How to Pray When You’re Depressed – Psalm 13

Several weeks ago I shared my thoughts and experiences with Depression. I spoke from Psalm 13. Today you can find a summary of those thoughts in a blog post I wrote for the Biblical Counseling Coalition. They are beginning a mini-series on Depression  at the Grace & Truth blog. Below are my introductory thoughts with a link to the post at the CC website. Take some time and browse through the many resources they have to offer!

Identifying with the Psalmist

Psalm 13 is a special chapter in my Bible. There is a date, March 12, 2012, written next to the chapter heading. That day I identified with the psalmist, and poured out my heart to God like never before. It had been five long years of dealing with chronic pain, two major surgeries, limited physical ability, limited ministry, and horrible side effects of multiple medications that had brought me to this point. I was tired, depressed, worn down and God was silent. That day I “got real” with God.

Since then, I have pointed others in the middle of their own dark days to this psalm. How can the depressed pray? Depression often robs us of our hope. The temptation in thinking that we cannot be honest with God about our situation deepens this hopelessness. Proceeding in prayer using the psalmist’s example in Psalm 13 breathes new hope into our lives.

continued at the BCC website

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