15 Inspiring Prayers for my Dad (with Free Printable)

Are you looking for powerful prayers for your dad to pray? The role of a loving father is so important in the growth and development of children, and in the strength of healthy families. Whether your dad is a godly person who loves the Lord or is an unbeliever in need of grace and salvation, let’s take a look at the attributes of a godly father, and 15 powerful prayers you can pray for your dad today.

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What are the Attributes of a Godly Father?

The best way to understand the qualities of a godly father is to look to God, who is our Heavenly Father, and the ultimate example of what it means to be a kind and loving father. 

According to Scripture, a godly father is…


As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him…Psalm 103:13

A Wise Instructor

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Proverbs 3:1-2

Bestows Blessings on his Family

Then he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.” Genesis 27:25

A Good Provider

Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5:8

A Servant-Leader

Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant… Matthew 20:26

A Loving Parent

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4

A Loving Husband

In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. Ephesians 5:28

These Scriptures that describe the powerful attributes of a godly father are great Scriptures you can use to pray for your dad!

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15 Powerful Prayers for My Dad

Here is a list of prayers for your dad that you can pray as you thank God for the role of your father in your life. If you have a father who is an unbeliever, or does not display the characteristics of a godly father, pray for him to come to know the Lord in a personal way. Your prayers are powerful and effective, and with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

A Prayer of Thanks for my Dad

…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Lord, thank you for my dad. Thank you that he has been a strong leader in my family, and a godly example of what it means to follow Jesus. Thank you for the times he has shown he cared for me, and thank you for how he has provided for me and my family. Over the years, he has been a strong source of strength and love. Today, I thank you for placing my dad in my life. Amen.

A Prayer of Wisdom for my Dad

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

James 1:5

Lord, give my dad wisdom today. Help him to grow closer to you, and to grow in wisdom as he spends time in your Word. Give him discernment as a father, and gird him with your strength and protection. Give him wisdom to make good decisions for our family, and may he honor you in all that he does. Amen.

A Prayer of Blessing for my Dad

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.

Psalm 128:1

Lord, I pray a prayer of blessing over my dad today. I honor him as a wonderful man of God, and ask that you will bless him immensely. It is not easy being a strong, loving father in today’s culture, and I ask that you equip him with everything he needs to carry out his role as a father with your grace and favor. Bless him to enjoy his life and the fruit of his labor, and bless him to live a long, joy-filled life on this earth. Amen.

A Prayer of Protection for my Dad

But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Psalm 5:11

Lord, today I pray a prayer of protection for my dad. Surround him with your shield of protection, and guard his life according to your Word. Protect him physically, spiritually, and emotionally, and give him strength and stamina to overcome the schemes of the enemy. Spread your protection over him, and may he rejoice in you today. Amen.

A Prayer for my Dad who is Sick

Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.

James 5:14

Lord, touch my dad today, and bring health and healing to his body. Restore his strength and vigor, and provide him with nourishment in his bones. Give the doctors wisdom and guidance as they give my dad instructions on how to recover from illness. Bless all who work tirelessly to help my dad become whole. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

A Prayer of Healing for my Dad

Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases…

Psalm 103:2-3

Lord, I pray for physical healing and restoration for my dad. Please provide healing from chronic illness, pain, and injury in his body. I praise you that you are the great Healer, and I ask you to bring him relief, wholeness, and wellness. Help him to establish healthy eating and exercise routines that will help keep his body strong. Amen.

A Morning Prayer for my Dad

Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.

Psalm 30:2

Lord, this morning I lift up my dad to you. I praise you that your steadfast love and mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). Continue to remain faithful to my dad as he puts his trust in you each day. Remind him this morning that you will never leave or forsake him. Amen.

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A Prayer for my Dad’s Leadership

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.

Hebrews 13:7

Lord, thank you for the strong leader you have created my dad to be. You, Jesus, were the greatest leader on earth as you served your people with grace and humility. You led by becoming a servant of all. Help my dad to follow your example of servant-leadership, and to remain self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, loving, and gentle. These leadership qualities are not signs of weakness, but of tremendous strength through you. Amen.

A Prayer for my Dad on his Birthday

I thank my God every time I remember you.

Philippians 1:3

Lord, I thank you for my dad today, on his birthday. Thank you for the role model he has been in my life, and for the example of strong leadership and self-sacrifice. Thank you for his hard- working attitude, diligence, and determination in life to never give up. On his birthday, grant him your peace and joy as we celebrate him today. Amen.

A Father’s Day Prayer for my Dad

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:4

Lord, I thank you for my dad today on Father’s Day. Thank you for the blessing that he is to me and my family. Today, we honor him and are grateful for the ways he has provided for our family. Bless him as he continues to live his life and grow in his faith in you. Bless him in his work, and may he continue to live out the calling you have placed in his life. Amen.

A Prayer of Forgiveness for my Dad

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Matthew 6:14

Lord, I ask you to forgive my dad of any sins that he has committed against you or those around him. By your grace and mercy, blot out his transgressions and give him a heart that is righteous and pure. There have been times when we have not not been in fellowship with one another, or have become angry or hurt by one another. Heal and mend our relationship, and draw us together in love and unity. Amen.

A Prayer for my Dad’s Salvation

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:9

Lord, I pray for my dad today, and I ask that he will come to know you as his personal Savior. Open his heart to receive your message of salvation and truth, that he may become a member of the family of God. May he call upon your name, seeking your forgiveness and salvation for his life, and may he spend eternity with you. Amen.

A Prayer for my Dad’s Purpose

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

Lord, help my dad to continue to live out the purpose for which you have called him. May his purpose and calling in his life bring you glory and honor in his family, and in his community. Reveal to my dad the plan and purpose you have called him to, and may he continue to shine the light of Christ to those around him. Amen.

A Prayer for my Dad’s Relationships

I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.

Psalm 119:16

Lord, I pray for my dad to grow closer to you each day, and to grow in wisdom and knowledge through your Holy Spirit. Help him to also grow in his relationships with his children and in other important relationships in his life. Please heal broken hearts, restore relationships that have severed, and rebuild communication and fellowship with family members. I praise you that you are a God of healing and restoration. Amen.

A Prayer for my Dad’s Legacy

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9

Lord, today I pray for my dad’s legacy. Help him to leave a legacy of faith in Christ that will last for generations to come. May he pass down to his family his love for you and your Word, and a love of humble service in your Kingdom. Amen.

A Prayer for my Dad Free Printable

You can download and print this free printable prayer for your dad as you pray for him.

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In Conclusion

The role of a strong, loving father is essential for the health and well-being of families and societies around the world. Fathers can look to their Heavenly Father for direction, wisdom and guidance as they grow in grace as godly fathers. I hope that these prayers for your dad will give you encouragement and inspiration as you thank God for your father!

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