Prayers for a depressed friend


#1

I’ve met someone online (a mutual friend), and I was chatting with him online today and he was really, really depressed. He was telling me about how he once tried commiting suicide, and how he doesn’t think anything in his life is worthwhile. I’m doing my best to talk to him and help him, but I’m only one person! Could I have some prayers both for Michael and for myself? Thank you!


#2

Our Father,
Who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us
and lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
Amen.


#3

saying a prayer for you and michael


#4

You sure can. God bless you for your concern for your friend, and for asking our prayers.
If he is Christian, some thoughts
‘Love others…as yourself’

Jesus when You command us to love others as ourselves, You require something more challenging than simply to “love others.” The embedded touchstone in that command is “love your self.” Help us therefore not to be uncharitable to ourselves.

Many people lack proper self-esteem, making it difficult for them to genuinely value others. However, Scripture exhorts, “value yourself at your proper worth. Who can justify a man who runs himself down, or respect a man who despises himself.” [Ecclesiasticus 10:28-29]

If we do fail to love ourselves correctly, we cannot accept God’s love. Let us never imagine ourselves hidden from Your mercy: ‘“Can anyone hide in a dark corner without my seeing him?’ asks the Lord.” [Jeremiah 23-24]

The concept of rightly loving oneself in order to love others as God’s precious children may be confused with the selfishness that ruins unselfish self-love. It requires us to reject negative self-talk and responses. “If a man is mean to himself, to whom will he be good?” [Ecclesiasticus 14:3].

Growth in Christian self-love is facilitated by “filling your mind with everything that is true, everything that is noble, and everything that is pure and good” [Philippians 4:8] and serving “in works of love.” It is allowing the Spirit to direct your life and then “you will be in no danger of yielding to self-indulgence. What the Spirit brings is…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control.” [Galatians 5:13, 16, 26, 22-23]

Jesus, help us to fittingly love ourselves. You do not wish us to disparage ourselves but to see ourselves as loved, forgiven children of God. A poor self-image may compare to our perception of ‘clouds’. To observers, clouds appear to be impressive, substantial and tangible. However, within themselves the clouds seem damp, insubstantial and misty.

Jesus, let us not belittle ourselves in comparison to others because of our personal uncertainties and inadequacies. Let us live in sincere acceptance of self, that unique gift of Your creative love. help us to see ourselves as loved children of God. Jesus, help me to know that You really love me so that I can love You and love others truly.


#5

Prayed on Michael’s behalf, and by the way, asking St Michael to intercede for him.

Confidence in God’s merciful love
Our God, You command that I forgive and rightly cherish myself. Like many people in human history, I often find it difficult to sincerely and consistently love the ‘self’ that I find mirrored in my consciousness. I know that You can bring me to appreciate the miracle and privilege of my existence!

How can I refuse to love what God loves! You treasure me, as You love and treasure each unique, human person that You create. Yet I need much grace to love this betrayer of my true being and purpose, myself! I betray Your loving creation of me by failing to be fully ‘the person I am created to be’.

You love each person so much that it led to the incarnation of Your divine Son, and to His redemption of humankind. Jesus is Your response to my betrayal of my destiny and me. Yet frequently I am unconvinced or indifferent before these astounding gifts of divine love for me and for every person!

Please give me grace to value each person as Your beloved and eternal gift. Inspire me with faith and gratitude for the gift of myself, for the lives of dear ones and of all people. Grant that these human gifts are shaped by Your love to become everlasting gifts to You, and through You, eternal gifts to each other person.

Through Jesus, You taught us that cheerful, loving mutual service of others leads to fulfilment of Your creative will. Therefore, give me grace to faithfully say ‘yes’ to Your loving purpose by active respect and charity to others and me.

Delight Yourself in me by forming me into the unselfish, joyful, helpful and prayerful person You dreamed me to be for You and others’ sakes, for time and eternity. 1999


#6

Will pray for your friend. Encourage him to seek help. Hard to really help others on the net, but we can pray and support as much as possible… Take Care…


#7

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now,
and at the hour of our death.
Amen.


#8

Holding you both in my prayers.


#9

Praying for you and your friend:grouphug:


#10

Hail Mary,
full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the Fruit Of Thy Womb,
Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.
Amen


#11

Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.


#12

Father in Heaven, look upon the pain of your one child and we ask for his strength and comfort as he needs You now, more than ever. Bring him Your peace, Father, that he may grow closer to you when he is through this “valley of the shadow fo death.” Through Jesus, Amen.


#13

Thanks for the support, you guys. :slight_smile:


#14

On your friend’s behalf

Conversion through Jesus
Jesus, from eternity God proclaims, “Behold My Son, the beloved. Heed Him!” You lived God’s will in the ordinary human joys and struggles of infancy, childhood, and manhood. As a man like other men, You learned a trade and undertook a mission. All the while, You prayed. You suffered greatly, yet with redemptive love.

Jesus, You love us enough to become human and to live in poverty. You love us enough to share creatively and joyously in our humanity and to accept human flaws humbly. You love us enough to strive against ignorance, hypocrisy, and selfishness to create the path to God for everyone. You loved us enough to die in immense misery of soul and body for redemption of each person.

Jesus, as God, You know who I am created to be. As man, You experienced my human weaknesses, fears and hopes. In Your abandonment, You experienced my ache of separation from God and the fear of suffering that makes dying difficult. Convert me in image of Your love, so that the eternal Father, beholding You in me, can say, “Behold my beloved child in whom I am well pleased!”


#15

amen


#16

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now,
and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen


#17

Father, we ask in Jesus name, that you be very close to Micheal at this time, that you comfort him and encourage him to seek help from his doctor and to put his life in your hands. Amen


#18

Praying hard.


#19

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