The role of a mother is to support fathering and the role of a father is to support mothering. Last month, I was privileged to write a devotional in partnership with Mr. Michael Griego , a seasoned father and grandfather. He shared scriptures, prayer points, and 5 essentials for great and effective fatherhood, and I shared prayer points and scriptures women or mothers can pray over fathers.
This devotional is a great resource for Father’s Day. Prayer and godly counsel are some of the best gifts we can give to fathers.
Here is a preview of Day 1:
5 Essentials for Great and Effective Fatherhood by Michael Griego
As a young father, I did not fully take on the mantle of spiritual leadership in the home. Fortunately, our Good Father is patient and forgiving. If I had to do it all again, I’d be a different kind of Dad. I was a pretty good Dad, but I got better at it as I grew older.
It is now rewarding to see my own two boys and son-in-law being really good and proactive Dads with their children, our 10(!) grandchildren. What is different is the deliberateness in their raising of these children in the ways of the Lord. As all children should be improved versions of their parents, my wife and I are very pleased to see and experience the upgrades.
These 5 Essentials for Fathers are what I would have done differently as a young father:
Love God, Then Man: A great and effective father loves the God of the Bible and seeks His favor, not the favor of Man in this world. One may be a good provider, kind and loving, but if he is not aligned with his Creator and does not know Jesus as Savior, he has made the “big miss” in life and will not be able to lead his family to spiritual Truth. Per Christ’s commandment, loving your fellow man comes after loving God. Question: Do you really love and honor God?
Love Your Wife, More Than Your Work: A great father loves and cherishes his wife, even more than his work or vocation, where he typically receives his glory and approbation. A sign of his true love is to cherish and honor the mother of his children with choices of sacrifice reflecting balanced priorities and Christian values. Question: Do you put your wife first, ahead of your work?
Would you like to become a member of God’s family? Please say the prayer below and let me know about it here.
Say this: Heavenly Father,
I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe you exist and you sent Jesus to die for me. I receive your love and forgiveness. Reveal yourself to me. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Amen
Welcome to God’s family!