Why Dads in Prayer
Dads In Prayer was formed as a response to God’s heart for families and the role given to each father to love, serve, and lead his family. Our Heavenly Father’s intention was never for a dad to do it on his own. None of us can. His heart is that fathers would partner with Him through prayer to bring His goodness, purposes, and plans into the lives of our children and families. God wants to turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the children of this world. This happens as we take the time to pray God’s heart for our children. It is a learning process that each man has to choose to grow in. Dads In Prayer exists to provide resources and opportunities to do this in community with other men.
The Vision and Mission
The Vision for Dads in Prayer is that men’s hearts are transformed in such a way that every son and daughter is covered with Christian prayer by their biological father, adopted father or paternal role model.
Our mission is defined by an acronym for the word LIFE.
We live out our mission in the following ways:
- Legacy – As dads in prayer we are intentional in passing on a Legacy of living in obedience and submission to the authority of Christ to every generation that follows us. While we may not live to see every generation that follows us, we believe the LORD will honor our prayers for the future generations. A Biblical role model for leaving a legacy is Joshua.
Joshua 24:14-15…”But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. Also reference Deuteronomy 5:10….but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” Read all of Joshua chapter 24 to understand the context of the scripture reference.
- Invitation/Intercession – As dads in prayer we prioritize our time to begin each day by Inviting the presence of the LORD into our home and the life of our family. We Intercede to the Father on behalf of our children, wife, or the mother of our children. We don’t wait for an emergency to call on the LORD. Our invitation is early and often. A Biblical role model for inviting the LORD to our home is Jairus.
Luke 8:41 “Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl about twelve, was dying.” Read Luke 8:40-56 to understand the context of the scripture reference.
- Faith – As dads in prayer we discipline our lives to stand firm on the truth and promises of God’s Word, especially in the face of adversity. We acknowledge that our circumstances do not determine the validity of the LORD’s promises and love for us. Whatever the circumstances, good or bad, The LORD loves us, and His promises are true. A Biblical role model for standing firm in faith is Job.
Job 1:20-22 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. Read Job 1 in its entirety to understand the context of the scripture reference.
- Encouragement – As dads in prayer we understand the importance of fatherhood. Knowing that many have abandoned this responsibility, we are committed to lovingly encourage all men to embrace and own the role of fatherhood in their homes and in their communities. Like the men who did not let anything stop them from bringing their friend to Jesus for the healing he needed, we are committed to encouraging all men to be the father every son and daughter needs.
Luke 5:17-19 “One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.” Read Luke 5:17-26 to understand the context of the scripture reference. Allow yourself to view life through the perspective of the men who brought their friend to Jesus.
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What we Believe
- We believe there is one God, the Father Almighty, who is the maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.
- We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the only begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right and of the Father.
- We believe He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.
- We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.
- We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church.
- We acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.