Prayer When Struggling With Depression


Today my energy and spirit is dragging, making it difficult to think clearly enough to write. I keep a list of ideas to write about but I can’t seem to summon up the energy to look those up. Instead, I want to share with you one of my devotionals that was published in an anthology titled Anytime Prayers for Everyday People

This particular devotional was in the section titled Prayers of Supplication

When I’m struggling with depression . . .

Come quickly, LORD, and answer me, for my depression deepens.
Don’t turn away from me, or I will die.
Let me hear of your unfailing love to me in the morning,
for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk, for I have come to you in prayer.
—Psalm 143:7-8 NLT

My soul melts from heaviness;
strengthen me according to Your word.
—Psalm 119:28 NKJV

God, Who comforts and encourages and refreshes and cheers the depressed and the sinking,
comforted and encouraged and refreshed and cheered us.
—2 Corinthians 7:6 AMP

When doubts filled my mind,
your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.
—Psalm 94:19 NLT

. . . I will pray.

Father God,

There is so much in my life today that makes me want to give up. I have no energy to do even the basic things such as getting dressed or taking a shower. Nothing seems right. I despise my job. Food no longer appeals to me. My family and friends want to help me, but the thought of being with anyone is so exhausting.

I just want to be left alone. Why must I feel this way? How could I wake up one day with such despair in my heart? It’s not that I haven’t struggled to shake off this gloomy cloud. I truly have, but nothing has helped. And then I remember how You died on that cross for me and how alone and abandoned You must have felt.

Thank You for showering me with Your life-giving comfort and the reassurance of knowing that You truly understand my suffering. Lord, I turn to You now in hope and faith because even if everyone else in my life gives up on me, I know You’ll hold tight to me with a love that won’t let go.

Thank You for always being my Anchor.


When you come to the bottom, you find God. —Nevill Talbot

[From Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. Copyright © 2006 Bordon-Winters LLC]


4 thoughts on “Prayer When Struggling With Depression

  1. Thank you Anna for this post. This is exactly how I have felt. I will not burden you with all the different afflictions that abide me. I find no solace in the fact that the doctors say my conditions are beyond their expertise. Now they have found that I am so anemic that I am “running on fumes” and they are trying to find out how I have lost so much blood without any apparent bleeding. I too have felt like giving up and then I read one of your beautiful posts that direct me back to my wonderful Savior. I place my eyes once again on Him instead of the boisterous waves and I am at peace. I realize again that God still has a purpose for me this side of Heaven and I commit my times into His hands. When you do not feel like writing, please know that what you do post, even if it is just a picture or a verse, is exactly what those who read your blog need.


    • Raymond, I so appreciate the encouragement of your words! I believe you definitely understand the kind of days where it feels like such a huge effort to just get up out of bed. Please know that you are on my daily prayer list. I am so thankful for you and your blog, and how you publish every day in spite of how you must be feeling.

      Blessings to you!


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