Several months ago, a reader wrote to ask if I’d consider creating a dedicated Prayer for Caregivers. After perusing all my other free printable prayer guides, she felt this would be a helpful addition.
Since this reader has herself served in such a role for many years, she had some great suggestions for what should be included in such a prayer and even proposed an outline for me to use, which I gladly did.
[If you’d like a printable version of the prayer that resulted from our combined efforts, just scroll to the bottom of this post.]
A Prayer for Caregivers
C is for a Consideration
Lord, give them a thoughtful, caring, and humble heart. Posture them to serve the one in their charge with love, patience, and sincerity. Philippians 2:3-4; 1 Peter 4:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:14
A is for advocation
Enable and equip them to effectively support the weak and to speak boldly on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. Romans 15:1; Psalms 82:3-4
R is for rejoicing
God, grant them a happy heart that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Teach them to laugh, have fun, and take pleasure in every blessing, small and large. Philippians 4:4; Proverbs 17:22
E is for empathy
Lord, fill them with love and sympathy. Help them treat those in their charge the way they’d wish to be treated themselves if the tables were turned. Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 7:12
G is for grace
Lavish Your grace and mercy upon them, O God. Help them graciously address physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs of those in their care. Galatians 6:9; John 1:16; Ephesians 1:7-8, 2:7
I is for insight
Give them an extra measure of wisdom, discernment, and understanding, Lord, as they interact with the persons for whom they are caring. James 1:5; Proverbs 3:21-22, 8:14
V is for Victory
God, grant them victory over discouragement and depression. Do not allow them to give into fear, anxiety, self-pity, or resentment. Keep their eyes fixed on you. Romans 8:37-39; Philippians 4:6-7
E is for encouragement
Lord, bless and encourage the hearts of both the caregivers and the ones being cared for. Send supportive friends who will listen, pray, and help in practical ways. Ephesians 4:29; Hebrews 10:23-25
R is for respite
Teach them to bring all their heavy burdens to You, Jesus. Carry the load with and for them. Give them the rest and relief their souls so desperately need. Matthew 11:28-29; Jeremiah 31:25; Proverbs 3:24
S is for strength
God, help them recognize their inability to do anything apart from your enabling strength. Renew it daily. Perfect it. Teach them to glory in their weakness, to wait upon you, and to proclaim with conviction, “I can do all things through Christ!” Isaiah 40:29-31; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Philippians 4:13
I’ve included two printable versions of this Prayer for Caregivers — one in black and white, and the other in color — so take your pick by clicking on the desired link above.
Thank you! May God bless you and your family with a wonderful Resurrection weekend!
Aaress Lawless says
Thank you so much! The timing of this was perfect as I have been going through some hard days this week with my dad who has Alzheimers. Having the verses linked above was an extra special blessing as they refreshed my soul!
Jennifer Flanders says
I’m so glad it was timely and encouraging. I’m praying for you this morning, that God will continue to give you grace and strength while caring for your father.