My dearest Jesus, please come into my suffering soul and through your boundless love help me to deal with my depression.
I acknowledge that it may take a long time to be able to manage this affliction, but I understand that the more that I communicate with you, my Jesus, and surrender my illness to you, the stronger that I will become.
I know, O Lord, that a factor in my depression is chemical imbalance, and that I need to take my medication daily in order to manage it. Please never allow me to become so arrogant as to try to give up my medication or therapy without my doctor’s approval and assistance.
My Jesus, please help me to focus on two things: first, my gratitude to you for so many blessings, and second, the needs of others.
Some days, my Lord, I feel that I have nothing to be grateful for, but at these times I am being deceived by the evil one. Instead, please help me to constantly focus on all blessings that you have showered upon me, especially the gift of yourself.
Help me, my Savior, to be attentive to the needs of others. Make me aware of when someone else could use a kind word or encouragement. Please show me, Lord, where I can volunteer to help alleviate suffering or improve conditions. If I am unable to leave the house because of infirmity, direct me to set aside time during the day when I can pray for the sick, the injured, victims of disaster and crime and others who suffer from depression. Please liberate me from the prison of ‘self’ so that I can serve you and others in any way that I can. Amen.
‘Dismiss all anxiety from your minds. Present your needs to God in every form of prayer, and in petitions full of gratitude. And God’s own peace which is beyond all understanding will stand guard over your minds and hearts through Jesus Christ.’ (Philippians 4: 6-7)