I can be naive. In my rural hometown of less than 1200 people, everyone knows everyone. Growing up with my grandparents and extended family down the street from where I lived is something I cherish. We went to church on Sundays and always ate Sunday dinner together afterward. It was normal to be active in our small youth group which gathered Wednesday and sometimes Saturday nights. We would play games, talk about Jesus, and lose track of time. Everyone knew each other; we all knew our youth pastors, and everyone knew each others parents and families.
Before moving away for college, I did not know anything but small town life. My high school graduating class had a total of 22 eager students who were ready for the real world. Moving away for college was fun, exciting, and scary all at the same time. Like everyone who ventures away from home, we grow more independent as time flies by, we learn how to adapt and spread our wings. Before I knew it, I had the best friends anyone could ever have, a college degree, and a ton of life lessons learned.
I became a social worker to help others. My parents helped others by opening our home to anyone who needed a place to stay, either just for a short time or forever. It was not unusual for us to have house guests. This was my normal. Personally, I did not know a world that hurt other people. But I knew there were hurting people in the world, and I was determined to help them all!
My passion was working with children and teens so I eventually began working in the foster care system. My heart still aches for our children who have been and who are being mistreated, abused, and neglected. Since being laid off, I began volunteering with my church’s youth group in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area. I cannot begin to comprehend how our youth of today survive without Jesus. The depression, eating disorders, abuse, and trauma that I hear every week is alarming. Each week as I wait to pray with the youth at the alter, I am filled with compassion and determination to continue making a difference through prayer.
Jesus is bigger than depression. He is bigger than all of the hurt, pain, disorders and diseases in this world! John 16:33 says, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” What a comforting promise Jesus has given us to help us through hard times.
Prayer changes things. I believe that when we ask God for protection, He sends angels right away. I believe that when we ask Him for answers, the Holy Spirit begins to guide us to the answers we need. I believe that when we seek God with all of our hearts we will experience God and His peace like never before. And I believe that God wants to heal us from depression, diseases and disorders. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you, ” Matthew 7:7. ” You do not have, because you do not ask,” James 4:2.
My friends, be bold and ask God for the impossible. Matthew 17:20 says, “He said to them, “For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Be encouraged, be bold, and believe in miracles. Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37). Ask God for your miracle, just by asking, you are honoring God and exercising your faith!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your faithfulness and love. Thank you for your promise of healing, I receive it now. I ask that you lift the heavy burden of depression, loneliness, sadness, sickness, and disease from me now. Show me how to walk in faith and receive Your healing in every way, in Jesus’ name, amen.