“Show Us the Father” – a Father’s Day Devotional

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“Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.'” New Living Translation

Philip asked the question for the ages…Humanity cries out for an understanding of and relationship with the God of heaven. And we long to see a glimpse of His character in our earthly father. But for too many that hope is a distant reality.

71% of all high school drop-outs come from fatherless homes
71% of all pregnant teenagers,,,
85% of all children with behavior disorders…
90% of all homeless and runaway children…all come from fatherless homes
63% of youth suicides…
85% of all youth who end up in prison…

And according to the US Census Bureau, an estimated 24.7 million children (33%) are growing up in homes without their father..
When you break those numbers down demographically, it’s even more chilling…
58% of Black children, 31% of Hispanic children, and 21% of white children are growing up without their father’s presence in the home!
And finally, according to 72% of the US population, fatherlessness is the most significant family or social problem facing America. Source: National Center for Fathering

It’s not drugs, not gangs, not violence, not police brutality, not a lack of education or jobs…it’s the same cry that Philip prayed, “Lord, shew us the Father”…

The root cause of societal ills and the challenges facing our homes, communities, and nations, is a dim revelation of the Father. Philip’s prayer is as urgent today as it was back then, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

We thank God for earthly father’s, who, by the grace of God, have not been perfect, but have been present and lived up to the best example they could before their children. Let’s use this season to renew the prayer of Philip and pray for a revelation of the character and unconditional love of the Father both before us and in each of us.


About Derek Lane

Love God, family, others, and life in general! Enjoy coming alongside of individuals, communities, and organizations to fulfill their potential by building relationships and attracting resources. Enjoy traveling, learning, and sharing with others...
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