Today we continue to pray for fathers By looking at fahters showing respect to mothers.
Respecting mothers. What does that mean?
Many times when we hear respect mentioned in families or relationships in a Christian setting it seems that the focus is always on women showing or not showing respect to men.
Today we are not focusing on wives respecting husbands, but rather we are focusing on fathers respecting mothers.
So what is respect?
According to the Mirriam-Webster dictionary it is:
: a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc.
: a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way
In several families, the opinion of the father is valued above all others. Sometimes it is a case where when the children ask mother for permission to do something, the father turns around and over-rules the mother’s decision without any thought for why the mother gave permission in the first place.
I remember an experience when I was younger where a friend of mine was going to ask her mother permission to go somewhere, but then she stopped and said “I’ll just wait and ask Daddy when he got home.” I asked “why?” and she told me it was because her father had ultimate day and what ever he decided was how things would be.
I questioned her as to what would happen if her mother had given permission first and then her father said no- who would she listen to.
In many families, the notion portrayed in the family is that daddy’s word is law, but mummy and the children just obey. Many children do not see their mothers as true authority figures in the family because of how their fathers treat them.
Many fathers fail to respect their wives and do not treat their wives as an equal parent and partner.
So today, as we conclude this first part in looking at respect, we want to pray for fathers to understand what respect is and see that it must be extended to mothers as well.