (Romans 12:10) and “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” (Eph 5:21)
In this way, may we fulfill the prayer of Christ:
“That they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in thee, that they also may be in Us: that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me.
And the glory which Thou hast given Me I have given unto them; that they may be one, even as We are One; I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected into one;that the world may know that Thou didst send Me, and lovedst them, even as Thou lovedst Me” (John 17:21-23, 26).
Editor’s Note: We welcome your comments on the topic of the post, which is about the teaching of biblical headship according to Paul. It is not about women’s ordination.
Please note the following statement by Elder Ted Wilson, President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, on July 10, 2015, at the General Conference Business Session in San Antonio, Texas:
“The vote on Wednesday did not have anything to do specifically with women being ordained as local elders. … neither was it pertaining to anything in policy regarding commissioned ministers.
So let us be clear on what was voted on Wednesday. We are now back to our original understanding and I would strongly urge all to adhere to what was voted.
But do not place into the vote other things that were not listed in the vote.
” (See “Ted Wilson Statement to Clarify the Vote Regarding Women’s Ordination Accommodation,” on Seventh-day Adventist Church North American Division site, fetched August 10, 2015)
In other words, Elder Wilson made clear that ordained female elders will continue to serve as before, and commissioned female pastors will continue to serve as before. And the ordaining of female elders and commissioning of female ministers will continue as before.
Nothing has changed in this regard.
(You may also consult “GC PRESIDENT SAYS ORDINATION VOTE DOESN’T CHANGE CURRENT POLICY” on the Adventist News Network site for another report on the same statement.)Thus no comments will be published that argue against the ordination of female elders or the commissioning of female pastors. Neither will we publish any comments regarding ordination of female pastors, either pro or con, since that is not the subject of this post.
If you have not read the two previous posts on the topic, please do so before commenting. You may find that what you wish to say fits better under one of the previous posts:
Biblical Headship (2) in Marriage