Prayer For The Tired And Weary

Lord, let the burden of pain be bearable not because of our own strength but because of Yours.

When we grow weary, lead us back to Your presence. Help us to know You don't give trials we cannot face because we never face them alone. When we're desperate for You, You are our help and our comfort, our strength when we fall down.

You are the God who identifies with every discouragement, every agony, every broken part of us and You came for us anyway. You lift our spirits and when we are crushed, when we despair, when we are so frustrated and tired, discouraged and empty, You promise us life and a great, wild, ridiculous hope. Let the unanswerable things quiet and the knowing of You and Your goodness bring us peace when our minds rally against us. When our bodies fail, let us feel Your touch. You are the God who sees and we belong to You. Calm our timid hearts and bring rest to the weary places. Help us remember Your promise that You are with us even to the end. Even on the weary days, and especially to the weary ones, You are our God.


The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isa. 40:2831

Gracious Father, this was one of the first Scriptures I memorized as a young believer, yet reading it today is like finding a new treasure in an old field. That's one of the things I most love about your Word. It's never antiquated or redundant but always vintage and ever new. You're the God who speaks in specifics and without stuttering. You're the Father who knows what we need even before we ask, and you provide before we ask.

This passage from Isaiah is underlined multiple times in my favorite Bible, and for good reason. It reminds me that you're not like me, in so many ways. You never get tired or weary. I do and I am. Accepting limitations, finiteness, and weakness has never been one of my strengths. But I must. Since youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall, why do I think I'm exempt from running on empty and hitting a wall?

Father, I'm not asking to soar like an eagle, as cool as that might be, and I'm not seeking to run like a marathoner, though I'd love the legs and lungs to do so. Just walking upright with a renewed heart, a steady gait and replenished energy will be enough.

My hope is in you, Abba, Father, for you promise daily mercies, steadfast love and sufficient grace. I'm not depleted, though I'm heading in that direction. I'm not medicating in destructive ways, though tempted at times. I'm not depressed, but have enough of the blues and blahs to take my condition seriously. I look to you for all the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical strength I need. The next few months are going to really busy. Send your Spirit. Please grant me good sleep and real Sabbath.

Because Jesus embraced the ultimate weakness and weariness of the cross, I'm confident of your burden-bearing love. You are the perfect, present and persistent Father. I may be weary in my servanthood, but I'm secure in my sonship. Nothing can separate me from your love. So very Amen I pray in Jesus' tender and triumphant name.

I'm tired, Lord. How long can this go on? I'm struggling. I'm weary.

Normally I come to you with praise and thankfulness, but right now my mind is so clouded that I can't begin to find the words to pray. All I know is that I feel like I'm drowning. I'm overwhelmed.

My hope and strength need to be renewed. Refresh my mind. Give me the perspective you want me to have. Help me to see your hand at work in this situation. Show me how to put my trust in you so my mind can find the rest it needs.

I know that I don't have enough strength and fortitude, but you do. Your strength is made perfect in my weakness. With you, I am strong. Please make that very real to me right now.

Help me focus on what you want me to do next, keeping my eyes fixed on you instead of what's going on all around me.

Help me remember that I'm a cherished child of the King of Kings. Speak peace to my mind. Calm my mind. Heal me of my weariness. Gently lead me out from under this heavy fog I feel like I'm in right now. This is hard and I need your help.

I pray the scripture Philippians 4:7 today, knowing that you will give me peace and guard my heart. Renew my mind. Guard my thoughts, Lord. Transform my thinking and the feelings I am experiencing right now.

Like what I read in Philippians 4:8, help me give my attention to things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy. Help me meditate on these things throughout the day, and also to take captive any thoughts that are working against me and not from you.

Thank you for the mercies you make new every morning for me, and help me to rejoice in you today. You are holy, righteous, gracious, and powerful. Thank you for giving me a divine peace. Thank you for loving me, giving me rest, removing my weariness, and bringing strength to my mind today.

In Jesus name, amen.

Dear Father in Heaven,

I come before you weary and beat down by this long day. Being a mother can be so hard! I often feel helpless and inadequate. I never know what to expect. I often don't know what to do. The constant change leaves me reeling. The twists and turns of each day is a glaring reminder of how needy and dependent I am.

The book of Hebrews tells me I can come to you in confidence and find the grace and mercy I need. And so I come to you now to lay all these burdens at your feet. I feel so overwhelmed by the details of life. It seems like I can never get ahead. Just when I clean up one mess, another one pops up somewhere else. Just when I think I know what I am doing as a mom, my child enters a new age and stage. Just when I think I have a steady routine in place, someone gets sick or hurt. Some days I wonder if I'm really cut out for motherhood.

I know I failed to glorify you today. I failed to love as you love me. I failed to extend the grace you've given me to my children. Forgive me for striving in my own strength. Forgive me for my fears over all the unknowns of motherhood. Forgive me for putting my hope in things, circumstances, or in my own strength rather than in you. Forgive me for my impatience and for wanting life to go my way. Each of these sins and failures reminds me of just how much I need a Savior. Today reminds me that I need Jesus more than I did yesterday and that tomorrow I will need him even more.

I'm so thankful that there is so much of you to give. You never grow tired or weary. Even while I sleep, you remain at work, ruling and reigning over your Kingdom. Nothing happens outside your knowledge and will. You are never surprised or caught off guard. You're never stretched beyond what you can handle. You're never unprepared. And the well of your grace never runs dry.

Because of what Jesus did for me at the cross, I ask that you create in me a clean heart. Renew a refreshed spirit within me. Give me strength each day. Open my eyes so that I see your hand at work in my messy, unpredictable, and often crazy life. Be my constant in my fluctuating emotions. Keep the gospel ever before me and make it a reality in my daily life as a mother.

I pray that tomorrow you would be with me in all ups and downs of my day. Help me to find my joy in you and not in my circumstances. Help me not to fear whatever twists and turns may come. Help me to love my children and serve them well. Help me to enjoy each moment with them and not spend my time worrying about the next moment to come. May I remember that even when it feels otherwise, you are always with me and will never leave me or forsake me. Tonight, may I sleep in peace knowing that even when I lose my grip, you never let go of me. And may I open my eyes in the morning to find mercy, fresh and new, ready for the taking.

In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

Thank you for the mercies you make new every morning for me, and help me to rejoice in you today. You are holy, righteous, gracious, and powerful. Thank you for giving me a divine peace. Thank you for loving me, giving me rest, removing my weariness, and bringing strength to my mind today.
In Jesus name, amen.

Dear God,
The constant struggles and demands feel intense some days. We're weary and worn. We feel exhausted and discouraged. There never seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done that we need to get completed. And it's just hard to keep going in the face of defeat and discouragement. Please help us to remember that you are there, close, and you promise never to leave us.

Dear God,
The battle feels intense some days. We get tired and weak, weary and worn. It's hard to keep going in the face of defeat. But help us to remember that you will never leave us, that you're our Refuge and our Strength, an ever-present help in trouble. We know that the enemy wouldn't be fighting so hard against us, if we weren't making a difference for your Kingdom. In the Mighty Name of Jesus we pray,

Dear God,

Thank you that your yoke is easy and your burden is light. Thank you that you promise to give the worried, the hurried, the pressured, and stressed out - rest and peace for our souls - if we'll just come before you. Thank you that you already know all that concerns us, and you care. We're so grateful for your reminder that we don't have to carry it all on our own. Forgive us for the times that we've tried to fix things in our own power, for not taking the time to rest, or coming to you first with our needs and burdens. Thank you for the refreshing that comes from your Spirit, filling us with joy, covering us with a shield, leading us forward with hope. Equip us to be those who take notice of others who seem weary and burdened too. Help us to slow down, to take the time, to point others to you.

In Jesus' Name,