Dads often get a bad rap, especially on television. If a dad is even present, he is often portrayed as stupid, uninvolved and totally clueless about his children and their lives. If a television dad should have a daughter, the dad is obviously uncomfortable even talking with her. The idea of being actively involved in her life would never occur to him.
Dads have such an impactful relationship with their daughters. Much of how a girl feels about her appearance, the men she chooses to date and more are often a reflection of her relationship with her father. Many dads are aware of this and spend time cultivating great relationships with their daughters.
Rob and Joanna Teigen have written a new book for dads who want to have a godly impact on their daughters’ lives. Dad’s Prayers for His Daughter: Praying for Every Part of Her Life has help for dads who want to pray for their daughters, but aren’t quite sure where to begin.
Normally, I am not a huge fan of written prayers. I believe it takes a lot of the personal part of our prayer life away from us. In this case, I may make an exception. The book contains eighty-eight prayers. Each prayer covers a specific subject area like “when she feels inferior” or “when she needs to tell the truth”. Several scriptures are given at the beginning of each prayer to point the reader back to the scriptures and what God has said about the topic.
The prayers themselves are as much instructions for being a good dad as they are prayers. The authors subtly point out the mistakes many dads may make when dealing with their daughters about a topic. I call those the “help me” prayer sermons! If you are a father looking for tips, you will find them within many of the prayers. There are also occasional stories in between prayers where various Christian fathers share their experiences parenting daughters. Many of these stories also include advice as well as encouragement.
The remainder of each prayer covers areas within the topic where a daughter may need specific help from God. I appreciated the authors focus on the concept of God being in control of every situation. Our daughters have free will and we cannot control that, especially as they age into womanhood. God, however, can provide the guidance, people and circumstances in the lives of our daughters that will continually point them back to God and His principles.
My biggest complaint about the book is that it is marketed only to dads. Although some of the advice and stories are geared towards fathers, mothers could easily use the prayers as well. I know the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf when words fail us, but I also know a lot of people want to feel like they know what to pray for when their child needs prayer (i.e. all of the time!). I think this book gives some good ideas of specific prayers you may have never thought to pray for your daughter.
If you want to enrich your prayer life or encourage your husband to actively pray for your daughter, I think you will find this book helpful. To get a man’s perspective, I showed it to my husband and he also thought it was very worthwhile. I would love to hear what your husband thought after reading the book, so please share in the comments below.
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