I know the importance of prayer for depression.
I struggle with depression on a semi-regular basis and know just how debilitating it can be.
You feel like the darkness will never lift. Like you’re trapped under a cloud. That it’s always winter and never Christmas. That you’re walking around in a constant fog of gloom and doom. Depression is a terrible companion. It sucks the life out of you.
And in addition to depression, I also struggle with anxiety consistently. My body often feels like there are 10,000 gallons of adrenaline coursing through it. I’m consistently in fight or flight mode, feeling like something very bad is happening even when everything is okay.
And when both depression and anxiety are happening simultaneously, it’s a big ol’ mess.
Mental illness is definitely no joke.
When I’m in the midst of a depressive funk, I desperately need God. I need him to sustain me and deliver me and hold me up. I need him to keep me close to him. I need him to lift my head.
I need to pray.
Prayer for depression is incredibly important.
But here’s the rub. When I’m depressed, it’s much harder to pray. I feel so low that I don’t even know what to pray. I need guidance and direction. I need help when it comes to prayer for depression.
The remedy? I need to know what to pray beforehand. Before I’m in the gloom of depression. Before I’m stuck in the mire of despair.
That’s what this post is all about. Here are FIVE prayers for depression to lift up to God when you find yourself in the darkness.
Prayer For Depression #1: Trusting God
Father, I don’t understand why I’m going through this dark depression. I don’t understand why you’ve allowed me to sink so low. I confess that I often feel confused in the midst of this darkness.
But I know that I can trust you. I know that you are good, that you love me, and that you are still doing good to me, even when I can’t see it. I know that you are a faithful God and that everything you do is for my good and your glory.
As it says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
I thank you that you are working this depression for my good. I don’t understand how it can be good, but I believe your word. I firmly believe that you will use this darkness to make me more like Jesus.
So I lift this prayer for depression to you. I trust you to do good to me even when I can’t see your goodness.
Prayer For Depression #2: Hope
Lord, right now I feel hopeless. When I look around, everything seems dark and dim. Like there is no good in my life. As if I’m wandering through a bleak desert with no sign of an oasis. I can’t find anything to hold on to, and I feel as though this depression will never end.
I feel like David, who said in Psalm 13:1, “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?”
Right now, please give me your abundant hope. In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, you say, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction…”
I thank you that you are the God of all comfort and hope. Please comfort me right now. Give me hope for the future. Restore again the joy of my salvation. Please refresh me with your divine presence and give me hope according to your promises.
I lift this prayer for depression to you, trusting that you’re going to give me fresh hope.
Prayer For Depression #3: Encouragement
Father, I feel so alone in this depression. Most people don’t understand what I’m going through. When I tell people that I’m depressed, I often receive unhelpful advice. I know they mean well but it hurts nonetheless.
Please bring people into my life who can give me encouragement. Bring me into contact with people who can strengthen me and lift my head.
In Proverbs 18:24 you say, “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
I need a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Who will be with me as I walk through this darkness. Who will bear this burden with me. Who will strengthen me when I’m tempted to doubt.
I offer this prayer for depression to you, believing that you hear it and will answer me. Thank you, Father.
Prayer For Depression #4: Healing
Lord, I know that depression is both a spiritual and physical affliction. Please bring healing to me. Bring life to my body. Please heal whatever is causing me to feel so bad all the time.
Jesus healed every person that asked him, and I know that the same Jesus sits upon the throne today. And so I come boldly to the throne of grace and ask you to bring supernatural healing to my body. Please restore me to good health, full of joy and life once again.
This depression reveals how dependent I am upon you. I need you to sustain my body and give me health. I need you to cause my brain to work properly. I need you to lift the darkness that seems to always encompass me.
I lift this prayer for depression, believing that you still heal today and are eager to answer my prayer.
Prayer For Depression #5: Strength
Father, right now it feels as though I have no strength. Like I’m stuck in the mud and can’t get out. Everything feels too big and overwhelming to handle. My strength is sapped and I find myself unable to do much, if anything.
In Psalm 3:3, you tell me, “But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.”
Lord, right now I need you to lift my head. To give me spiritual, emotional, and even physical strength. To refresh me with your grace and mercy. To give me the grace simply to get out of bed and do the things you’ve called me to do.
Lord, apart from you I can do nothing. I feel that more than ever right now. This depression is a reminder that I am weak and helpless apart from you. But I also thank you that you give strength to those who have no strength.
As I lift this prayer for depression, I remember Isaiah 40:31, which says, “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
I have faith that you, O Lord, will renew my strength. I am depending on you and waiting on you. I am hoping in you alone. I am trusting that you will strengthen me.