What is the Role of a Father?

In today’s world, the role of a father has been lowered and demeaned. It no longer holds any importance to us, but the father is an important role in the Bible. So, what exactly is the role of a father according to the Bible? Join ArieRashelle as she searches through Scripture for the answer.

John 5:19
John 8:39-47
Proverbs 18:21
Genesis 27:38
Genesis 48:9
Job 1:5
Genesis 17:18-21

The Role of a Father

First Role of a Father: A Father Leads By Example

One of the first roles of a father is to lead by example. Whether it is good or bad, a father leads by example because his children are watching and learning from him.

20 For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all that He Himself is doing. And greater works than these will He show Him, so that you may marvel.

John 5:20

8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

1 John 3:8–10

Second Role of a Father: A Father Speaks Into His Children’s Lives

Our greatest example for a good father is our Heavenly Father. The very first thing God did after creating man and woman was to bless them.

27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Genesis 1:27-28

This is why one of the most important roles a father has is to speak into his children’s lives. Whether a father realizes it or not, his words have weight, they mean something. They aren’t just empty words that disappear once they are spoken. Life and death is in the power of the tongue. The role of a good father is to bless his children, to speak good things over their lives.

1 When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called Esau his older son and said to him, “My son”; and he answered, “Here I am.” He said, “Behold, I am old; I do not know the day of my death. Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me, and prepare for me delicious food, such as I love, and bring it to me so that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die.”

Genesis 27:1-4

Third Role of a Father: A Father Prays For His Children

To pray for his children is one of the most important, if not the most important, roles of a father. Leading by example is important, as well as blessing your children, but to pray for your children is where the battle for their soul begins and ends. This role of a father is often overlooked and said to be a mother’s role, which it is, but it is a father’s role as well.

And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.

Job 1:5

Prayers to Pray For Your Children

24 The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

Deuteronomy 28:3-6

1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.

Psalms 1:1-2

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