A Prayer of Weariness

By Randy Alcorngirl praying


I AM WEARY, Lord…bone-tired.

Weary to the point of tears, and past them.

Your Word says you never grow weary;

But I know you understand weariness

Because once you dragged a heavy cross

up a long lonely hill—

Many times you had nowhere to lay your head—

And people who needed you pressed upon you

by day and by night.


My reservoir is depleted, almost dry.

For longer than I can remember I’ve been

Dredging from its sludgy underside

Giving myself and my loved ones the leftovers

Of a life occupied with endless tasks.

The elastic of my life is so stretched out of shape

It doesn’t snap back anymore.


Just once I’d like to say “It is finished,” like you did.

But you said it just before you died.

I guess my job won’t be over till my life is

And that’s OK Lord,

If you’ll just give me strength to live it.


Deliver me from this limbo of half-life;

Not just surviving, but thriving.

You who know all, You who know me

Far better than I know myself—

Deposit to my account that as I spend myself

There may be always more to draw from.


Give me strength

To rest without guilt…

To run without frenzy…

To soar like an eagle

Over the broad breathless canyons of the life

You still have for me both here and beyond.


Written in 1986 and now located at the front of  Randy and Nanci’s new book Help for Women Under Stress

randy alcornMore about Randy

Randy Alcorn is an author and the director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching principles of God’s Word and assisting the church in ministering to the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world. He is the bestselling author of over forty books (seven million in print), including Heaven; If God is Good; Money, Possessions and Eternity; The Treasure Principle; Courageous; and the 2002 Gold Medallion novel of the year, Safely Home.

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2 Comments to “A Prayer of Weariness”

  1. Christina says:

    Love this prayer!