Our Father in heaven,
you have made yourself known to us through Jesus Christ
and have invited us to pray to you as our Father,
that we may pray boldly and confidently to you.
We pray for fathers.
Give them wisdom.
Give them patience.
Give them the ability to love in a way that reflects your love.
We pray for children.
Give them guidance.
Give them a spirit of obedience.
Give them warmth, comfort, and peace in their fathers’ homes.
We pray for the fatherless and those who struggle in their families.
Be their Father when earthly fathers fail.
Show them love and guidance,
and help them to know a father’s love
through your love, providence and care.
Use Christian friends and other family to encourage and guide,
nurture and instruct,
and bless them with your peace;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
© 2016 Paul C. Stratman
A Prayer about Fathers by Paul C. Stratman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Please contact for any commercial usage.
See also “A Prayer about Mothers.”
The painting by Elisabetta Sirani (Bologna 1638-1665) St Joseph with the Infant Jesus c. 1662 was chosen simply to be a depiction of a father with a child.