Pain, struggle, and healing

Prayer For A Hurting Girl

Dear Father, 

 I know she’s hurting again. I know there are so, so many emotions weighing her down right now. Emotions that come from school, her friends, her family, and her job. From the day to day drama that plagues every girl, to her struggles with mental health, the way she looks, and her physical health. 

She’s facing challenges far bigger than she can conquer on her own, and she doesn’t know what to do. As the emotions continue to strengthen, growing worse and worse, she collapses. Broken, wilted, feeling like a complete mess. She wants to let go.

Struggling, she feels unseen, uncared for, and unloved by those around her, even by you. I pray that you will show her that this is so very far from the truth. Reveal to her your love, your unconditional, overwhelming, never-ending, and never-changing love. 

As she wonders if anyone cares, if anyone sees her, show her that you care. You see her, you created her, and you know her better than anyone else does. You love her more than words can express, and that will never, ever change. Assure her of this fact, Lord, and fill her with this truth. 

Please fill this girl with peace, Lord. Let her know that it’s going to be okay. Even through these emotions that she cannot control, or these events in her life that keep getting worse, sustain her with your peace. Allow her to rest in you, to relax in the knowledge that you love her, and you will protect her. 

In the midst of the storm, you are there, and you will never let her go. Although she can’t stop the emotions, although stress, anxiety, and fear for her future continue to bog her down, allow her to feel the peace you give, to cling to that, and to hope in you.

Lord, I pray that you would fill this girl with hope. There are so many things in this life to distract her from your hope. So many things she thinks will save her, yet they always fall short. Help her to see that you and you alone are the only one who can save her. More than that, you will save her. You are her rescuer, her redeemer. With this realization, give her the strength to hold to you. Fill her with your hope.

I pray that through this hope, you will give her the strength to carry on. Let it fill her with a joy in you. Not like a normal, fleeting joy, that will disappear as soon as life strikes once more, but a joy that comes from you. A joy that comes from an ever present hope in your love for her, that will never fade, but will sustain her through life. 

Oh Lord, please provide for this girl. I know you care about her and love her more than she can ever comprehend. Comfort her, when she comes to you in the midst of her struggles. Do not let her suffer alone. Surround her with friends, mentors, and family who will build her up. People who care about her, listen to her, and strive to point her toward you and your love in everything they say. 

Guide these people, so that they might direct her to you. Show her the truth in their words. Reveal to her that she can’t get through this on her own, she needs you. She needs your salvation, your love, and your hope in her life. I pray that you would help her to realize this, and accept it. Let her rest in the knowledge that you are enough, so she doesn’t have to be. 

We’ve all battled with emotions, Lord. We all know the struggles they can bring, the overwhelming emotions that make it feel like the world is ending. Please, show your Rose that it isn’t over. You are there for her, your love for her overflowing, your arms always open to embrace your daughter. No matter what she’s done, said, or thought, your love for her never changes. 

Strengthen her, Lord. Use these struggles she is going through to forge her into the person you want her to be; the caring, loving, daughter of God that you are making her into. Allow her to see how you are using these struggles in her life, how you are strengthening her through it all, and how you will always and forever love her. I pray that you would fill her with you, and you alone. 

In our Father’s name,


Julia Naus

Ever since she was little, Julia has loved to create things with words. As she’s grown in life, she’s seen and experienced how God’s love can restore and give hope. She writes with the goal of shining God’s light for others and pointing them toward a greater hope. As a contributing writer for the Wilting Rose Project, she hopes to encourage other young women, reminding them of the one who gives us our worth.

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