This is a list of caregiver prayers that I have found. I will continue to add more over time. Note that these are not my own work. The original creator is noted before and after each prayer.
Lord, help me remember I am doing your work.
Help me to clothe myself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, and love.
Help me to live out and embody the fruit of the Spirit showing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Enable me to see them through your eyes.
Help me to have compassion as you did and to follow your example.
Ease my burden and provide times of rest and refreshment.
Give me the energy necessary to fulfill my tasks.
Grant me the strength and extra grace to be able to handle things I might not normally be able to handle.
Help me not to lose my joy and give me moments of laughter.
In moments of frustration help me to be slow to anger and to refrain from letting any anger or frustration give a foothold to the devil or lead to any sin.
Comfort me as I mourn what I have lost.
Fill me up with your love so that I’m so full that your love overflows out of me–I do not have the sufficiency to pour this out of my own supply so I need YOUR supply.
Thank you for supplying all of my needs according to your riches in glory through Christ Jesus.
Help me to just be your conduit and means through which you work and help me to remember that it’s you THROUGH me.
Thank you for trusting me with this role of caring for another.
By Tracy Robbins
Heavenly Father, help me better understand and believe I can do what you ask me to do.
Forgive me for the times, even now, when I question your judgment.
As I go about the many daily tasks of caregiving, give me energy.
As I watch my loved one oh-so-slowly walk across the room, give me strength.
As I answer his/her repeated question just one more time, give me patience.
As I look for solutions to whatever is the most recent concern, give me wisdom.
As I reminisce with him/her about the "good old days," give me a moment of laughter.
As I get to know my loved one in a new way, seeing both his or her strength and frailty, give me joy.
As I sit beside my loved one's bed waiting for his or her pain medication to take effect, give me comfort.
Lighten my burden, answer my prayer, and give me the strength to do what so often seems impossible. Give me a quiet place to rest when I need it and a quieting of my anxieties when I'm there.
Change my attitude from a tired, frustrated and angry caregiver to the loving and compassionate one I want to be.
Remain my constant companion as I face the challenges of caregiving, and when my job is through and it's time for me to let go, help me remember that he or she is leaving my loving arms to enter your eternal embrace.
By Bill Dodds
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.
By Peter Rosenberger
What am I to do?
I feel so powerless.
My emotions sometimes scream at me and want to take me captive.
Sometimes they do take me captive.
I want to be strong.
I want to handle things with amazing maturity.
I want to be at peace.
Yet, sometimes I just want to pretend this is all a bad dream and soon I will wake up.
I am longing for your help this day.
Please let me feel your support.
Please let me see your miracles.
Please let me feel your love when I feel overwhelmed.
Please forgive me when I get angry.
I need to draw closer to you even when I feel like drawing away.
Hear my heart, Lord, and help me.
By Beth McLendon
Dear Heavenly Father, give me a heart full of love,
Tenderness and gentleness that comes only from above.
Help me to be kind and give me a heart that's compassionate
Watching what I say that my words might not be passionate.
Help me listen with my heart that I might feel another's pain;
Give me words that comfort and bless and bring glory to your Name.
Fill me with courage and strength to do my duties with diligence,
To care for my sick loved one with longsuffering and patience.
Give me peace and contentment in a world full of chaos.
That I might serve Thee better as long as I shall last.
Help me to be blind and deaf to the things that upset me;
Help me to focus instead on your world full of beauty.
The orchids in the garden, the brush of butterfly wings
Are Nature's reminders of hope that help my weary heart to sing.
Help me to see that caregiving is not a heavy cross to bear
But a precious opportunity to develop Christ's image so fair.
Thank you, God, for your patience and your love that sustains;
I'll praise you forever and ever in the name of Jesus.
By Lydia Haga
I feel selfish praying this prayer, but the truth is, I wonder if anyone sees me. I know my care recipient’s needs are great, and it makes sense that people are concerned about him. But it would be nice to know they’re thinking of me too. When they ask how he’s doing or how they can pray for him, I want to add my own needs. Yet I don’t want to sound self-absorbed, as if my struggle is more important than his.
Father, what a relief to know that even though people may look past me, You notice everything. You see my challenges and lack of strength. You know the emotional burden I carry, and You don’t judge me for needing help.
Remind me of this when I feel alone. I’m so grateful for Your listening ear, for the invitation to call to You in my time of distress. I don’t want to stay buried in this hardship without turning to You, so I ask for a heart that seeks You first.
I also know how valuable earthly friendships can be. As I walk this journey, help me recognize the people nearby who can offer support and encouragement. I don’t want to be afraid or feel guilty to ask for prayer, so grant me the faith to reach out. Surround me with a prayer circle, even if it’s one or two close friends, and show me how I can come alongside them in return.
No matter what happens, I choose to turn to You. Whether anyone sees my struggle or not, I believe You know my needs. I commit to coming to You first for my comfort and strength.
In Jesus’s name, amen.
By Sarah Forgrave
Please help me stay calm, patient, and kind
Please help me be my personal best
Please stop me from taking blame for things beyond my control or putting that blame on someone else
Give me grace under fire, strength when I'm weary, courage when I'm scared
Grant me the ability to be in touch with the love that lives in my soul so I may feel it for myself and spread it to those who need it
Let me be grateful beyond measure for this day I have been granted so that I can make it the best of days
By Susanne White
God of Love,
as a caregiver, I need the grace to be loving even when I do not love all that I am asked to do. It is extremely difficult to watch the one I love slowly lose their ability to care for self and to witness their pain of illness. More is demanded of my time and sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be enough of that in the day to tend to all that needs to be done. Help me prioritize my day with being present to ___________ as I care for his/her needs and wants. Ultimately, at the end of the day when I lay my head on my pillow, I want to say I lived this day with love.
God of Mercy,
some days I need mercy for myself as much as for the one I am caring for. Can I forgive myself for not doing everything perfectly? Can I forgive my loved one for not remembering to be safe as he/she strives to maintain his/her independence? Can I be forgiving when my fear of losing them conflicts with their fear of losing their independence? It is then when I need patience to walk gently with ___________. My fear for the unknown future causes me to be reactive at times. Help me trust your plan for him/her. Teach me to embrace the fragileness of the human body and to let go of expectations I have toward ___________ who needs my assistance. Whatever I do for another, I want to wrap it with kindness, compassion and authenticity.
God of Justice,
empower me to be generous as I share in caregiving for my loved one. Let me give to him/her out of a place of abundance so their spirit will be nourished. Help me be a voice for ___________ when society discounts or minimizes theirs. In those moments when my spirit is dry and my body is tired, empower me to seek help so that I can deliver quality care and respect at all times.
God of Providence,
I need to remember that I am called upon to only do what I can. As I care for my loved one, grace me with the trust to rely on you as each day unfolds. Give me the strength to be strong in those times when my loved one becomes weaker and needs increased care. Give me clarity of vision for him/her as their own ability to think clearly eludes them. When my own vision is clouded by fatigue and frustration, give me respite moments so I will regain new energy to provide the care needed.
thank you for the sacredness of this ministry to be a caregiver. It is truly one of the most challenging and gratifying opportunities in my life. The days I want to return to a sense of normalcy are the days that my spirit needs to be fed. In the midst of caregiving, I turn to you to fill my soul with what is needed for the moment. Only you know the path that is marked out as I walk this journey with my loved one. Help me to trust you. May my caregiving be a blessing to the one I love and thank you for the blessing I have received as their caregiver. You are the source of all life and grace and I cannot do this alone.
By Sister Carole Kimes
Are there any caregiver prayers you would like to share? Let me know in the comments below. Hopefully they will lift the spirits of others.