This past Sunday I interviewed Dan Davis on the topic of Depression. He told a very moving story about his own encounter with this difficult mental state and how he continues to deal with it. You can listen to a recording of that interview here.
Additionally, there are three other resources I found helpful along with a crafted prayer authored mainly by John Bibee and used by Hope Chapel’s Men of Faith.
Over five million people have viewed a 20-minute TED Talk by writer Andrew Solomon on his experience with depression. It is one of the most helpful items I viewed during my research on the subject. Thanks to Rick Reynolds who sent it to me. You can view it here.
Additionally, Rick Reynolds, told me about a talk by Austin Pastor Will Davis and his wife Susie, given from their living room where he was sequestered 18 months ago because of a bout with depression. It is a very courageous and heartfelt talk. You can find it here.
Finally, I quoted from an article on how drug use to treat anxiety and depression in the U.S. has skyrocketed in the last 10 years. I found it helpful because the author tells of her own journey, as well as spouting statistics. You can read the March, 2012 New York Magazine article here.
Crafted Prayer for Deliverance from Depression:
Lord, you said that we always ought to pray and not lose heart. (Luke 18:1) So we pray for those who struggle with depression. We ask for freedom from the overwhelming feelings of despair and discouragement. Where the enemy seeks to devour them (1 Pet. 5:8) and destroy hope, we proclaim that you prepare a table before them in the presence of their enemies. (Ps 23:5) We declare that they will feast on your goodness and mercy and joy. (Ps 23:6)
Holy Spirit, help and comfort all those who so desperately need you. (Jn. 14:6) Help them know that they will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Ps 27:13) Your truth will set them free from every lie of the enemy. (Jn 8:32)
We declare that you, Lord Jesus, have come to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound up with darkness. You give them beauty, not ashes. You give them the oil of joy, not mourning. You cover them with garments of praise, not heaviness. You rebuild and restore the places of desolation so we are like well-watered gardens. (Is 61:1-4, Jer. 31:12) We especially ask that you restore and rebuild families – that you will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. (Malachi 4:6)
Now, may the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing and that we will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (Rom. 15:13)