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FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS & CARERS


PRAYERS FOR LOVED ONES OF THE MENTALLY ILL.


An episode of mental illness can transform a loved one into a stranger. For the Christian family and friends who grieve the changes in their loved one, this prayer asks God for strength and hope:


‘God of healing grace, be with those who love [insert name of individual struggling with mental illness]. Let us trust not in the confusion and fear surrounding [insert individual with psychiatric disorder]‘s condition, but in Your power and might to return our loved one to us. Remind us of Your love. Help us support [insert individual with mental illness]‘s recovery with patience and compassion. In Your loving and precious name, Amen.’



PRAYER FOR LOVED ONES OF AN ANXIOUS PERSON


Listening to an anxious person share his or her fears can be tough on a significant other, family member, or friend. The following prayer asks God to renew and strengthen those who support the anxious person:


‘God, grant me strength to be patient with [insert anxious person’s name]. Fill me with compassion, but let me walk away when I need a break. Please heal [insert anxious person’s name] in body, spirit, and mind, that he/she may live more and worry less. Amen.’



PRAYER FOR LOVED ONES OF A DEPRESSED PERSON


Depression can turn a loved one into an empty, hurting person. Supporting a loved one with depression is necessary for that individual’s well being, but hard on everyone who loves him or her. The following prayer asks God to comfort the loved ones of a depressed person:


‘God of love, as You were there with Jesus’ family at the cross, be with [insert depressed individual’s name] and his/her family in the darkness of depression. Hold all who love [insert individual struggling with depression] in Your arms. Let them trust that [insert depressed person] is in Your care, and bring strength, hope, and comfort to all who wait with [insert depressed person’s name] for relief. Amen.’


Melissa Roberts



from Suite101: Prayers for Mental Illness: Christian Prayer Ideas for Psychiatric Disorders


 http://www.suite101.com/content/prayers-for-mental-illness-a180153#ixzz1H7rTY000