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A Prayer for the Caregiver Who Feels Invisible

Posted on Mar 14, 2019   Topic : Inspirational/Devotional, Men's Christian Living, Women's Christian Living


In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. Psalm 18:6 NIV

It’s happened yet again. A well-meaning friend or acquaintance has asked about your care recipient, while you stand by and wonder, “Don’t I matter too?” As you pour yourself out for someone else, you may feel forgotten. Invisible.

Maybe your care recipient is so covered in prayer that he’s nestled in a place of peace. A giant bubble of grace surrounds him, sustaining him through this trial, but you’re left on the outside. You find yourself fighting exhaustion and weakness with no armor to stand firm—no prayer circle girding you with strength.

My friend, when it seems as though everyone looks past you, remember that you’re seen and loved by God. He offers comfort not only to your care recipient; He offers comfort to you. This season may leave you feeling invisible, but you can always call on your Savior. He promises to listen, care, and provide.

Will you turn to Him now?

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Dear Lord,

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.


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