Prayer: Lift from me my yoke, O Christ

Take me and draw me into Your arms blessed Jesus. My burdens are heavy and my struggles are great. They weigh on my spirit and they crush my soul as I feel them pushing me to the depth of despair. It feels as if hopelessness and pain dig a pit to cast me into as darkness surrounds me and all I seem to know is the hurt that grips my heart.

I don’t know how long I can live like this. I don’t know how long I can suffer in the sorrow that has taken hold of me. I know that this is the day in which the Lord has created and that I should rejoice and be glad in it, but joy is so far from me as misery takes me in its gloomy hands and squeezes the life from me. It takes the precious gift of life and strips the meaning from it as it leaves me but the crumbled wreck of my hurt and pain.

But you, O Lord, are near to the brokenhearted. You, O Christ, are the great physician, healing the sick and giving hope to the downtrodden. You promise that if I cast my burdens to Your feet You will take my yoke upon You, lifting it from my shoulders and give me the strength and courage that I need to meet every challenge and every struggle that this life can hold. Look then upon me with Your grace and Your mercy, give unto me Your peace and Your love, letting Your hope shine within my life.

Take from me, O Savior, my cross as I kneel humbly and submissively before Your cross. Restore to me the joy of my salvation as the Spirit is renewed within me. Do not turn Your eyes from me, but look upon me now in my hour of deepest need and the time of my greatest struggle that You may know my burdens, and, in Your great compassion, heal me of them in the boundless, limitless love that you have for me as I rest in You, my refuge and my peace.

In Your blessed and holy Name, Amen.

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