Benefit From The Power Of Prayer
While for you are actively undergoing treatments, you would benefit a great deal by acknowledging the comfort through the power of prayer. The aim of this section is to share with you something that will not only help as you seek to free yourself from the dark depths of depression but also benefit you for the rest of your life.
The Power Of Prayer
Do you pray? Whether you are in the habit of praying or not, you may wonder: ‘Does it really do any good to pray? One writer expressed the view that prayer is just “a form of therapy. Some medical authorities have a similar view, calling prayer a form of “alternative medicine.”
Well, you might want to insist that there are no scientific studies that document the efficacy of prayer in the healing of depression or other forms of mental illness. Nevertheless millions have benefited from the real comfort they have derived from the power of prayer. The question right here is would you deprive yourself something that will truly benefit you because you don’t think it is scientific?
Prayer—What It Can Do for You
Before you embark on any endeavor, you might naturally wonder, ‘What’s in it for me?’ You can also ask this about prayer because you naturally want to know whether it does any good.
So, what can you expect if you make prayer a part of your life? Let us look at just some of the benefits.
- Gets you closer to your God. Prayer is far more than a religious routine or a type of mental therapy. God really does listen to prayer. If we pray in the right way and for the proper things, he will pay attention. In fact, he urges us to draw close to him. (James 4:8)
- Peace of mind. When problems and challenges arise in your life, do you feel overwhelmed with anxiety? The Bible encourages us to “pray constantly” at times like these and to let our “petitions be made known to God.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Philippians 4:6) The Bible assures us that if we turn to God in prayer, “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard [our] hearts and [our] mental powers.” (Philippians 4:7) We can gain a measure of tranquillity by pouring out our concerns to our heavenly Father. In fact, he encourages us to do so. “Throw your burden on God, and he will sustain you,” says Psalm 55:22.
“Throw your burden on God, and he will sustain you.”Psalm 55:22
Countless people the world over have experienced this peace. Hee Ran, from South Korea, says: “Even though I have serious problems, once I pray about them, I feel relieved of the burden and I feel I have the power to endure.” Cecilia, in the Philippines, relates: “Being a mother, I worry a lot about my daughters and my mother, who is now unable to recognize me. But because of prayer, I am able to go about my daily life with fewer worries
- Comfort and strength you need to cope with depression.
Are you facing extreme stress, perhaps even life-threatening or tragic circumstances? Praying to “the God of all comfort” can bring immense relief. The Bible says that he “comforts us in all our trials.” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)
Reginald, in Ghana, describes his experience with prayer: “When I pray, especially in times of overwhelming difficulties, I get a feeling of having told my problem to someone who has the means to help me and who assures me that there is no cause for alarm.” Yes, God can comfort us when we pray to him.
We All have a spiritual need.
Experts on human nature have observed that hundreds of millions of people feel a need to pray. Even some atheists and agnostics are included in this number. This attests to the fact that humans were created with a spiritual need. Jesus said: “Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need.” (Matthew 5:3) One way we can fill that need is by regularly communicating with God.
Interestingly God extends his hand of friendship to you. Friends communicate with each other to cultivate a good relationship. Likewise, God invites us to talk to him, opening the way for a warm friendship. He says: “You will call me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (Jeremiah 29:12) As you speak to God, you will “draw close to [him], and he will draw close to you.” (James 4:8) The Bible assures us: “Jehovah is near to all those calling on him.” (Psalm 145:18) The more we pray to him, the more our friendship with God will flourish.
God wants to help you
Jesus said: “Which one of you, if his son asks for bread, will hand him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not hand him a serpent, will he? Therefore, if you . . . know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more so will your Father who is in the heavens give good things to those asking him!” (Matthew 7:9-11) Yes, God invites you to pray because “he cares for you” and wants to help you. (1 Peter 5:7) He even invites you to go to him with your problems. The Bible tells us: “Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God.”—Philippians 4:6.
Prayer as much more than just a form of therapy. Your creator listens and he will help you with the power you need to cope.
Some Of Your Questions Answered
- Can Prayer Help if I Am Depressed?
Yes, because the best help comes from “God, Who comforts and encourages and refreshes and cheers the depressed.”—2 Corinthians 7:6, The Amplified Bible. Here are two ways the power of prayer is will be of benefit to you.
Strength. God “refreshes and cheers” you, not by removing all your problems, but by answering your prayers when you pray for the strength to cope. (Philippians 4:13) You can be sure that he’s ready to listen to you, for the Bible says: “God is near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” (Psalm 34:18) In fact, God can hear your call for help even if you can’t put your feelings into words.—Romans 8:26, 27.
Hope. Besides providing comfort now, God has promised to remove all the problems that lead to depression. When he fulfills that promise, “the former things [including depression] will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart.”—Isaiah 65:17.
- What if feelings of unworthiness make you think that your prayers are not being heard?
Depression may cause us to conclude that our attempts to please God are not adequate. However, our heavenly Father is sensitive to our fragile emotions, “remembering that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:14) Even if “our hearts may condemn us,” we can “persuade our hearts” that “God is greater than our hearts and knows all things.” (1 John 3:19, 20, footnote) Therefore, you can use expressions in your prayers that you glean from such Bible passages as Psalm 9:9, 10; 10:12, 14, 17; and 25:17.
- What if you are too distraught to put your feelings into words?
When painful emotions are so overwhelming that rational speech is difficult, do not give up! Keep approaching “the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort,” knowing that he understands your feelings and needs.(2 Corinthians 1:3)Maria says: “At times, when I feel very confused, I do not know what to pray about. But I know that God understands and helps me.”
Comfort many have received
Lorraine is strengthened by Jehovah’s promise found at Isaiah 41:10: “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not gaze about, for I am your God. I will fortify you. I will really help you. I will really keep fast hold of you with my right hand of righteousness.”
Álvaro says that the words of Psalm 34:4, 6 often console him: “I inquired of Jehovah, and he answered me, and out of all my frights he delivered me. This afflicted one called, and Jehovah himself heard. And out of all his distresses He saved him.”
Naoya says that reading Psalm 40:1, 2 always comforts him: “I earnestly hoped in Jehovah, and so he inclined his ear to me and heard my cry for help. . . . He firmly established my steps.”
Psalm 147:3 reassures Naoko that Jehovah “is healing the brokenhearted ones, and is binding up their painful spots.”
Jesus’ words recorded at Luke 12:6, 7 help Eliz trust in Jehovah’s care: “Five sparrows sell for two coins of small value, do they not? Yet not one of them goes forgotten before God. But even the hairs of your heads are all numbered. Have no fear; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
These are just a few examples of how the power of prayer have helped many cope. No doubt you too will get a measure of comfort when you put how you truly feel into a heartfelt prayer.
You may have been in this battle with depression for quite a while now, even when everything has been tried, including medical therapies. “I have tried everything,” a middle-aged woman said, “but the depression remains.”
This is the time you need comfort and relief the most. This you can only get when you pray and ask for help that is beyond human reasoning…which will not only comfort you but give you hope. Regular reading from pages of the bible will also enhance your positivity and improve your mental wellbeing giving you hope of permanent relief from all human ills.
Benefited from the power of prayer? Share your experience, we would love to hear from you too.
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