PRAYER

Dear God,


Be with those who are trying to help a loved one who doesn't want help. May they understand their suffering. Give them wisdom to know what to say and how to help. Guide them with your Holy Spirit as they trust in you. Amen.


Father God,


We beseech you to help us understand the disease of mental illness. It frightens us and disturbs us. Every year, in the United States alone, 54 million people are affected by one or more mental illnesses. That means we know someone who is suffering and we now offer our prayers for them.


We know from statistics that it affects young and old alike and the median delay for treatment is about 10 years.


Lord, we know of someone right now who is suffering from mental illness and in the name of Christ Jesus we bring them to You for help.


We ask Lord, firstly that we may not be filled with bitterness and condemnation, but compassion instead.


We ask Lord, for education and not ignorance of this chemical brain disturbance.


We ask Lord, for help and wisdom in getting this person the best treatment, counseling, support, or medicine available.


We ask Lord, that You might not only stabilize, but heal.


We ask Lord, that this person might be restored to a healthy relationship with You.


We ask Lord, that You will grant us a precious promise in Your Word which says: "But we have the mind of Christ." 1 Corinthians 2:16


Surely, we must be humble, as Jesus was in His ministry, to minister to those that are so troubled. Help us to see this loved one through the process of deliverance.


Grant us the patience to see this person through to safety, where they might think and act with reason and recognize You as Lord and Healer.


Through Christ alone we pray. Amen


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Sunrise Valley Baptist Church 

5860 Blossom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95123

(Corner of Calero Avenue and Blossom Avenue)