Set Free from Depression
Dec. 23, 2017
A young man was seen who was very depressed. He grew up in a church where his father was a deacon and was his best friend, but in his senior year in high school his father became sick. He witnessed his father’s rapid deterioration from being a strong man to being unable to care for himself ten months later, and over the last few months of his life he screamed out because of his pain and begged the Lord to take it from him. This young man began using drugs and pain pills before his father died. He married a young Christian woman but she eventually left him due to his drug abuse, so this led to more depression and anger.
I explained that the main cause of depression is grief, and I asked this young man if he would like to get rid of his grief. He said that he would so I explained that the first step was to be honest about his grief and make a list of everything that he missed about his father. He said that he missed his guidance, his fatherly influence, spending personal time with him, and how he was always so happy and friendly with others. He also missed fishing with him, talking with him, going duck hunting with him, going to church with him, and talking about the Bible. He identified 22 things that he missed about his father, then I led him in a prayer and he told the Lord what he missed about his father and asked the Lord to take his grief from him.
After this I asked him how he felt and he said that he felt sad because of how quickly his father deteriorated, how much pain he endured, how he became an invalid within six months, and how his life fell apart when his father died. It also saddened him that his father died so young and his younger brothers had to grow up without a father. We made a list of 8 reasons for his sadness and he gave his sadness to the Lord. I prayed and asked the Lord what he wanted this young man to know, and he said he could hear his father’s voice saying, “Son, I love you.” He stated that he felt calm and peaceful after this.
When I asked him how he felt afterwards, he said that he had some anger toward God for taking his father from him, for allowing him to experience so much pain, and for allowing him to die so young when he was so faithful to God and was such a good man. I led him in a prayer, giving his anger to the Lord, and then I asked the Lord, again, if there was anything that he wanted the young man to know. He said, “All things work together for good, and there’s hope and there’s a reason.” He stated that he felt no more anger toward God.
The young man stated that he felt some guilt and shame for disappointing his father, for being a poor example to his younger brothers, and for causing his mother so much heartache and stress. He confessed his failures and sins to the Lord and asked for forgiveness. He said that the Lord told him that he was forgiven but he still felt some guilt and shame, so I prayed for him and asked the Lord what He wanted this young man to know. He immediately responded, “Jesus took my guilt and shame and He has a purpose for me.” He no longer felt any guilt or shame.
He also had some feelings of grief over the loss of contact with his family and feeling trapped in the treatment program. He gave these feelings to the Lord and I asked the Lord, again, what He wanted this man to know. The thoughts that came to his mind were, “Draw near to Me” and “Come to me all who are weary.” He said, “God will get me through this,” and he no longer felt hopeless or trapped. His depression had dropped from a rating of 10 to 4.
A week later I saw this young man again and he said that he was doing well and that all of his depression was gone. He had prayed on his own about his grief, anger, and sadness over the loss of his wife and was able to resolve these feelings on his own. The Lord completely resolved this man’s depression and anger through one prayer session and he is likely to do well and remain drug free now that he has resolved these underlying emotions. We have an awesome God who promises to give us His peace when we learn to cast all our cares upon Him!