Help for Depression – Part 3
John 17 NIV
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
6 “I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of[b] your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by[c] that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by[d] the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 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. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
Isn’t that a wonderful prayer? To really know Jesus had us each individually in mind before he went to the Cross offers all of us peace and hope. When I have trouble sleeping at night because of the troubles of the world, sometimes I read John 17 to remind me of the night Jesus stayed up through the night praying for me.
You or someone you know might need outside help to help you overcome depression, especially in the beginning. I encourage anyone who feels like they are not able to overcome a major episode of depression to tell others, especially trusted Christians who can help you–a friend, family member, Sunday school teacher, Christian counselor, or pastor. Some may have to go to doctors to help them depending on their situation especially for a critical episode or feelings of suicide. But remember, even if you or someone you know has been clinically diagnosed with depression, Jesus can heal our minds, hearts, and hurts.
I would like to encourage anyone who has had problems dealing with depression, to begin focusing on bringing more positive stimuli into their life such as listening to Christian music, Christian movies, and finding a good topical devotional book that gives a series of verses on different topics. These types of searches are also available online. Memorizing a series of verses on God’s Promises is extremely helpful during a hard time. There are many positive Bible websites where you can find any verse on a subject, for instance: anxiety or fear.
Also, God loves to hear the praises of His people. Offer up to Him praise songs from your heart or read the Book of Psalms as prayers from your heart to His, and I pray that He will remove any depression from your heart!
Lastly and most importantly, if you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart, focus on really getting to know everything you can about him. Read the 4 Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John over and over again. Watch Christian movies that focus on his life. Read Christian books by respected authors who help us understand who Jesus is as our Lord and Savior, but also our friend. Jesus is sitting on the Mercy Seat interceding for you today. He is knocking at the door to our hearts to dwell within us. My prayer is that we all open our hearts to Jesus more and more each day!
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