Need Prayer for Depression?
Depression affects over 18 million adults in the United States every year, and it is the leading cause of disability for ages 15-44. Depression is the primary reason for suicide, accounting for one death approximately every 12 minutes.
The umbrella of depression includes Major Depressive Disorder, related mood disorders, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, and suicide (according to the DSM V). Additionally, the persistent feelings of sadness and loss associated with major depression can lead to other behavioral and physical symptoms.
It is commonly treated with medication, therapy, or a combination of the two.
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Thrive in a life with chronic illness.
All those who are affected by chronic physical and mental illness are invited to experience radical hope and compassionate change as you are equipped through community and education rooted in Jesus Christ.
A Prayer for Depression
I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:1-2
Oh, there are times when we feel so trapped in the mud and mire, moments when it seems we can do nothing but wait. Help us Lord, to see that Your are the One who is turned toward us and listening for our deepest heart’s cry. Even when we cannot utter a sound, You are planning the way to lift us out of the pit of depression. Help us to see that You are the rock, and You will set us firmly right there in Your Presence. Help us to hold onto You when there seems to be no place to stand. Thank You for Your own Words for us.
In the name of Your Son, Jesus, we pray,
Posts About Depression
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This 10-chapter study invites participants to experience radical hope and compassionate change in a life with chronic illness.
No matter how dark the days, how wild the storm, how deep the valley, or how long the winter, there is hope.
There is always hope.
What if purpose looks different than we believe?
This 10-chapter study invites participants to release cultural and traditional definitions of purpose, and instead, to embrace God’s – a timeless definition rooted in His Word and as refreshing as a gentle spring rain.
This 10-chapter study powerfully reminds us that our value isn’t found in what we can or cannot do, but in Christ alone. Regardless of what we’ve lost through chronic illness, this isn’t the end of our story, for in spite of our circumstances, in the midst of the hard, when we’re not sure we can take even one more breath, God is still good.
Dr. Bengtson writes with deep compassion, blending her training and faith, to offer readers a hope grounded in God’s love and grace. She helps readers understand what depression is, how it affects them spiritually, and what, by God’s grace, it cannot do. The result is an approach that offers the hope of release, not just the management of symptoms.
For those who struggle with depression and those who want to help them, Hope Prevails offers hope for the future.
Even the most faithful, focused Christians can encounter periods of depression and spiritual darkness when joy seems to stay just out of reach. It can happen because of sin, satanic assault, distressing circumstances, or hereditary and other physical causes. In When the Darkness Will Not Lift, John Piper aims to give some comfort and guidance to those experiencing spiritual darkness.
Readers will gain insight into the physical side of depression and spiritual darkness, what it means to wait on the Lord in a time of darkness, how unconfessed sin can clog our joy, and how to minister to others who are living without light.
Elizabeth Ruth Skoglund
“I would go into the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit; it is good for me to have been afflicted that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary” – Charles Spurgeon
Millions read the words of the great nineteenth-century preacher Charles Spurgeon without knowing that his ministry succeeded during seasons of overwhelming emotional pain. Bright Days, Dark Nights offers a first look for many at the deep depression this great man of God encountered. Spurgeon confronted emotional problems with an acceptance based on physical, emotional, and spiritual causes and cures.