The day didn’t start the way I’d intended it. I like to start the kids’ days with positive words and a filling breakfast. I like to send them off to school with happy tummies and a heart full of encouragement from mom. Only I blew it this day. Instead of calm, supportive words, all that came out of my mouth was a raised voice and words of anger and frustration. Everything they did seemed to set me off.
I managed to whisper an ‘I’m sorry’ before they left and wished them a good day at school, but I knew those words were too little, too late this day. I was already late for work, but I knew I needed a reset of some sort. I’d blown it with the kids that morning, but maybe I could salvage the rest of my day.
Part of me wanted to just push forward through this day. I needed to get to work and tackle the long list of tasks waiting for me. But I know this kind of tired and weary. I’ve been here before and I know the collateral damage it can cause.
More than just physically tired, this was soul weary. Sure, I was physically exhausted, but I was also emotionally and spiritually on empty. If I didn’t take time to refill my spiritual tank, I wasn’t going to be good for anyone.
Pray, Even When You’re Too Tired and Weary to Pray – Allow God to Refresh Your Soul
Honestly, prayer was the last thing I wanted to do. I wanted a nap, a day off from work, to lose myself in some mundane busy work. Anything but take this mess to God. But I know better. I’ve been here before and have learned the hard way that what I need most is God – especially in these moments.
Prayer isn’t easy when you’re tired and weary, when you don’t want to take your mess to God, when you don’t even know what to pray. Yet, prayer is the very thing to restore and revive your weary soul.
How to Pray When You’re Tired and Weary | 3 Prayers for the Weary Soul
1) Simply sit in God’s presence
You don’t need a lot of words (or any) to pray. Sometimes what I need most when I’m soul weary is to simply sit in the presence of God and let him refill my heart. So, find a quiet place (go hide in your closet or bathroom if you need to – I have!) and sit in the silence with God.
Ask God to be with you and to wash over your heart. Visualize God pouring his grace and mercy into your heart. Feel his loving arms around your shoulders. Release all that’s weighing on you and set it aside. Breathe and rest in him.
Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 61:1-2 NIV)
2) Let a song be your prayer
Is there a song that ministers to your weary heart? Put it on repeat and allow the song to be your prayer.
I recall another day when I was this tired and weary. I was at the end of my rope and I wasn’t sure how I’d plow through the work day ahead. I wanted to be anywhere but there. I put the song “Worn” by Tenth Avenue North on repeat, plugged the ear buds into my ears, and allowed the song to be my steady prayer throughout that day. The words became the cry of my heart. By the end of the day I’d shifted from clinging to the words of ache to the words of hope. I knew I’d get through this season and felt restored.
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. (Isaiah 40:29-31 NIV)
3) Pray from your heart
When I’m in this state of intense weariness and in such need of God’s restoration in my life, I sometimes skip straight to the heart of my prayer. I’m too worn out and in need to spend a lot of time in other parts of prayer, so I cut to the chase and pour out my heart. I lay it all out for God – the weariness, the burdens, the mistakes I’ve made, the request for him to step in and help.
Sometimes it’s a short prayer, maybe even a few words I repeat over and over throughout my day. Other times, I spend more time in prayer pouring it all out. Both are therapeutic in their own ways.
“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 NIV)
You may also want to pray from scripture (especially a verse you have memorized) or use a pre-written prayer, but when I’m in this place it’s sometimes too much to even do this much. My prayers are more elemental, more raw, more desperate. I sometimes struggle to even pause for prayer, much less find the words – mine or someone else’s.
3 PRAYERS FOR A WEARY SOUL
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Prayer Will Refresh and Restore Your Weary Soul
If you find yourself tired and weary, know you’re not alone. We all hit these moments, these seasons. So, know you’re in good company and turn to God, even if it feels like more than you can bear. I promise that turning to God is the one best thing you can do. Take hope in God when you’re feeling weary.
God can bring peace and restoration to your soul more than any night’s sleep or day off.
God can take the burden off your shoulders, even if the problems are still there.
God can provide the energy you need, more than any cup of coffee or energy drink.
God will carry through this if you’ll only ask.