Asking a father for the hand of his daughter can be a nerve racking experience. Today, Jeff explains the biblical roots of asking a father for the hand of his daughter, and shares tips to ace this exciting moment in the life of a man.
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When you ask a father for the hand of his daughter, let him know that you will love his daughter the way Christ loves his bride the Church.
Asking a father for the hand of his daughter is a sign of tremendous respect. I encourage you to take this moment seriously and put yourself in the father’s shoes as you approach this exciting moment in your life! In the Bible, we see a tradition of asking a father for the hand for his daughter. In ancient Israel, families were very much involved in the betrothal process of their children. We see this reflected in Isaac’s and Jacob’s stories:
Isaac & Rebecca- Genesis 24:12-21, 61-67
Jacob & Rachel – Genesis 29
I encourage you to ask for the father’s blessing because the blessing of a father is powerful and will fill your life with the abundance of the Lord. Here are seven things to keep mind when you ask a father for the hand of his daughter so you can ace it! I invite you to review these things every year on your anniversary to hold yourself accountable.
7 Tips to Ace It:
- Let him know that you have made the decision to marry his daughter through prayer.
- Let him know that you understand that marriage is a covenant and a sacrament. Make it clear that you understand you will be entering into a covenantal relationship with his daughter.
- Let him know that you will be faithful to his daughter and that you will love her the way Christ loves his bride, the Church (Ephesians 5:25).
- Let him know that you will provide for her.
- Let him know you will protect her in every way.
- Let him know that you will be open to life and accept children as gifts from God and that you will raise them in the Catholic Church.
- Thank him for the gift of his daughter.
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Jeff Cavins is passionate about helping people understand Scripture and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Though he was born Catholic, Jeff went to Bible school and served as a protestant minister for twelve years before reverting to the Catholic Faith. Jeff then received his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since then, he has become a leading Catholic evangelist and author.
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