Summary: There is power in a praying dad.
The Power of a Praying Dad
• Mark Twain said - When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
• Bill Cosby said - Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is a lime green neck tie.
• A father carries pictures where his money used to be.
• The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.
• To be a successful father... there’s one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years.
My dad made me do crazy things:
Do what my mom told me to do
He actually said to me, “son if I every catch you smoking,
even if you are grown, I will beat you to within an inch of your life.”
He made me get up every Sunday morning to have
breakfast with the family and then go to Sunday School.
He made me mow the lawn
He made me pay for my gas in the car that I had to buy
He made me get a job when I was old enough.
He held me responsible for my actions
I believe that any male of the species can be a father but it takes a man to be a dad.
In an age of throw away families what we need are more dads.
More than that we need praying dads.
EM Bounds said that what the church needs, (and I think the world too), is men of prayer.
Our families need dads who are men of prayer.
There is power in a praying dad.
There are some things that we dads have to do sometimes to see what a difference being a praying can make.
1) SOMETIMES WE DADS MUST WRESTLE WITH GOD
Genesis 32:22-28 (NKJV)
22 And he arose that night and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven sons, and crossed over the ford of Jabbok. 23 He took them, sent them over the brook, and sent over what he had. 24 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. 25 Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. 26 And He said, "Let Me go, for the day breaks." But he said, "I will not let You go unless You bless me!" 27 So He said to him, "What is your name?" He said, "Jacob." 28 And He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed."
Jacob was worried that Esau was coming to kill him and his family.
Esua would have been justified in killing Jacob.
Jacob grabbed a hold of God that night and did let go until he got the answer he was looking for.
Jacob named was changed from Jacob the heel
to Israel the who prevails with God
He held on to God with everything he had.
Dad Satan is out to kill your family.
John 10:10 (NIV)
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
We must wrestle with God on behalf of our family.
2) DADS WE HAVE TO BE PERSISTENT
Luke 11:5-13 (NKJV)
5 And He said to them, "Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ’Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within and say, ’Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? 8 I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. 9 "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"