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The prayer life of a Christian can sometimes become tiresome, especially if you don’t feel like praying. We hope our simple prayers centered around everyday life will provide some guidance and help you grow in your prayer life.

How Can You Help Your Friend with Depression?

Those moments when a conversation does NOT go the way we expect it to.

“Hey! How are you?!” “Not so good.” “Why? What’s up?” “I just can’t get out of this funk!” 

30 minutes later, it’s clear that a friend is wrestling with some deep stuff, and then they admit, “I struggle with depression.” What do we say next?! It’s actually pretty cool that they were willing to be vulnerable and share what’s really going on. That’s rare. Super rare. In fact, it’s more likely that they won’t recognize this in themselves, and it will be months or years of spending time with them that will make us realize there’s something deeper going on. But we still want to encourage them, right!?—to have the right words that will ease their suffering and not make things worse? If there even are right words for this. 

“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24).

It’s a good thing the Holy Spirit is our Advocate and Helper, and doesn’t leave us on our own to figure it out. Check out this prayer we pulled together for what to say to a friend who’s struggling with depression…

A Prayer for a Friend with Depression

Wise Counselor, who knows the thoughts, emotions, and discouragements of my friend better than I do, please give me the words to be your agent of love and comfort to _________ (name). Help me be a peaceful presence and an instrument of your healing. May my words not make things worse, and when necessary, may I be quiet over being quick to offer advice. Help _________ (name) to know how much you care about him, and may you free him of his depression. Amen. 

 

Everyone feels at some point that they don’t know how to pray, feel free to visit this page for more everyday prayers to explore how you can connect with God in the ordinary, extraordinary, everyday moments of life!