A father's prayer

“Blessed is the man you discipline, O Lord, the man you teach from your law; you grant him relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance” (Psalm 94:12-14).

Lord, I am honored that you made me a father. It was not I who joined a male cell to a female cell and made a new living creature. It was not I who engineered the spectacular event of childbirth. I can’t make my child grow even one inch—it is all you. I am humbled and grateful to be a steward of your wondrous creation.

I am also painfully aware of my own shortcomings. Forgive me for my many acts of selfishness, for being slow at seeing and meeting the needs of my children. Thank you for your discipline; thank you even more for your promise never to forsake me.

I need more wisdom than I have now. Please grow my capacity to see, to understand, to remember, to care, and to lead like a servant. I need more strength than I have now. Please grow my stamina, patience, resilience, trust, and courage.

Father, help me to be a father like you.

Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.


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