9 Kind Prayers For Aging Gracefully

Are you worried about aging gracefully?  Looking for prayers to help you pray about aging and your concerns?

These nine gracious and kind prayers about aging gracefully may be what you need to get started. You don’t need to worry if it’s okay to pray to God about aging. You can pray to God about anything, anywhere, as prayer is a conversation with God.  It’s not so much about getting the answers you want in prayer; it’s about growing closer to God.

Instead of worrying about aging, why not embrace it with joy?  Let the truth of God’s word speak to you as you read.

“Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” (Job 12.12, NIV).

Sure, we can have concerns as we grow older. What is my health going to be like? How long will I be able to stay active and independent? Will my grandkids visit?  Will I ever have grandkids? The questions can become endless if we let them. But we might be better served by seeing each birthday as a chance to see what God has done in our lives. And then, to look ahead at what God will do in and through our lives.

“We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.  All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.  Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” ( 2 Corinthians 4.14-16, NIV).

Aging gracefully might be as simple as letting God’s grace fill us and be poured out through us.  It can mean accepting God’s grace to protect us, encourage us, and guide us.

May these prayers be of help to you.  Feel free to modify any of these prayers to better suit your emotions and circumstances.

Short Prayer About Aging

Dear God, I am getting to a certain age where I think most of my life is behind me, not in front of me. I don’t want to be afraid of aging, so please help me to look forward with faith and look forward with trust in you. I ask that you keep me in good health with a sound mind. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Prayer for Aging Gracefully

Dear Lord, I feel odd about praying this prayer, but I want to age gracefully. I don’t want to become bitter about not being young anymore.  I don’t want to fret about what my body can or cannot do anymore either.  I don’t want to look in the mirror and see wrinkles, but a person who has lived a life and has more to go.

I want to feel at ease with my age and my body. Help me accept both my limitations and my possibilities.  Help me be able to see what I can do now that I couldn’t do when I was younger.

I am grateful for all that has happened in my life to bring me to this point. I give you thanks for directing me in my journey, and allowing me to pick up wisdom along the way. Through the successes and the challenges, you have been present with me.

I look forward to your presence and guidance each day now.  With each new year of life, I gain not just age, but strength in you.  In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

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Prayer for Worry About Wrinkles as a Man

God, I feel so full of vanity for praying this, but I believe you want to hear all about what is going on in my life and what I am feeling.  I’ve always heard that when a man ages, he becomes more handsome because the wrinkles give him “character.”

All I know is that when I see my reflection in the mirror, I just see wrinkles and sagging skin.  I just want to be at ease with who I am, at the age I am.  Please help me get a hold of a proper perspective on myself and my age and my looks.

I want to feel good about myself and life in the confidence of knowing I am your loved child.  Help me O God.  In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

Prayer for Worry About Wrinkles as a Woman

Father God, I am not liking how I am aging.  The wrinkles are increasing it seems by the day!  I hate to think I am just being vain, but here I am, praying to you about my wrinkles!

I’ve used all the different skin creams to try and slow the tide of aging washing over my face and body, but my skin’s elasticity is just not what it was when I was in my 20s. I guess I should accept that my smile lines and crow’s feet around my eyes are because I’ve had a happy life, with plenty of laughter and smiles.

Forgive my vanity, Lord.  Please help me live into this new season of life with confidence and joy.  Help me to accept myself as I am, a woman of a certain age.  Thank you for hearing my prayer, Father. It is in the name of Jesus I pray to you, Amen.

Prayer About Male Body Aging

Dear God, I feel like my body is falling apart.  My youthful body and its muscle tone are fading year by year.  I have less energy and some lowered sexual function from time to time.  My doctor tells me it’s because I have low testosterone but I don’t want to do all the stuff needed to increase it. I just know I don’t like what’s happening with my aging body right now.

I’m praying to you because I know I can’t go back and be young again.  And I don’t want to have some cliched mid-life crisis nonsense. I just want to live as active as I can and enjoy each day and the people I’m with.

Will you help me with accepting myself and my age?

I need direction in moving into this new arena of living, not with a resigned attitude, but with the confidence in knowing that you still have plans for me.  I pray for my body to be in good health.  Help me accept my new limits with peace.  Help me also step up to new challenges and grow. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.

Prayer About Female Body Aging

God, I hate what my body is doing as I grow older! One minute I’m fine and then, without any warning, I’m having my own private summer in the tropics and soaking my shirt with sweat!

Parts of my body that used to be up are now going down. My breasts sag and my rear end drops lower by the day it seems. Whatever muscle tone I had is gone and my skin just hangs.

Argh!  I don’t want to continue to be angry about my body but I need your help. I really don’t want to accept that my body is aging and will not be what it was in my youth.

My body is so tied to my identity and I’m having major problems right now, as you know!  Help me transition into a new season of life with more grace than I have right now.  Help me accept my body and see my identity in you, Lord.  And, can I get through menopause a bit more quickly, please?  In your Name, I pray, Amen.

Prayer About Aging Without My Husband

Dear God in heaven, I miss my husband and I am afraid of getting through each year now without him.  I am afraid of growing old without the love of my life to enjoy it with.  We always told each other we wanted to grow old together and now that’s not possible.  He’s gone.

I worry about being able to take care of everything as I age.  I depended on him for a lot that I now am going to have to handle, but I’m growing older.  Help me to age well, Lord.  Help me to do what needs to be done each day. I believe if I have a purpose each day, there is meaning to each new day and I can live into that.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer About Aging Without My Wife

O Lord, I do miss my wife.  Each new birthday reminds me that I’m a year older and another year past since she died.  I didn’t want to grow old without her, but that’s what I’m doing, it appears.  I don’t want to give up on life, or on my life, but I can’t seem to let go of the disappointments right now.

I am disappointed that she died and I couldn’t do anything to stop it.  I am disappointed that the things we dreamed about doing at a certain age are now no longer possible to do as a couple.  I guess I could still do them, but they wouldn’t have the enjoyment or meaning without her there to share them with.

I want to have a life without her as I age, but I don’t know how to do that, Lord.  Help me age gracefully in her absence, but with your presence.  In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.

Prayer About Being in Love as I Age

Dear Lord, I want to continue being in love as I age.  I don’t want my heart to shrivel up because of going through each day with emotional muscle memory or rote behavior.

I want to be in love, and stay in love each day. Let not my age get in the way of your love. Let your love flow through me to the ones I love. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.

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Concluding Thoughts

As you age, you may or may not like it.  You may embrace or worry about your aging and all that comes with growing older.  You may even have your children pray for you.

Aging doesn’t have to be a bad thing, or even a challenge.  It can be an opportunity to live into what can be the best years of your life.

Gray hair is a crown of splendor;
    it is attained in the way of righteousness” (Proverbs 16.31, NIV).

Let your aging be a time of splendor with God guiding you.  As you pray, open your heart and mind to what God has for you in the way of righteousness.

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