What does depression do? Where does depression hurt? It’s your heart. It makes you lose heart. I have friends who are struggling with this horrible, deadly disease, and I can say that most times I feel powerless to in any way help them. It is almost unfathomable to me, how anyone could be so down, especially Christians who are supposed to know the ever-reaching love of God. It’s frustrating.
But you know, I have the love of Christ in me. So I know that I won’t ever give up on them. I can be there to encourage and to pray. I can come against any and every evil spirit of pride, hate or depression that’s taken a hold of my brother in Christ. I just wish something would really happen, like drastically. And I can’t see much progress. I wish God would work faster, but I must trust in His perfect timing.
There’s only so much encouragement I or anyone else can give. There is a limit to our human abilities, our medical remedies. But there is no limit to the glorious power of the Spirit of God. He places light and hope into our hearts. He transforms us from the inside out. He does it for me, and He does it for the suffering people around me. My role as an intercessor is this: to lift them up into the hands of God and let Him do His perfect work. It’s hard sometimes, but I’ll keep praying. Because that’s what love is. Love doesn’t give up.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”–2 Corinthians 4:16-18