Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Please pray

I have a friend who badly needs prayer. She is carrying far too large a load of suffering for one person. My friend's name is Susan. She has been depressed for five years. No medications have helped her and even a series of 17 ECT's haven't helped. Every morning she wakes up feeling tormented and suicidal. The way she describes it to me sounds worse than what hell would be.

This morning, as we talked and prayed together, I deeply felt her pain. And later it occurred to me how wonderful it would be if a bunch of people could each take a bit of that pain - spread it around a bit - take a bit of that load off her. The Bible tells us to carry each other's burdens (Galatians 6:2). This is what followers of Christ should do. This is what Christ did for us.

And I wonder, if many prayed - with compassion and in sympathy with her suffering - would it be possible for the weight of her pain to be lessened? Believers would say that this is most definitely possible. With nothing else helping at this point, her only hope lies in this.

And so I want to ask all of you who believe in prayer, to please think of Susan and what she is going through and to pray that she will find healing. Please pray that she will be freed from this depression and that she will once more learn what life truly has to offer. Ask God to remove the ugly feelings and help her feel the love and peace he offers.

Please join me in this.

3 comments:

Daily Dose said...

I am so sorry for your friend's pain. I will pray and think of her. It must be so hard to watch someone you care about go through such suffering.

She will be in my thoughts.

~Tery (Dreamwriter)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Marja,
Thanks for your compassionate concern for your friend. God bless you more for it. Yes, I will pray for Susan. The Lord will have compassion on her. By the stripes of Jesus she is healed. I will also pray to God to increase her faith so that she will actually believe that God will heal her.

Thanks again for your wonderful advocacy of educating people on the problem of pain and bipolar disorder.

God bless you with your own miraculous healing and with a wonderful testimony of God's amazing grace for His children.

marja said...

Thank you Mel and Tery. Knowing people like you are sending up prayers for Susan gives me a sense of peace.