DAY 17 - Pray For Those Struggling with Grief and Depression

DAY 17 - Pray For those Struggling with Grief and Depression

Pastor Timothy Ramsay

Senior Pastor

Word of Faith International Christian cEnter

London, England

Good day family. My name is Timothy Ramsay. I am the Senior Pastor here at The Place of Grace UK, London – in the house. God bless you. God bless you. It is an honor to be here for day 17 of our 30 days of prayer. We have been praying for some very important subjects that are close to the heart of God. And I suspect and I have a sense that there is nothing more closer than what we are going to pray today. We are praying for those who are struggling with grief and depression. I think from the Old Testament to the New Testament, you see something in the character of God that He is drawn to people that are suffering.

He is drawn to people that are going through trials, and hardships, and encountering the loss that you sometimes encounter in this human experience. I am going to read a Scripture from second Corinthians chapter 1, verse 3-5. And it says, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.” These are encouraging words because it lets us know that from the very beginning God is filled with mercy and God is also a comforter. He is the God of all comfort. Any kind of comfort you can think of, it’s in God. The Bible says He comforts us, “in all our tribulation, that

we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.” We find here that because of what Christ

went through, He places Himself in a position to answer all of our grief, to answer all of our sorrow, to answer all the pain that comes sometimes through the testings of life, particularly when you lose a loved one and you feel the void and you miss people. We have experienced a lot of that in the last couple of years, but God comforts us. He joins us in the midst of our suffering and He lets us know that we don’t have to do it alone. In fact, Jesus suffered with us through the human experience and that through the journey to the cross, and then also on the cross. But He rose up from His suffering and because of that we can also experience the victory of life that He has given us because He suffered in our stead on the cross. So God’s heart is toward the sufferer. God’s heart is toward the one that is going through trial and tribulation. If you have lost a loved one, God’s heart is to you. He is the God, the Father of all mercy and all comfort. There’s a Scripture in Psalm 43, stanza 5, where David writes and he asked a question, and he says, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul?” See, our soul is where all of our emotions are. The old Hebrew word is that it is the seat of our emotions. This is where we feel the pain the most when there is a sense of loss. When we are looking at our life and those thoughts of depression begin to roll in, our soul - our emotions begin to feel it deeply and the terminology that the psalmist used - he says it’s like it has been cast down. It is like it has been set low. And he also questioned, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?” Why are you quiet, why are you down, why are you depressed, what is going on on the inside of me? Then he gives us some encouragement. He gives us, in fact, I believe is the answer. This is what we must do - no matter if we are wracked by grief, no matter if we have encountered loss, no matter if we are feeling the sense of depression because of a season of our life that we are going through. There is one answer that I want to present to you and it is, “hope in God.” He says, “hope in God.” We’ve got to put our hope in God - why? Because He is the father

of all mercy and He is the God of all comfort. He says, “for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” I want to encourage you that God is a helper and we are going to be praying today for all of those that have gone through grief and all those who are still struggling with the remnant of that and struggling with depression. But I want to remind you that God is the health of your countenance. God is the one that will carry you through the season. As we bring our supply together of the Spirit, as we pray in agreement and we pray in accordance to God’s Word, I’m believing that joy is coming to your

house. Joy is coming to your heart, and your soul and your emotions are going to be restored by the God of all comfort. I want to encourage you with those words. Let’s keep praying and pressing into our God. God bless you.