I had the surprise of my life when I interviewed for a job in a town on the outskirts of Los Angeles County. After stopping at the gate to gain entrance to the acreage of the Brandeis Institute, I drove down a long road leading away from all signs of city life. And there, for the first time, I found myself personally witnessing a shepherd-complete with a for-real sheepdog-moving flocks of sheep across the road right in front of my car!
Yes – sheep and shepherds still exist in our modern-day world. And the emphasis and analogy of a shepherd can help you understand and pray for your husband’s role as a father. A shepherd fulfilled a vital function for the agrarian people in biblical times in caring for the sheep. Likewise, your husband’s role as a dad is vitally important today.
And he has help! Jesus provides the perfect role model of what a shepherd does, and by extension, what a father is to do in his care for his children. In John 10:11, Jesus referred to Himself as “the good shepherd.” These activities and Jesus’ personal example can help fathers today, as well as help you as you pray for your husband as a dad.
My Prayer for My Husband:
(1 Peter 5:2-3)
Heavenly Father, I come before You now to pray for __________, the father of my children. I pray for __________ to see himself as the shepherd of the flock You have placed in his life-our children. Give __________ Your love and wisdom as he leads as a loving shepherd of our flock, not as a lord over them, and not because he has to, but willingly and joyfully. May __________ set a godly example in our family. Amen.
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Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:
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