Children get their first glimpse of God and form their first ideas about God from what they see in their fathers. In this crazy world where so many children grow up without fathers in their lives, we're raising a generation of children who don't know what to think about God.
Each day this week, we will post specific scripture references pertaining to fathers/fatherhood/heavenly Father for us to intentionally focus on in prayer. Let’s HONOR the fathers (biological, step, adoptive, spiritual) in our lives by standing in the gap for each of them. If you missed the preblitz prayer, husband prayer, parenting prayer, heart prayer, or the legacy prayer be sure to go back and read/pray them!
Today we focus on the children who are or feel abandoned by their fathers- maybe that is you? Or your husband?
Day Four Scripture Focus: Abandoned Children
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families... ~Psalm 68:5, 6a
Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. ~Psalm 27:10
I will proclaim the LORD’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father." ~Psalm 2:7
Day Four Prayer Focus: Abandoned Children
- Pray for fatherless children to receive and be comforted by their Heavenly Father.
- Pray for the fatherless to understand and accept their God given identity as children of God.
- Pray for abandoned children to be placed in stable, intact homes.
- Pray for fathers and children who have felt abandoned by their earthly fathers, to realize the love of their Heavenly Father, and the security that He has not nor will He ever abandon or forsake them.
Repent for any unforgiveness or resentment you have held toward your own father, if you were or ever felt abandoned in any form.
Repent if you are a father that has abandoned your own children or behaved in any manner that caused them to feel abandoned. Ask God to restore, heal and bless your relationship with your children and even future grandchildren.
Forgive your father if you have ever felt abandoned, alone, unprotected, unloved or unworthy of your father's love and affection.
Wives/mothers: Pray for your husband, if he was fatherless or felt abandoned, that he would be surrounded by Godly father figures and that he would seek God's will and instruction on how to be a loving and involved father to his own children. Pray that he will release any bitterness or unforgiveness and embrace the freedom that God-inspired forgiveness can bring.
Pray for your children to have a heart of forgiveness toward their own father if they have ever felt abandoned or rejected by him. Pray they would truly know their identity in Christ as a child of God, loved and accepted by their Heavenly Father.
Husbands/fathers: Pray and ask God to surround you with Godly, fatherly figures and mentors. Pray to release any unforgiveness or resentment and embrace the freedom that God-inspired forgiveness brings. Pray for healing of any father-inflicted wounds upon your heart, rooted in rejection and abandonment. Pray to know God's love and acceptance for you, deeply, as the perfect Father He is.
Thank you God that my father chose to give me life. I praise you Heavenly Father that I am your child and you call me your son/daughter. I praise you for choosing to be my Father and always being there for me. I pray blessings upon my own father and that he may know your perfect Fatherly love. I pray my own children will feel loved, protected and cared for. I pray restoration of all the father-child relationships I am associated with. Thank you God for the family I have and am a part of. In Jesus name, Amen.