A Prayer for Exhausted Parents

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Parenting is exhausting. When the day is done, parents are weary not only because of the trials of the day just finished, but also weary because tomorrow is just a few hours away. In this in-between time, the exhaustion reaches its peak. Well-meaning advice and stress-reducing plans offer little consolation. Even Bible verses may seem disconnected from the pressures of getting ready for tomorrow. Perhaps the most discouraging realization is knowing that in the morning you will wake up as wiped out as you are now.

Isaiah 55:8 reminds us that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and that his ways are not our ways. Weariness tends to overtake us when we see life’s responsibilities and burdens in isolation from God’s purposes and care. When this disconnected thinking dominates, the burden of parenting can become overwhelming and, yes, exhausting.

In these moments, the Holy Spirit reminds you that God is at work in the most intimate details of your life. He delights in blessing his children with his strength. For this to occur, it is huge for you to see God’s kindness even when you are feeling drained. He has not abandoned you. He is calling you to trust him and lean on him, especially in your tiredness! Christ has these precious life-giving words for you:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

These words are words of hope.  Christ spoke these words for all who are tired and exhausted.  He knew that late at night when sleep will not come that you would need these words of hope and encouragement.  Christ is not teasing you with empty promises. He means what he says. He offers rest and encouragement to you.

A prayer for exhausted parents:

Father, you know I am tired beyond words. I pray for your strength. I pray for courage to honor you before my children when I am exhausted. I pray you will help me not to respond in frustration but in belief that I can trust your word. Father, comfort me when sleep won’t come. Please refresh me this night. Hear me, Father, I am weary and overwhelmed. But I know that you hear me for I pray in the name of your precious Son, Jesus. Amen

 

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.