How to Mend Strained Relationships on Father’s Day through Prayer
Living through our daily struggles can sometimes remove us far from the love of the fathers and mothers that bore us. Being physically far from your parents or not having spoken with them for a long time, your relationship with them may have been strained over the years. As Christians, it is our solemn duty to provide concern and care to aging and ailing fathers and mothers. If you have not communicated with your parents through broken relationships, this Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to mend those relationships.
Sometimes, there may be genuine hurt that the father may have caused instead of providing the sanctuary expected of him. Yet, the Bible stresses on the role of the father in a child’s upbringing.
Proverbs 23:22: “Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.”
Luke 15:20: “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”
Hebrews 12:7: “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?”
Therefore, it is Christian to find it in our hearts to forgive and tolerate. Besides, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to reconcile emotional issues and find closure before they pass. This article will help make it easier for you to go about repairing father-son or father-daughter relationships where they are troubled, especially if your father has grown old or is suffering from a serious medical condition.
The Bible is filled to the brim with stories of people who were less than perfect. But like the ordinary folks of today, they did their best to be kind, good, and generous.
2 Timothy 3:14–15: “You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings (via Timothy’s Jewish mother and grandmother) which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
The first thing that we as children have to be thankful to our parents is that we have been taught the ways of our Lord – of prayer, of humility, of sacrifice, and of dutifulness.
As a strong, independent adult, and as a believer in Christ, it is your duty to re-examine the motivations and decisions of your father, in light of your newer, superior knowledge. Praying to the apostles helps us to overcome doubts and weaknesses for they faced the same during the tempestuous trials from the life of Jesus Christ.
Prayer for Mending a Broken Relationship with your Father on Father’s Day
Dear God, Dear God, I accept that I have not had the best of relationships with my father. I cannot say that I have been blameless. On this occasion of your bountiful blessings (this Father’s Day), help me reconcile with my father in his ailing years. Grant me the strength and the grace, the wisdom and the compassion, to mend this broken relationship. Amen!
Prayer through the Apostles for Father’s Day
O Saint Peter of the divine rock and house of the Lord, Jesus Christ! Intercede for me this day to the heavenly Father as I pray for my own earthly father. I beseech thee to heal his heart even as you help heal mine. I accept that I need to be forgiven as much as my mortal father. Grant me the strength and the grace, the wisdom and the compassion, to mend this broken relationship. Amen!
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