“Father’s Day is a special day in which we celebrate the role of fathers and the contributions they make to the lives of their children. The definition of fathers is not restricted to a biological father. It also includes step-fathers, grandfathers, fathers-in-law, male relatives and spiritual fathers. A father is one who shows compassion to his children; “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him” (Psalm 103:13). Father’s Day 2018 occurs on the 3rd Sunday of June. It is celebrated on Sunday 17th June 2018 in many countries such as the UK and USA. This article is intended to celebrate fathers, explore the importance of Father’s Day, and explain the role of fathers. Also you can find Father’s day prayer.
Happy Father’s Day Prayer: Let us pray for our Fathers
Dear heavenly Father, we approach you today on behalf of our fathers. We thank you for the way you have knitted families together, giving the biblical instruction, that fathers are the head of the home. Help fathers to be obedient to Your structure and Your order so that our children will not suffer.
Lord we pray especially for our fathers and we commit them to You. God will you help them to lead and guide their families; will you give them supernatural strength to deal with the challenges that they may face on a day to day basis? Empower them to be all that You have called them to be, fulfilling their God given purpose. Father we thank you for answering this prayer and we trust in Your peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.
- Father!—to God himself we cannot give a holier name! William Wordsworth
- Great fathers don’t find fault. Great fathers find solutions. Reed Markham
- What a father says to his children is not heard by the world, but it will be heard by posterity. Jean Paul
- Fatherhood is a marathon, not a sprint. Paul L. Lewis
- The imprint of a father remains forever on the life of the child. Roy Lessin
- A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. Billy Graham
The importance of Father’s Day and why it is celebrated
Father’s Day 2018 stems from the history of a memorial service which was held for a large group of men, who were involved in a mining accident (many fathers were killed) in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907. In memory of this, each year fathers receive cards, gifts, clothing, electronic items etc as a way of simply saying ‘thank you, I love and appreciate you’. Father’s Day is celebrated globally, giving honour for fatherhood and male parenting. As such, Father’s Day 2018 is no different to any other year. Many people will make that extra effort to visit or contact their father. It is celebrated so we can give recognition to the contribution and support fathers give, such as being a good role model to society. Father’s Day 2018 will enable children to express their love and gratitude for their fathers, thus building and strengthening father-child relationship.
A father is equally important in the life of a child as a mother. It is the father that contributes to the emotional, spiritual and financial wellbeing of their child. Therefore, Father’s Day 2018, will make fathers feel that their contribution to the family and society is appreciated. It also gives fathers the encouragement and motivation to be positive role models to their children. Proverbs 20:7 states that: “The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him”. Father’s Day also helps children to reflect on the role their father’s play in their upbringing.
It is equally important to celebrate Father’s Day as a way of reflecting and appreciating those whose fathers have passed away. Therefore, Father’s Day 2018 is day of recognition, adoration, gratitude, appreciation and love to the special father’s in our lives.
The Role of Father’s in a Christian Family
Fathers play a significant role in a Christian family. It is the responsibility of the father to diligently teach their children right from wrong and the commands of the Lord when at home. It is important that the father also teaches the Word of God (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). Proverbs 22:6 states: “train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it”. The Father is in fact the spiritual head of the house.
A.Theodore Tuttle suggests that “there is genuine concern over the diminishing role of the father in the home. His influence is fading and responsibilities formerly assumed are left either to the mother or to agencies outside the home. The father is the patriarch in the home”.
Therefore, it is the role of the Father to give direction for their children and to ‘…give instruction of the Lord’ (Ephesians 6:4). It is then from the guidance and direction of a father that a man/woman can leave his father and mother and unite to his wife/husband to become flesh. “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).
A Father should demonstrate a Christ-like character in his Christian family; avoiding anger but showing patience, understanding, love, care and compassion to their children. Jesus said “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). Equally, Father’s are to love their families because ‘love’ is the first and greatest commandments (Matthew 22:38). Father’s must choose to imitate God as in His demonstration of love to His family (the family of God).
Children are depending on their fathers for their spiritual, emotional, physical, financial and social well-being. Therefore, the role of fathers is to demonstrate a positive role model. Daughters see their fathers as the ideal man they intend to marry. Equally, for sons, a father is seen to be a ‘man of honour’ they intend to imitate as they grow older. Let’s remember fathers in our prayers every day. They deserve that.