Prayer for Healing from Depression
What About You?
Have you ever been treated for Depression?
Yeah. Have you ever said that? Someone asks how you are doing. And you smile that big fake smile and say, "I'm fine." When really you are screaming on the inside and praying they see through it to the truth. And then you wonder if they even really want to know. I heard two great acronyms once. F.I.N.E. stands for:
or my personal favorite:
10 Things I Really Want to Say When You Ask Me That
Can I tell you what I really want to say when someone asks me that question?
1. I am really screwed up in the head.
2. I don't know if I am going to make it.
3. I don't know how to stop ____.
4. I really would rather just die.
5. I have lost all hope.
6. I don't matter to anyone.
7. I lost myself somewhere and I don't know how to find me.
8. I don't think I will ever make it through this.
9. I just want to sleep forever.
10. If you really knew me, you would know I was NOT fine.
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You Are Not Alone
You are not alone. There was a time when I was deep in the grips of depression and I could not find my way out. I have been treated by Dr's, Counselors, Mental Health Professionals, Pastors, and more. But I still had hurt. I still had pain. And I didn't know how to change.
I read. I prayed. I confessed. I forgave - even the abusers that had hurt me. But there was still a hole in my heart. A hole that only God could fix.
One day, in the middle of a rainstorm I looked outside. I was thinking in my heart, 'where were you God when....' I thought during those dark times God left. The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart. "My raindrops are tears. I cried too." Jesus wept. And I believe He still does, every time someone hurts one of His kids. That storm changed my attitude - and the depression left. God filled that emptiness with His love and grace and mercy. And I am still learning to let Him in...
The Battle for Your Mind
Yes, there really is a battle going on in your mind. You are not imagining it. I am not a Dr. This is not a medical post, it is a spiritual post. There are plenty of Hubs out there about the medical things to do to help if you are feeling depressed. Yes, it can start out medical. It can start out physical. But in my experience, if not dealt with, it will grow. And become worse. But there is an answer. There is healing. I have experienced it. I had depression more than once. But today, I am healed. And you can be healed too. It may be physical, emotional, spiritual, or a combination. But I urge you - get help today. It does not have to stay this way.
There were many in the Bible that dealt with depression. Think about Job - he lost everything - in one day. Who wouldn't be depressed after that? That is a normal response in grief and loss. And after chapter upon chapter of arguing and trying to figure out, "why" he stopped and asked God. And God answered. And God restored. And Job healed, and so did his friends. Job's depression was situational. Yours may be too. Trust that this situation will pass - God promised.
Think about Jonah. He really did not want God to save the Ninevites. Three days in the belly of a whale and he said ok. He went. But with a bad attitude. He complained the whole time. He wanted to see those people go down. But God had other plans. Jonah pouted under a vine, until that withered too. But God saved the people anyway. Jonah had unforgiveness in his heart. He did not want to forgive the Ninevites for their past. And it hurt him, It paralyzed him. Perhaps there is someone in your past that you need to forgive - not for them, but for you. Don't stay in the prison of pain - release them to God. He will deal with the wrongs done to you. He promised.
Raindrops Are Tears
Prayer for Healing from Depression
I am not asking "why?" today. You know all things and You know why. You know how I really feel. I am so tired of pretending. I am not ok. I know that this is not who you made me to be. I do not feel free. You promised me that I would have life and life more abundantly. I ask you to put people and help in my path. Let me trip over them Lord if that's what it takes. Direct my steps Lord, I don't want to stay this way. You are my hope, You are my Savior, You are my Help.
Let the Holy Spirit lead me out of the darkness and into your marvelous light. I rebuke the spirit of depression in me and my family. I don't care how many generations we may have battled it, the buck stops here. Enough. It is finished. You said you would turn my mourning into joy, and the Joy of the Lord is my strength. Restore me Lord, as only You can. I cast depression into the abyss and release your amazing healing into me and my family, in Jesus Name.
Real Stories of Real People Overcoming Depression
What’s someone like me doing in a place like this? I wondered. It was my first admission to a hospital psychiatric ward; somewhere I had never expected to be.
- Depression in the Christian Family - Focus on the Family
Many godly, Christ-centered homes struggle with clinical depression. Here's one family's story.
© 2014 Diana Rasmussen