You just found what we hope will become one of the most important sections of our website. Prayer can move mountains. Very often, it's difficult to remember this in the midst of a mental health crisis or situation.
Let's Be Clear
We don't want to imply in any way that mental health issues are simply caused by a lack of faith or that they can be overcome solely through a closer relationship to God. Noted Christian psychiatrist, Daniel Amen, states that there are several components to mental health. These include the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual. Prayer addresses the spiritual component.
Lord, Teach Us to Pray
"One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray..." (Luke 11:1 NIV) Jesus' answer to this question was to teach the "Lord's Prayer" to his disciples. We too can ask Jesus to teach us to pray... for those living with mental health concerns.
Remain in Him
In John 15:4, we read, "Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me." As we ask Jesus to teach us how to pray, our prayers become more effective by remaining in Him as we pray.
Be Mindful But Not Afraid
It is worthwhile remembering Jesus' warning in John 10:10 that, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy." Keep in mind that your prayers have an enemy. The mental health concerns that you may be praying over are opposed. The good news is that Jesus goes on to say, "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." Going further, in John 16:33 Jesus says even more directly, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus tells us there is hope!