Seeking God’s help to keep depressive thoughts away – Prayer for November 26. Depression is a negative emotion which at times may result in a person feeling hopeless, dejected as well as in spiritual decline. It is also the feeling of severe despondency, misery, sorrow and gloom. Depression can derive from stress and anxiety, but God wants us to not live by how we feel, but to live aligned to His will and purpose for our lives. It is not God’s desire for His children to live a life of depression but of hope. Seeking for God’s help always important in difficult situations.
Bible Verse for Today
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Depression can also set in because doubt, fear of the unknown, uncertainty as well as family and relationship breakdown. As a result of unpredictable situations, a person may turn to alcohol or drug abuse, thus leading to depression setting in. But our Heavenly Father is a “God of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we too can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
Elijah the prophet experienced fear and depression, following his humiliation of Jezebel and King Ahaz. As a result of Jezebel’s anger, she called to her gods to deal with her severely, if she failed to destroy Elijah within 24 hours (1 Kings 19:2). By this, Elijah felt fear and anxiety, which led to severe depression, to the point that he wanted to die. Depression can also cause physical and spiritual fatigue (1 Kings 19:5) as in the case of Elijah.
Therefore, it is important that when experiencing depression, we seek God. Therefore, we must seek God, asking Him for help to eliminate distress, self-pity and fear. Just like Elijah, we must be honest with God about how we feel. He already knows our heart, as He is omniscient. We must never give up, regardless of how we may feel or how depressed we may feel. It is also essential that you rest and eat well (1 Kings 19:5-8) and be assured that God will never leave you or forsake you.
Seeking God’s Help Prayer for Today
Father, I am assured and have confidence that You have not given me the spirit of fear, but of power and of a sound mind. So, we pray asking that you will protect and cover our mind so that we will not fall into the trap of satanic forces of ‘depression’. We rebuke the spirit of depression over our lives, children and families in Jesus Name, Amen.
Also read: WISDOM COMES FROM GOD Prayer for November 25