You are our Great Physician, our Great Healer. And LORD, there's some healing that needs to happen.
Jesus, I pray for those being crushed under the weight of anxiety and depression. I pray for their hearts, heavy-laden and worn thin. I pray for their eyes, downcast and darkened with tears. I pray for their minds, shackled to despair and loneliness. I pray for their hands, tempted to do harm to find a false healing. I pray for their voices, silenced by fear and shame.
LORD! I pray they would run to You and hold on for dear life. I pray they would bury themselves in Your Word, allow hope to take root, and that brilliant new life would rise out of Your holy promises. I pray that they would know that this is NOT how you intended them to live. It's not their fault, Lord...it's not their fault. It's not a choice they made or a feeling they can "snap out" of. It's a wicked weapon of the enemy, a cancer that attacks the mind and soul.
I pray that they know that though their wound is invisible, it is not insignificant. God, can they know that? Can they know that they deserve to be healthy and whole...simply because they are Your Child?
I pray that they would be set free from shame, that they would have the courage to speak and ask for help and healing. I pray they FIGHT for it and FIND it. I pray that family, friends, churches, doctors and counselors would be full of grace and understanding towards them. I pray they wouldn't see shame in the pills or the counselor's office, but see instead the tangible avenues You're bringing healing through. God, I pray that their own pride would move out of the way.
The enemy schemes for us to live in bondage and fear. YOU desire for us to have life and freedom. Indeed, you DIED to give it to us. But oh sweet Jesus, you didn't stay in the grave. Neither should they. Lord, lead them into the light of newness of life.
"The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
"For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our LORD." Romans 8:38-39
Rachel is a woman redeemed by Jesus. She's married to Hans, dog-mom to Banjo (who Hans didn't like at first because Rachel initially loved the dog more than him) and about to start her last semester in college. Rachel is a stereotypical blogger because she loves coffee and journals and succulents, but she also only owns one purse. So that's not very stereotypical.
Rachel tried fighting depression on her own for years until she decided it was a dumb idea. She's currently on anti-deppresants and in counseling. Praise Jesus.
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