Comfort from God’s Word
Prayer when struggling with depression
Lord Jesus, as you walked this earth your heart ached for those who were hurting. Your compassion and tenderness reached out to lives shattered by sin and sadness. You saw people’s hearts. You saw their fears and their greatest need. Oh, Jesus how I need you to see my heart and my hurt, my sin and my sadness! I feel like you are so far away and I am so alone in my darkness. I feel unworthy of love and can barely lift my heart to think of you. But you are there. I know you are there and I know how desperately I need you. Please Lord, save me – I cannot even grasp the thought of another meaningless day with thoughts that only bring despair. I trust you but I am so weak and empty. In your great mercy, take my hand and renew my spirit. Give me your hope and the light of your truth. Lift my eyes to gaze on your rich grace and unfailing love. Fill my mind with the truths of your Word that speak of your love and undying commitment. Speak the truth of the gospel to my heart – you already died to save me, you could not love me more. My sins are forgiven and new life is mine with Christ. As your child I am filled with rich blessings and treasures that come from your hand. You are my Savior and my God. Keep me in these truths Lord, every moment and every hour. Get me through this day focused on you. You are the refuge and help that I need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer when struggling in a relationship
Father, only your love is perfect, only your love. Focus my heart on the joy of your holy, perfect love because in this world human love will fail. I am a sinner who cannot love others perfectly. Those who love me will fail and hurt me because they, too are sinners. I know it is true, but Lord I am overwhelmed and tired of this heartache. It feels like nothing else matters because this isn’t right and I can’t get it out of my mind. Sin is so ugly and destructive, and there are so many hurts. Sharp words echo in my mind, piercing my heart over and over. My heart races as I imagine conversations that have never happened. Hateful glances, lists of past failures; it just gets bigger and bigger in my mind and is so heavy in my heart. I just want healing. I need your love and comfort. Jesus can you just reach in my heart and remind me of your grace? Heal my torn heart with your compassion. Tell me again how you wept and ached over relationships that crushed you when you lived here. Remind me of your suffering in betrayal, denial and death. You know this pain; you lived through it. But more than that, you died to pay for all this ugly sin. You gave your life because we all need a Savior. And you lived a perfect life and covered me with your righteousness. All of this is atoned for with your blood. Fill me with your grace so I can be strong and forgiving. Drive me to your Word so I can be guided by your wisdom. Wash me clean and renew my heart so I long for what is right in your eyes. Calm my heart Lord. Own it and rule it. Put your love in my heart and fill my mind with thoughts that are pleasing to you. Teach me again to rest in your salvation and entrust my burdens to your care. Comfort me Jesus; in your holy name I pray, Amen.
Comforting Hymn Verses
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