“Dear Heavenly Father,
I feel ashamed to admit that I suffer from depression. But, I must be honest with you; because you are the only one who can help me get through this.
For some reason, I have fallen into a dark pit and I don’t know the way out. There seems to be no light for me to cling to. I know that this is an illusion, because you are THE LIGHT.
When I read your word, to give me hope and strength, I get nothing from it. I feel blocked, stuck and unable to do anything to save myself. That is why I am coming to you.
I am getting my armor of God on. I am putting on the shoes of peace, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith and the word of God—which is my sword of the spirit. Lord, please cover my armor with the blood of Jesus.
Lord, in the name of Jesus, I bind the demonic force of depression, hopelessness, insecurity, victim mentality, spiritual apathy, hindered bible reading and hindered bible understanding to the spirit of balak. I know that the Lord has good plans for me and for my future. The Lord is my hope and the joy of the Lord is my strength.
Lord, give me this joy that feels impossible to me right now. Show me the things that I should be thankful for. Give me the vision to look past this sadness and see the blessings that I have right around me. Help me to focus on the good, and forget the imperfect and bad things that are only dragging me further into this deep pit.
Please send me friends that I can pray with, people and situations that will be inspiring. Help me to reach out to others no matter how sad I feel and pass a smile onto another. That smile will give me strength to give another. This in turn, will feed the world what it needs: happiness. Lord please allow that happiness that I pass onto others to blossom in my own heart and let it grow like a weed.
Give me the wisdom to know when my depression has reached a point where I might need to turn to others for further help (with counseling and medication). Take my pride and prejudice against the things that will help me and bind them in the name of Jesus. Help me to do all that I can in the natural world to help myself.
As I get proper rest, avoid stress as much as possible, diminish contact with people that bring only stress and hurt to me, continue to be wise in feeding my body with the proper nutrition and supplements that I need and continue the treatments recommended to me by my doctors and therapists, help me to get strong in you.
I promise to dedicate my healing on a spiritual level as well; as all forms of depression are an indirect result from spiritual negligence.
Lord, you can heal my body and my soul and I ask that you help me find the verses and support I need within my church community to start bringing myself up to the level that you have built me for. Lead me to the verses that will build up my strength and confidence to fight back against the enemy when I start to go into depression again.
I know that this time, although it feels like an eternity, is only a temporary set-back. It will be used to bring me closer to you, have empathy for others (who suffer from depression) and make me stronger in the long run. Give me a supernatural confidence of the hope that you will provide complete healing of my emotions.
Lord, help me find the root cause of this depression so that I can regain all that I have lost. The motivation, activities and friendships that have been on hold because of my unstable state need to be brought back into my life.
Lead me to healthier habits, better choices and good friends that will support me in my restoration.
In Jesus’ precious name, I give my depression to you and I know that you will replace this ugly “demonic downer” with the joy of the Lord. Amen!”
Author: Julia Shalom Jordan
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