263. Persistence in Prayer

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Never give up! At first there were days on end when I couldn’t pray because my depression was so intense. A steel band tightened around my head, and a heavy weight crushed my body; I was mentally and emotionally paralyzed. The days turned into weeks and the weeks into months.

My hope came from the first eight verses of Luke 18 – the story of a widow who finally received justice through her persistence. Though I couldn’t pray with clarity, I cried out endlessly, “Jesus, have mercy on me.” He didn’t heal me on the spot, but He led me to change psychiatrists, pointed me to a psychotherapist who could help me, put compassionate friends in my path, and brought me to a prayer pastor who helped me soak in the Holy Spirit.

Slowly, I got better and the worst was over four years ago. Depression still comes knocking every now and again, and I immediately turn to my present psychotherapist, the Holy Spirit, and He reminds me of what I learned in my healing years…and soon the depression is gone.

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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