It’s January, a month commonly known for depression and suicide, according to an December 2015 article on wwwstatnews.com by Sharon Begley.
It’s also been my experience as a caregiver. Depression hits hard this time of year. There are medical and physical reasons for this.
(I was reminding a young friend of this today as she goes to visit her sister with postpartum depression. Medical and physical reasons, dear. It’s not a sin issue, so deal gently.)
Once we get to mid March, the mood lightens. Spring is on its way.
You and I need our weapons of warfare prepped for battle right now. It’s stinkin’ tough to not get sucked into the negative mire.
1) Pray what Jesus taught His disciples, known as the Lord’s Prayer.
“Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors,
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
I noticed a similar prayer in Isaiah 64.1 “Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down….” Is. 64
Job prayed this prayer, too, and God spoke to him directly!
Father, please come!
Please work do your kingdom work right now in my family.
Please deliver us from all the evil that illness inflicts.
Lead us not into any temptation to sin.
Provide for our physical and emotional needs.
Bring Yourself glory through our fragile lives.
2) Prayer of confession: talk to God about any known sins. Sin weighs one down.
6 But we all are as an unclean thing,
and all our righteousness is as filthy rags;
and we all fade as a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
7 There is no one who calls on Your name,
who stirs up himself to take hold of You;
for You have hidden Your face from us
and have consumed us because of our iniquities.
Sound familiar? Remind you of Romans 3:23?
Remember the promises of Psalm 51, a prayer of confession of King David.
Then look at 1 John 1:9. Faithful, amazing forgiveness through our Faithful Jesus!
3) Pray the following prayer of surrender. Even the pain and suffering is part of His plan.
“8 But now, O Lord, You are our Father;
we are the clay, and You are our potter;
and we all are the work of Your hand.
9 Do not be wrathful beyond measure, O Lord,
nor remember iniquity forever;
look upon us, we pray,
we all are Your people.” Isaiah 64: 8-9
The chronically ill and disabled, the seeming lepers of society, are still part of His handiwork and kingdom.
Though original sin in the Garden of Eden created the DNA flaws, The Master Potter knows and cares about each vessel in all our unique flaws and sin issues. ( Not saying the DNA issues are sin. They are not. How we respond to them is a matter of good or evil.)
Ask for His presence to be known to you. “LOOK upon us, we pray, we are ALL Your people.”
Anyone who comes to the Father through Jesus Christ in faith and repentance can pray this prayer.
“The Lord takes pleasure in those that fear Him, in those that hope in His mercy.” Psalm 147:11
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in HOPE through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13
While I would rather skip right over winter, maybe I would not appreciate the faith, hope, and courage God grants to my spouse and I to fight through it.
Hope these prayers help keep you and I on track and encouraged. Pray on, dear sisters! Maybe this will be our favorite winter yet.