Dear Father God, my heart is so sad for my father and I am very concerned about the way that he has become such a heavy drinker. I know that he has had a very difficult life and that he is using his drinking habit to cover up a heart that has been bruised and badly scarred, but Father, his alcoholism is causing him so much harm and hurt – and I grieve for the life that he is forging out for himself.
Dear Lord, would You help him to become free of this terrible addiction to drink and show us what we can do to help and encourage him to become free from this curse that is not only ruining his own life, but which has such negative repercussion in our home as well.
Lord I love my father but we are becoming desperate and are turning to You to help us to help him to break his addiction to alcohol.
Most loving Father, I am so sad about my father's life. I suppose I will never know all that happened to him along the way and I can never even imagine what inner pain his drinking is covering up, but it hurts so much to see him trapped in this pattern. And, as frustrated as we are, we will all enable him somehow. Please help us all be healed. Help us to take the steps we need. Help my father come to see his powerlessness before this addiction. Let him turn to You alone for help.
God of love and mercy, I hold my father up to you in prayer. Since the separation/divorce, it hasn't been the same. There's less fighting and stress, but there's more distance. Please help us grow closer. He hasn't always been perfect but he is my father and I want to have a role in his life, just as much as I want him to have a role in mine. If it is your will, let me be of some help to him. Free my heart from all anger and assigning blame. Just let me love and care the way I can, at this time. Heal whatever got wounded in him and allow him to grow and to thrive again, in your merciful love.
Loving Father God, I come to You today to lift up my father in prayer. Lord You know better than anyone else how difficult and abusive he was towards me and towards others as well. You know the suffering, pain and ridicule that I had to endure at his hands, for so many years.
My hurt and anger towards him is tinged with pity and sadness because we were not able to have the sort of loving relationship that a child should have with his father - and this is of great sadness to me. I know Lord that in his own way he tried to do his best but he was so eaten up with bitterness and anger that he was unable to express it in any other way.
Forgive my father I pray, and help me to forgive him as well – truly to forgive him and not to hold any resentment against him – for I know that is not only destructive to me but has ongoing repercussions with those I love.
Forgive my father Lord and heal him - and I pray that one day he may come to hear that Christ died for his sins to pay the price for his own sins and rose again to break the power of death in the life of all that believe - and accept Jesus as his saviour. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, my Saviour and Lord
Dear Lord and Father of us all, how I bless and thank You for placing me in my family and for the blessing of my dear father, who gave me life.
Thank You for the joy and fun that we have shared together over the years and for his wonderful example and trust in You. Thank You for his wisdom, his patience and the many lessons that he taught me as I was growing. Thank You for his strength in times of difficulty, his wisdom in times of trouble, his honesty in times of correction, his gentleness in times of pain – and thank You that he taught me about Jesus from being a child.
As he is advancing in years I pray that You will be with him and take care of him. Keep him from all harm and danger and prepare his heart for the day when he will see You face to face. I pray that on that glorious day he will hear You say, well done good an faithful servant.
O Lord how I thank You for my dear father who is now in the presence of the Lord Jesus and all those that have gone before. I miss him Lord so much, but I am happy to know that all the pain that he was suffering together with his increasing age, which had become so restrictive, has been left far behind him now - and that he is with You in heavenly places.
As I look back over my childhood and early years as well as my rebellious teenage time and adulthood I just want to thank You that he was always there to support and advise me, to instruct and teach me. Thank You Father of all mercies Who gave me my precious earthly father.
Thank You Lord for Your wonderful salvation – that Christ died to give us all eternal life – what a joy to know that we will all one day be with You forever, and at the appointed time will meet up with the father into whose hands You entrusted me – for which I praise and thank You.