“When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him…
“Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6)
These words jumped off the page and whispered to my heart and I began to receive the words of the Lord like a child. After lying in my bed for days at a time staring at the ceiling I knew what I finally needed to do. I needed to figure out whether or not I wanted to be healed from depression and whether or not I was going to ask God for the healing.
Jesus is recorded in scripture as experiencing sorrow to the point of death (Matthew 26:38). There are many people that suffer from depression can identify with this type of sorrow that feels like dying. To pull us out of a deep pit of depression, oftentimes God partners you with someone who has gone through it. Jesus in this case partnered with Peter and the two sons of Zebedee. Jesus asked them to intercede on his behalf as he poured his heart out to the Father inviting his presence in the midst of his sadness.He was grieved to death over the circumstances that would surround his unjust death on the cross.(Matthew 26:38-39) During seasons of deep sadness allowing others to pray for you and stay on the watch with you can turning periods of mourning into joy.
“Do you want to get well?”
As I lay on the bed, I wondered the same thing.
Healing begins with saying yes to Jesus for the healing we want to receive.We must be willing to acknowledge our weaknesses to God and ask for help from the One who gives freely to all who ask.Many of us are suffering from depression from situations that seem impossible to get through. Jesus turned to the Father in fervent prayer to ascertain the will of God before acting in any given situation. He prayed for the will of the Father to be done not his will.Jesus looked to the glory that he had with the father alongside Him in the beginning before the world was. (John 17:5). We can look forward to the same upward prize to share in that same glory if we too share in the same sufferings for the name of Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 2:14)
Father, in heaven, help your children to look at problems from the realm of eternity. Nothing escapes your notice and nothing catches you by surprise.Help us to heal from the passing moments of deep sadness and turn our mourning into joy. Fill us with your Holy Spirit so that it waters the seeds that you have planted in our hearts lest the Enemy of our salvation seeks it to snatch it away. Father, grant us faith that if we want to receive healing that you are there to grant the desires of our heart on this side of the cross and for eternity.