A prayer for when frustration needs encouragement


The easiest thing in the world is to get frustrated.

To get frustrated with ourselves
when we can’t do what we think we know how to do.
To get frustrated with others
when they don’t do what we think they should.
To get frustrated with you
when you don’t fix what we think you should.

When we’re stretched thin with fatigue and worry, it’s harder to stay encouraged.

So today, I ask you to encourage our hearts.

Even when others seem to make our work harder, help us to understand their lives, to provide for their needs, to find satisfaction and even delight in our good work.

And in our frustration, speak your peace, I ask.

Through Christ our Lord.



From God. We Still Need You: A Year of Pandemic Prayer and Practice from a Hospital Chaplain