This week’s prayers are written by Steve Higgins. They are all focussed on good mental health and wellbeing.
May 31 – Psalm 46:10, ‘He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’
Father, we know that You see us when we struggle internally, and You command us to be still and prove You in everything we feel, think and face. We give thanks that You are able to fill us with a joy when we bring our thoughts and cares to You.
Instead of mourning without hope – we ask that You clothe us with a garment of praise in order to lift our disheartened spirit. We desire to live to give glory to Christ, even though we may feel broken inside. Be exalted over our brokenness for He is the Great Physician of the soul.
Help us to think about the good things in our lives, make Your word our constant companion, and, Holy Spirit, enable us to stand firm in Christ, trusting in His righteousness; that He would be glorified in all that we think and do. May Telford Elim, online and in person, be a church filled the healing power of Christ, and the love, compassion and Spirit-anointed ministry of His people. Amen
June 1 – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ‘Rejoice always, 17pray continually, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’
Father God, we thank You that You are a God who freely shares Your peace with those who walk with Jesus. As we refuse to be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present our requests to You, Your peace, which passes all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:6-7).
We pray that Telford Elim’s ministry, and the ministry of PRISM, will teach and guide people into how to live a life without anxiety. Your word commands us not to be anxious about anything, but in every area of our lives to live with thankfulness and prayer so Your peace guards our hearts and minds.
If the peace of Christ reigns in us – we will remain still and calm in the knowledge of Your love and protection – despite what happens to us, those we love, or in the world around us. May Telford Elim, online and in person, be a church filled with Your peace in Christ. Amen
June 2 – Romans 2:4, NLT, ‘Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that His kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?’
Heavenly Father, it is so easy for us to be crippled by our circumstances; but we give thanks that sometimes our circumstances are due to Your will being fulfilled in our lives. You work in us to deliver us from the power of sin and its darkness and despair.
We pray for all those who are suffering mentally at this time. For those who are believers, we pray that You would shift the current perspective of their mind and give them strength to focus on who they are in Christ; if they are not yet believers, we pray for their salvation, and also that You would bring across their path those people who will be able to help and support them.
You are able to lift their hearts to a place of renewal in Christ Jesus; who is more than able to bring about great healing in the lives of all those who are suffering in any way. Amen.
Jun 3 – Psalm 23:1, ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.’
Lord, we pray for those who are overwhelmed by their circumstances and responsibilities, for those who are living with hurts of the past. We pray for those who feel unworthy and have doubts about their ability to deal with daily life. We think of families who are suffering great difficulties in dealing with loved ones who are struggling with mental health and issues of the past.
Your word says that You are the Shepherd of Your people, and by Your shepherding care – we will lack nothing. You lead Your people to lie in green pastures; in You we can find peace and rest. So Lord Jesus, we pray for peace and rest for those who struggle with depression and worthlessness – that they would be drawn to You to receive wholeness of body, soul (in their relationships, minds, emotions and choices) and spirit.
May Your great Spirit be at work in and through our lives bringing His supernatural power to bear, using us to bring Your grace and love into the lives of those who are desperate and cry for help. Amen
Jun 4 – Proverbs 25:28, ‘A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.’
Lord Jesus, You are Jehovah Shalom, the prince of peace. Your word says that a man who has no self-control over his spirit sets himself up for trouble, he is like a city that has broken down walls. No self-control in the mind of a person means they are defenceless and unprotected against attacks.
So Lord, in Your name, the name of Jesus, we pray against destructive or negative thoughts; we ask that they will not penetrate any of our lives so that we will remain stable in You, our saviour and redeemer, as we fill our minds with Your word, worship in spirit and truth, and seek to apply the spiritual truth Your Spirit teaches us. Amen.
June 5 – Philippians 4:6, ‘Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.’
Father, You have told us in Your word not to worry about anything but pray about everything. We pray that this word would resonate in our hearts.
We pray today for those who feel like giving up on themselves – even on life itself; help them to look to Christ for the strength to carry on. Father, we pray that You draw them into Your loving arms, keeping them safe in Your love with the security of the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ.
We pray that those in need would tell You of that need giving thanks for the answer because You have heard their cry. We praise You because You care and watch over every detail of our lives – You know every thought, word and deed.
Help us to rest in Your love in Christ, and the assurance that our names are written in the book of life when we are born again of Your Spirit through repentance and faith in Christ. Lord Jesus, when we are in You – we declare and stand on Your word which says that You will never leave nor forsake us. Amen
June 6 – We pray for those who counsel and work with patients who are suffering with mental health, fill them with Godly wisdom. We give thanks for their expertise in this area, and the skills to get people to open up to them. Bless their service and grant them much good lasting fruit from it.
Your word instructs us to proper thinking, commanding us to fill our thoughts with all that is true, noble, all that is pure, all that is lovable and gracious; whatever is excellent and admirable. In Jesus’ name – we pray against destructive, negative thinking because the greatest battle can occur in the mind. As we fill our minds with Your word, Holy Spirit, make it live in us renewing our thinking transforming how we process life in Christ-honouring ways.
We proclaim, Lord Jesus, that You are still our God and You never change whether we are rich or poor, happy or sad, educated or uneducated, old or young – for You remain the same today, yesterday and forever.
Help us as we seek to put our trust in You with everything that concerns us and those we love; that You would be glorified in every part of our lives as we stand upon Your word. We pray that we will whole heartedly put our trust in You; knowing that You are our unshakable rock on which we stand. Use our church, in person and online, to lead many into a saving relationship with You. Amen.