As caregivers, we often struggle with prayer … what to pray, or even how to pray. Watching a loved one suffer, slip away mentally, or flail about due to affliction is a crushing and painful experience. Mounting bills, relentless drama, and unyielding heartache seem to comprise a caregiver’s day.
Wrestling with this in my own life, I put pen to paper to help guide my weary heart in prayer. Drawing upon scripture verses, great hymns of the faith, and the countless prayers of others, I wrote The Caregiver’s Prayer. When words fail me, this prayer helps redirect my tear-filled eyes and my weary heart to back to the unfailing love and strength of our Father.
The Caregiver’s Prayer
Heavenly Father, I love _______.
I have committed my life to caring for ______.
Yet I know the task is greater than my abilities.
As I seek to help another,
I ask for strength to shoulder the burdens before me.
Yet I also ask for the wisdom to know what is mine to carry.
I ask for the courage to admit my failures and make amends.
I thank you for your grace and mercy,
and ask that you help me daily apply it to myself and extend it to others.
As I walk through this long valley of the shadow of death,
I ask for a deeper awareness of your presence to calm my fears.
As I glance backwards, may I only see your provision.
As I look forward, may my eyes see your guidance.
May I reflect you as I minister to this one whom I love.
I pray all this in the name of your son, Jesus Christ,
Who laid down his own life …for me.
© 2014 Peter W. Rosenberger, HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER