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Pastor Shawn Catalano

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Day 5: Praying TO my Dad; Praying AS a Dad

When I found out I was going to be a dad, I was determined to make sure that my child and I would have a one-on-one relationship. When my daughter was 3 days old, we started having daddy/daughter dates. Nothing huge – running errands, shopping at Target, and so on. As we added more kids, it meant carving out more time for each of them. I wanted us to have a real, personal, close relationship with each other. But I know that if I don’t make that time a priority, it won’t happen.

When it comes to our prayer time, it’s very similar. Our devotional time is essentially our “date with our dad”- a close, intimate time with our Father. Like my time with my kids, if we don’t schedule time for it, it may not happen. Some people think that having consistent, scheduled time with God seems more like following a rule than having a relationship. Consider this: putting a daddy/daughter date on my calendar doesn’t make that time any less special or any less personal. It means it’s a priority for me!

If you’re a parent, prayer needs to be a part of the time you spend with your kids: model it for them AND pray alongside them! This helps them build a habit of prayer and shows them that your family is dedicated to finding out God’s will.

One verse that has meant so much to my family is Philippians 4:6 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Life can always throw curveballs: School, illness, death in the family – things that may be out of our control yet weigh heavily on us. Praying together unifies us behind the truth of the Scripture above. It will help teach our families that we don’t have to worry, but trust in the One who created everything.

As we move through our 28 days together, make sure to take time to pray with your family. If you’re single, consider finding a few close friends you can pray with consistently. Take time to celebrate all you’ve been blessed with. Lift up concerns to the Lord and, together, trust Him to provide. Together, ask Him what HIS will is for you, and pray for courage to follow regardless of whether or not it matches your will. I promise it will impact you (and them) in a powerful way!

God, thank You for adopting me into Your family and being my Father. I confess that I don’t always make time for You, but I desperately want a personal, intimate relationship with You. I commit to spending time with You each day during these 28 days. I know that as I draw near to You, You will draw near to me. Amen.


  • Do you have a story about experiencing God through prayer?
  • What is something that has inspired you in your prayer life?
  • Can we pray with you about a challenge you are facing?

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