From pastor Scotty Smith:
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Ps. 43:5
Dear heavenly Father, I come to your throne of grace today on behalf of those who struggle with depression, in its different forms. I have friends who live all along the axis of mild melancholy to suicidal depression, and I’ve experienced the pain of a distressed and disconnected heart myself. Father of mercies, teach us how to love in the dark places.
Thank you for rescuing me from simplistic views of depression I used to embrace. It’s not as simple a condition as I used to think. David asked the right question in his season of duress: “Why, my soul, are you downcast?” (Ps. 43:5). Indeed, Father, what are the various reasons for a downcast, disturbed soul, and what does hoping in you look like for each? Show us, and prepare us to love sufferers to your glory.
For friends whose depression is spiritually generated—the pain of living with no sense of the wonders of your love, the riches of your grace, and the peace of the gospel. Father, whether they are believers or not, draw them to yourself, in fresh, palpable and healing ways.
Father, for friends who suffer from depression generated by physiological reasons, lead them to the right kind of medical care and counsel. Help us to be understanding of the complexities involved in their condition and care. Give us wisdom and patience, and grace and kindness to care for them.
Father, for friends who suffer from depression fueled by demonic influence… a part of me doesn’t even want to acknowledge that this is an issue; but how can I read your Word and dismiss the activity of the powers of darkness? His condemning, blaming, and shaming voice is enough to generate the deepest forms of despair. Show us how to pray and walk with those under the sway of our defeated, fury-filled foe (Rev. 12:12).
With the Psalmist, I do and I will yet praise you, my Savior and my God. My hope is in you, Father—for me and for all of my brokenhearted, struggling friends. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ compassionate and victorious name.