If you’ve been on a long, uphill journey with your child and today is a hard day, you’ve probably run out of ideas of how to pray. I did. Often my best prayer was the simplest, “God, please help me!” I’ve prayed this way many times. Have you?
A Prayer for Hard Days
When I’m struggling to know how to pray, I prefer to use prayers others have written. I wrote this one for you:
Today is a hard day. I can’t feel You. My child is ____________________. I see no signs You’re doing anything. None.
Are You ignoring my cries for help? I’m beginning to think my prayers are useless, empty words bouncing off the ceiling. My faith is faltering. Why should I bother? Please don’t let me give up. Throw me a life-preserver—better yet, a faith-preserver.
I want to believe You care; that You’re near, not far; close, not remote. You’ve always been the light in my darkness; the relief for my distress; the peace for my pain.
Fill me once again with a spirit of calmness in place of anxiety, divine rest for fear. I need supernatural serenity and tranquility now more than ever before. Mine is gone. I’m a mess.
My struggle is real. Relentless. Never-ending.
My inner chaos is out of control. Insanity reigns. A mental fog permeates my thoughts. Panic threatens to suffocate me. Sometimes, it’s difficult to breathe. I gasp for air—celestial air.
I need to know four things:
- You understand.
- Nothing is hidden from Your sight.
- You love my child even more than I do.
- You can still do the impossible. It’s not too late.
Believing these makes all the difference in the world for me. They radically change the landscape of my suffering.
But when I hurt, I forget. I doubt. Could I be wrong in believing them?
O God, please restore my weakened confidence in Your love for me and my child. May my hope and faith be firm in who You are and what You’ve done in the past.
Bring me back to the certainty that You are always with me and my child; that our times are in Your hands – the easy ones as well as the hard ones.
No matter how I struggle, no matter what I see, especially on hard days like today—remind me of truth.
Keep my focus on You.
Thank you, Sovereign One.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Comfort from the Bible
The Bible comforts me when I read this:
He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might he increases strength (Isaiah 40:29).
Books on Prayer
These are a few books that have helped me pray when I didn’t know how anymore: (the first two are listed on our website)
The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children by Stormie Omartian
Prayers for Prodigals: 90 Days of Prayer for Your Child by James Banks
(praying hands photo cred. unsplash.com)
**from the archives