Prayers for Evangelical Believers:
A Christian Undergoing Treatment in a Mental Health Services Facility
by Ed Vasicek
O Lord, it is no fun to not be myself. I feel like I am in such a dark valley; I am scared of so many things. I do not want to be here, but I realize I need to be. Help the workers and specialists here to do what is best for me, because I am at the end of myself.
Father, it sometimes feels like You have forgotten me, deserted me, and left me to fend for myself. I know that is not true, for Your Word says You will never leave me nor forsake me, and You make no exceptions. But it doesn't always feel that way.
I do not understand, and I keep asking, "Why?" Sometimes I wonder if I will ever get better. O Lord, please give me a generous dose of hope. I need to trust Your grace that better times are ahead for me. They may not appear immediately, but eventually it will get better.
I do not like this different life and this different way of thinking. I want to get back to my old self—no, maybe a better self. But this is so much easier said than done. I know I am a complicated being, and there are things going on within my inner being that I do not always understand. But I understand enough to know I don't like it.
So, Lord, deliver me from these unhealthy thoughts, and help me to gain a surer footing in life. Please, dear God, help me to recover. Help others to help me. And help me be patient, I pray, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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