Father’s Day: Revelation Through Prayer
I love my father. I am thankful for him today, as I am every day. A few years back, I captured that sentiment in a Father’s Day post titled “A Father’s Legacy: Memories From a Thankful Son.”
But this Father’s Day, I want to tell you a story about another father, and the answer he gave to a question asked by someone he loves.
Two days before Father’s Day, I met with a man whom I respected greatly. Though we’d only met in person once before, he had served as a mentor over the years. In some ways, he has been like a father, taking time to answer my questions with guidance and wisdom.
I don’t know why I was meeting this man. He is greatly respected as man of God. He is one of the most brilliant and influential thinkers of our time. The list of countries this man has visited and dignitaries with whom he has provided council is long.
The night before our meeting, I did not know what to say to him. There was plenty I could talk about. There were a million questions to ask.
So that night, I prayed, and I asked the Lord:
“God, why am I meeting with this man?”
And the Lord answered:
To share your heart with him.
And then again, I asked the Lord:
“Father, how do I share my heart with him?”
He will see it in the story of your son.
And that’s when I knew that I wasn’t there to ask questions. I wasn’t there to seek wisdom, or council, or mentorship. I was there for one purpose, and one purpose only: to share with him the story of our son, Boone Shepherd.
When we met, the atmosphere was friendly and casual. The conversation moved freely from one thing to the next. We spoke about our families and our futures, sharing stories and laughing along the way. And I told the man about my prayer the night before. And before we left, I left him with the story of our son, to read on his own, in a quiet place, where God would reveal my heart.
“Father, how do I share my heart with them?”
They will see it in the story of your son.
Could that not be something the Holy Spirit asked the Father about the world, before receiving an answer from the Father in the Son?
This Father’s Day, take a moment and be thankful that you are a father. Be thankful for your father. And be thankful that you have a Father in heaven who loves you.
He is a father that would give everything for you.
And He did.
About Jason B. Ladd
Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.