DAY 21 - Pray Youth Struggling with Suicidal Thoughts
Faith Christian Center Austell, GA
Hello and welcome to another installment of 30 days of prayer. It truly has been an amazing experience for all of us. I wanted to briefly speak with you about something, frankly, affects so many of us in our lives. But for some reason or another, it has become so taboo or embarrassing, even weak to speak about these things and that is when we deal with anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts. This is not anything new used by the enemy. Right? His idea of separating us from our relationship with God, isolating us, making us feel smaller and lesser than who we truly are – we see the same tactics used in the beginning in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. But I not only want to focus on those tactics used by the enemy, but how prayer single-handedly strengthens our relationship with God the Father, restores that relationship and nullifies all of those attacks by the enemy. You know, one of my favorite Gospels is the book of John. I just love how John describes His love for Jesus Christ and then, takes us on this journey of Christ and His love and His grace for all of humanity. But I wanted to focus on John chapter 10. This is Jesus speaking and He describes Himself as a Good Shepherd – a Good Shepherd being one who comes and lays His life down for His sheep. Let’s hone in on verse 10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:” Those are the tactics used by the enemy to steal, to kill and to destroy, whether that is stealing your joy, killing your happiness, or perhaps destroying every relationship you spent a lifetime investing all of your energy into. But I love the latter half of this verse because not only has Jesus described the thief and what the enemy has come to do, but He describes His role in all of this. The Scripture says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Jesus came that you may have life and have it more abundantly. Look, I don’t know what you are dealing with but trust me when I say that I too have dealt with those same feelings that you are going through. I encourage you to find someone that you love, find someone that you trust, and ultimately, kneel down and pray and restore that relationship with Jesus Christ. Trust me, I know how deep that darkness gets and I know how heavy those burdens feel. In Psalm 55:22 it says, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord.” Literally, give your burdens to the Lord and He will sustain you, He will keep you, He will nourish you – is what that word sustain means. God will never let the righteous be shaken. You are the righteousness of God. Heavenly Father, firstly I just want to say thank you for this day, one where we are alive, we are breathing and we have the opportunity to come before your throne of grace with boldness. Heavenly Father, I pray for everyone under the sound of my voice in this moment, those dealing with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. Heavenly Father, I pray that all those thoughts be cast down into the pits of hell where they came from and replace them with your joy, your love, and more importantly, with your peace. God, I pray that you give everyone the courage to speak out to those things, walk in the authority that you called them to walk in and walk in their righteousness and true purpose. I pray that you continue to build them up in more wisdom and more love and more knowledge. We just say thank you for who you are because we know that you are more able to do all those things. You are the same yesterday, today and forever. We say thank you in this moment and in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. Hallelujah. Praise God for His victory.