Depression tells me I’m not worthy of taking up space, so I shouldn’t bother other people with my problems. Anxiety tells me I’ve screwed everything up so bad, no one can fix it.
Mental illness dampens the part of my brain that processes reason and inflames the part of my brain that processes fear.
I need help, and I reach out to God in prayer for that help. But it doesn’t feel like enough sometimes. Because it’s hard to pray when my mind is fighting against me.
The good news is, since I have accepted Jesus as my savior, I am being prayed for constantly, whether I ask for it or not. It’s a truth in God’s Word that I can stand on and rest in.
Jesus Prays for Us
When Jesus was eating with his disciples the night before He was betrayed, He prayed for them. But He didn’t just pray for them, He prayed for us as well.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
You and I were prayed for that night, because their message of salvation eventually reached us and we believed in Jesus because of that message.
But He didn’t just pray for us that one time; He’s praying for us always.
Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Jesus is praying for you and I right now. He’s praying that our hope would grow and become stronger than the depression. He’s praying that our minds would be filled with His peace, to calm the storms of anxiety. And He’s praying that our brains would come into balance, and start functioning according to His perfect design.
The Holy Spirit Prays for Us
And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
In Romans 8, Paul talks about the suffering we all experience on this earth. Faith is not denial. God knows that we suffer.
And the Holy Spirit knows how we suffer, because each of us has different issues and challenges. He also knows God’s individual will for each of us; so He knows exactly how to pray for us.
You and I are constantly being prayed for by the one who knows exactly what we need in every moment. He knows us and loves us, and He’s praying for us.
Other People Are Praying for Us
Some people are blessed to have family and friends who pray for them. God made us to be in relationships with other people, and He puts people in our lives to love us and support us.
But what if my family doesn’t support me? What if I don’t have any friends who pray for me? What if I’ve isolated myself completely and put up walls around my heart to keep everyone out?
God still leads people to pray for me.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
If God knows what I need, and Jesus and the Holy Spirit are constantly praying for me to get what I need, then they’re going to make sure I get it. If what I need is for other people to pray for me and support me when I can’t pray for myself, then that’s what He will provide.
Just because I don’t know of anyone in my family or circle of friends who is praying for me, it doesn’t mean it’s not happening. I may have a distant relative praying for me. There may be a family member I’m estranged from who’s praying for our relationship to be restored.
There may be a friend of a friend who heard about my need and lifted me up to God in prayer. There may be a few people in a church I visited once who got my name from the visitor card and just kept praying for me.
There are millions of Christians all over the world who read God’s Word and do their best to live by it. And when God tells them to pray for all of His people, they do – whether they know those people or not.
I Timothy 2:1
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people
Many times, God will lead me to pray for strangers as I go through my day – the cashier at the grocery store, the person changing a tire on the side of the road, the person driving the car in front of me as we’re both stuck in traffic, etc.
And I know many other Christians who do the same. I hear all the time about how God had a Christian friend of mine cross paths with someone just so they could pray for them.
So take heart – God is sending people to pray for you whether you know them or not.
When our minds are telling us we’re all alone and there’s no hope, we can trust that God’s Word is true. We can rest knowing that Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and many of His children are praying for us.
Can you remember a time when God showed you that you were being prayed for without knowing it?
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