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Prayer for Depression: 15 Prayers When It Gets Overwhelming

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The battle with depression can be long and arduous. But a prayer for depression can help you to get through it one day at a time.

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If you are going through depression, you do not need to be ashamed. And more importantly, remember that you are not alone in this. Reach out to the people that God has placed in your life like your family members, friends, and your church. They may not be able to provide professional help, but they can cover you in prayer. And if you do not have anyone to turn to, turn to God! Prayer for depression is just the thing He wants to hear from you so that He can help you. And if there’s anything I’ve learned recently, prayer should not be our last resort our first instinct in everything we face in life. 

There are many Bible verses about depression that you can draw strength and assurance from. His words hold truth, healing, and promises. There are many promises made by God. And when God promises, He will ensure these promises are fulfilled. God is the only one who cares enough and with the power to help turn your graves into gardens. He is with you in your coming and going, in your joy and weeping. Throughout your days and nights, He has never stopped caring nor has He left you. So today, let us reach our hands out to God for help to overcome depression. 

1. A Prayer for Depression

Father God, I am suffering from depression and I do not know what to do. I pray that I am able to seek professional help in this season and learn how to deal with it safely. Thank You Father for also blessing me with family, friends, and my church who helps me to anchor to You. I know that this is going to be a long journey. Yet, I am confident that You are my guiding light and my shining star. You will not abandon me. Give all of us who are suffering from depression the faith to trust that Your Holy Spirit will remain our beacon of hope and guide. I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. 

2. A Short Prayer to Overcome Depression and Anxiety

Lord, You are the lighthouse of my life and my firm foundation.  Even when my life is shaken with anxiety and depression I know, You will never change. But Father, there’s only so much that I can overcome. I pray that You can send someone to take this weight from me so that on days when I grow weary I do not fall or stumble. Have mercy and give me the strength and guidance to overcome this challenge. My life is in Your hands.  I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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1 John 1:5 God is Light, and in Him, there is no darkness at all.

3. A Prayer for Strength to Overcome Depression (by John Barnett)

Heavenly Father, the one who gives us power and serves as our bedrock. Please strengthen our hearts, and remind us to encourage one another when the troubles of life start to overwhelm us. Please guard our hearts against depression. Give us the strength to rise up each day and fight against the struggles which seek to weigh us down. Amen.

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 Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

4. A Healing Prayer for Those Struggling with Depression and Anxiety

Father, thank You for Your grace that You’ve provided and Your mercies that renew every morning. I am still here today because of You. I thank you for teaching g me to embrace this weakness of mine that is no weakness to You at all. You’ve breathed on my weakness so that I can experience Your healing in my life. Although the healing process is not linear, I am still grateful that You are always watching over me, reminding me that my struggle is not for nothing. If someone knows pain and suffering, it is You, God. You felt it when You gave Jesus for me so thank You for assuring me that You know and understand all that I am going through. May I continue to heal slowly but surely. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Psalm 40:1-2 I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.

5. A Depression Prayer to Remain Strong Even Through Difficult Times

Lord Father, You know my pain. There are days when things get so overwhelming that I do not have the strength to face the day. And there are moments I just want to give in to my depression. But Lord, I know that You are in my corner. You are for me not against me. God, You are the only support who makes me who I am. I ask for your guidance and help in maintaining my faith and my strength even through tough times.  When I am in Your love, I can keep my faith and overcome trials that come to me. The plans You have for me I may not know, but I know that You will be with me no matter what. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

6. A Healing Prayer for Those Depressed

Dear Lord, I would like to surrender all those who are suffering from depression into Your loving hands today. Lord, may you have mercy and hear their cries for this mental illness to not plague them any further. For those who are depressed, God put people around them who are Your image-bearers, who can be their support and encouragement through this season. I ask that Your healing hands be upon them every day as they go about with their lives, and every night as they lay their heads to bed. Take their brokenness and heal these wounds because only You can. Thank You, Jesus, Amen. 

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Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.

READ ALSO: 30 Healing Bible Verses For The Soul 

7. A Prayer for Strength and Freedom Against Depression

Lord, the shining light of my life and my guide. You are the one who guides me through everything. Through these difficult times, help me soar like an eagle and fly. Help me to rise above and overcome my challenges, just as an eagle that soars in the sky. May I gain strength from Your word and from my prayers. I know that one day I will be free as an eagle. There will be no more shackles and not be held down by these weights called anxiety and depression. I trust in You Mighty God who frees me. So give me the strength and renew me every day, till You come again. I ask these in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

8. A Prayer to Conquer Hopelessness

Lord, I’m lifting all my burdens of depression and anxiety to you because I no longer have the strength and courage to fight these battles alone. I completely surrender my life to you, God. You are the source of my strength and my unbreakable shield. Restore in me the hope and make me strong again. Help me God to finish this battle with you. I know that as I fight this battle of hopelessness, You are fighting alongside me. Thank You, God. Amen.

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Deuteronomy 20:4 For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.

9. A Prayer for Depression for a Friend or Family Member 

Lord, my healer, and my doctor. You keep me and all of Your creation in good health. Give my loved ones the strength to overcome their fears and troubles. I know that You have a plan for them and that Your glory is great. I know that suffering is but a temporary obstacle, one that will come to pass. Lord, I ask for you to shower my loved ones with Your care and guidance so that they can have the strength to prevail over this hurdle. Your glory is greater than any trouble that exists and I know that you will heal them with your love. I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

10. A Prayer for Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

Lord, I am feeling so tired. There are days when everything is so overwhelming that I want to just end it all. I feel like a misfit and the thoughts of suicide keep coming back. But I know that my time here on earth is not over yet. Father, help me out of this pit and deliver me from suicidal thoughts so that I do not give in to them. And whenever I feel like I do not belong, remind me that being a misfit is not necessarily a bad thing, because it shows that despite this, You still love me. Remind me daily that though I am from this world, I am not of it. I believe that one day I will be reunited with You. So Father, please give me the courage, endurance, and perseverance not to continue to hold on to Your love for me and bring me out of this darkness. Amen.

bible verse to overcome depression

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Psalm 31:16 Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

11. A Prayer for the Will To Continue Living

Dear God, today is one of those days where my will to live falters. I question my purpose and the meaning of life and I cannot find my answer. However, deep down, I know that You are the answer to everything. I just cannot see it yet. You are my strength and shield. In every trial and season, You are faithful and You go before me. So I ask of You Lord to give me the hope and the patience to know my purpose in life. In the meantime, it is my deepest desire to make You my will to live through each day. Help me, Lord to not lose sight of You. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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Psalm 33:20 We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.

12. A Prayer for Comfort in Darkness

Lord, my lighthouse, be my shining light through these dark times. Fill me with joy and peace, and let the Holy Spirit come to me and guide me through my troubles. Though now may be a dark time for me, I know that in You, the light at the end of the tunnel is near. Guide me to that light and guide me out of this darkness. I ask this in Jesus’ name, together with the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

13. A Prayer for Faith When You Fear

My Father in Heaven, there are so many things that I fear in my life and sometimes, these fear can overpower me sometimes and cause me to lose faith. I spiral into the deep end of depressing thoughts. I need You God to strengthen my faith so that I can continue to trust in You. In this prayer, let me believe that You are the Great Conqueror. You triumph over all my negative feelings, including fear. When I am in fear, help me conquer them. These fears and obstacles are nothing more than minor setbacks compared to Your glory. With your love and grace, I know that fear is something I can conquer.  Let me not give in to fear but instead guide me to a growing faith. I ask this in Jesus’ name, together with the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

14. A Prayer for Hope and Guidance 

Father God, I turn to you in prayers for hope and guidance today. Times are tough and the days seem longer. The pressures of the world are deafening. But, I know that You are my God and You are always for me. In my prayers for hope, I ask that my spirit be sensitive to Your voice that will guide me through this trial. Because Your words are the lamp to my feet and the light for my path. Therefore, help me O God to remain hopeful that light will shine in my life again. Show me the way, Lord. Thank you, Father, Amen. – Christian.net

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Psalms 119: 105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

READ ALSO: 15 Prayers For Hope

15. A Prayer for Steadfastness

Lord, the foundation of my life, when I feel your warmth and love, I feel unwavering in my faith. I know that this firmness will help me conquer my fears and other bad thoughts. Lord, I put my trust in you. You are my strength and you are my support. May Your love and grace help me overcome anything I face. I ask this in Jesus’ name, together with the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. 

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