Can I pray my mental health condition away?
Sometimes, it seems as though mental health conditions are not taken seriously by some Christians.
You get hit with the:
‘’It is the work of the devil’
‘’It is not your portion’’
It’s all well and good for people to say these things, however, some people are still leaving church exactly as they were when they walked in, and continue to walk around with a smile on their face even though they are slowly dying inside.
We need to change how we respond to mental health within the Christian community.
It is important that we unite and pray for our brothers and sisters battling with these conditions. As in James 5:15 it says:
‘’And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well’’.
However, it’s all good praying for your friend/family member to be healed, but when was the last time you picked up the phone and called them to find out how they are actually doing?
Alongside praying, we should also be supporting and encouraging them on a daily basis.
Often we have ideologies about what our healing should look like. An instantaneous healing is not always the case.
‘’FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD’’ (James 2:26)
Mark 2:1-5; 10-12:
When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. 2 Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, 3 four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. 4 They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. 5 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”
10 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, 11 “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
12 And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”
The paralysed man was healed through faith but he had to be moved to receive his healing.
Sometimes we have to move to receive our healing. You may have to step out of your comfort zone and reach out to family members, friends and healthcare professionals. Healing is a process, and yes you can be healed through faith, but that healing can come in numerous ways:
Through the love and support of your friends and family
Through continuous prayer
Through the word of God
Through professional help
Everyone’s journey to healing will be different and consist of a different combination of these factors.
Mental health conditions can be very crippling and there are so many of us battling with our mental health. It is not something that should be taken lightly and it shouldn’t be battled alone. There are many mental health services available (I will leave the link below). Please do not suffer in silence, reach out to friends and family members that can support you and if necessary to the mental health services available.
Link to mental health services in England:
God bless our writer Bernie for writing this xx