Pray for:
Mental Health
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Psalm 147:3 - "God heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”

Psalm 94:18-19 - “When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”

Many people, even during this pandemic, have been struggling in this area of mental health. During this fast, it is important we are praying for our own mental health, for the mental health of those we know, and for those in our community.

How does God view our mental health?

God created human beings perfectly. Our spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, and relational health were each 100%. But when Adam and Eve chose to sin, this perfect health was broken. Our spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, and relational health could never again be perfect (until Jesus returns and restores all things!).

So, God understands that we will struggle at times. He knows that our thinking will sometimes get off track, that the chemicals in our brains will sometimes not be as they should be, and that our hearts will be broken by the brokenness in this world.

Yet, He still desires for us to walk in wholeness and that includes our mental health. He is in the business of transformation, and He has promised to renew us — body, mind, and spirit — day by day.

Through the Bible there are all kinds of people suffering, languishing, and isolated.

One example is the story of the prophet, Elijah, in 1 Kings 19. Elijah was struggling with depression. God did not judge or punish Elijah, but instead, God provided for Elijah. He sent food (physical health), acknowledged Elijah’s feelings (mental health), stayed with him (relational health), and restored Elijah while he rested (spiritual health).

Then Jesus reveals more of God’s heart for us. Jesus always made a point to reach out and identify with those who were struggling. He drew them in. Through Jesus’ actions with others, we see His care and concern for mental health challenges.

Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom of God was centrally concerned with things that we now consider to be the domain of mental health.

At the outset of his Galilean ministry, Luke 11 tells us that Jesus read in the synagogue a passage from the writings of the prophet Isaiah, which he took to summarise his mission. Jesus had good news for the poor, for those finding themselves held captive, and for those struggling with oppression. These are exactly the areas that people suffering from mental health struggle with today. We can then have no doubt that in our day, Jesus would see mental health as a priority within the context of his mission.

That’s our challenge now as we engage the reality of our own mental health and learn to be present for those around us who need our support.

When it comes to your own or others mental health - it is important to remember that there are both physical and spiritual solutions. Today, because we are fasting, we are focusing on the spiritual solutions. So it is important that we don’t diminish the power of prayer in this area of mental health. We need to fervently and consistently pray for others when they cannot do it for themselves. God desires for them to experience the freedom that He offers.

Pray God strengthens them where they are weak.
Pray for healing for the mind.
Pray for comfort for the heart.
Pray for peace for all anxious thoughts.
Pray that God would be the source of health and strength in their inner being.

2 Corinthians 4:16 - “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.”