5 Prayers for the Overwhelmed Homemaker
In this article: Scripture based prayers for the homemaker who feels overwhelmed.
Discombobulated. (How do you like that word?)
These are all words that have defined how I feel about homemaking at some point or another. That last one has been especially apropos lately, and the only word I could find to describe how I feel inside.
Do you ever feel:
- Like you don’t know where to start
- Frustrated that no one is helping
- Confused as to why you got nothing done today
- Defeated that you can’t seem to run the household smoothly
You are not alone!
I think most if not all of us feel that way sometimes. Many are the days I have found myself in tears, wondering what on earth I could do differently.
Sometimes there are solutions that help free up my time so I don’t feel overwhelmed (3 Ways to Simplify Homemaking When You're Overwhelmed), sometimes I need better systems and routines (a letter to the wife with the filthy house), but very often I have come to realize that there’s not a whole lot I can do to change the fact that I feel so overwhelmed.
I am constantly tuning up and tweaking things to make things go as smoothly as I can, but the fact of the matter is that life is not always smooth or easy and many of the circumstances that make the road bumpy are out of my control.
So even though I recommend being wise with our routines and learning ways to take the overwhelm out of homemaking, it’s even more important to recognize our need for the Lord. Circumstances beyond our control remind us the He is in control.
We ought to spend more time seeking his face and casting ourselves upon Him in complete dependence than we do in trying to control our circumstances to become less overwhelming.
With that in mind, I want to share some Biblically based prayers for the homemaker who feels overwhelmed:
1. Pray that your thoughts would be clear and undistracted.
When you don’t know where to start or how to organize your day, pray that God would direct your steps and give you wisdom to know how to prioritize things.
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. (Proverbs 16:3)
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. (Psalm 37:23)
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)
2. Pray for physical health and strength.
If you suffer from any type of chronic illness, you are well aware that the brain fog and fatigue that accompany it contribute to feeling completely overwhelmed. When you can’t think clearly and when you’re always behind on the housework because you are physically unable to take care of it, things can become so out of control that you don’t even know where to begin.
Pray that God would grant you just enough strength to do what He wants you to do today (and remember that might look different than what you would like to get done today.)
Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11)
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
3. Pray that you will be diligent in your work.
Perhaps you’re behind and overwhelmed because you just haven’t been as diligent as you ought and now things have piled up. Pray that the Holy Spirit would remind you to be diligent today as you take care of your home and family.
The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. (Proverbs 13:4)
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. (Proverbs 10:4)
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. (Proverbs 14:1)
4. Pray that you will not be distracted by things that do not matter.
So many things fight for our attention throughout the day. Some of them are important, some not so important, and some are somewhere in between. As you seek the Lord above all, all of the other things will fall into place. Pray that you would remember to focus on Him above all else and not to stress about the rest.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:33-34)
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
5. Call out to the Lord in complete dependence upon him.
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (Psalm 61:2)
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10)
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)