Praying While Depressed

Anonymous asked:

I’m saved and I have a very hard time with my depression Im having trouble praying any advice? I know that not praying makes it worse but its gotten so hard and I am on antidepressants and see a doc.

I answered:

Depression does a real number on your perception of the world. Sometimes it just seems like there is a gray filter over everything. Depression plants lies in your brain. One of those is that there is nothing good in the world, which means there is nothing to be thankful for, and thankfulness is deeply related to prayer.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” If you don’t know where to start praying, thankfulness is a great place to start. 

There is a seeming catch-22 here because of course being thankful is really tough to do when you are depressed. So start small. It doesn’t have to be eloquent or big to count as prayer. Thankfulness for good weather, someone doing something nice for you, a tasty meal, that today was better than yesterday; that stuff counts. If you can only muster being thankful for your salvation and the antidepressants, that’t fine. That is prayer.

Thankfulness gets the conversation going. Maybe you are too angry or sad to feel thankful. Telling God that is prayer. Maybe you are thankful for what you have, but that makes you think of something else you want. Telling God that is a prayer.

Another big lie that depression puts in your brain is “it’s not worth it.” Depression will try to convince you that seeing people, doing anything good for yourself, pretty much any form of trying, isn’t worth the effort. 

Prayer is worth it. You have the ability to communicate with almighty God whenever you want to, and it doesn’t have to be a big production. No special outfit or slitting an animal’s throat required. You just have to talk, or even think, and God hears you.

You did incredibly brave things by getting help for your depression, and I bet there was a time when you though “this isn’t worth it. This isn’t going to help.” But you did it, and it’s better than it was. With prayer, you can start small, you can try it whenever you want, and God is always there ready to listen.

 

-Matt from The Bridge

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