How does a Christian overcome depression? The answer to this question can be broken down into three separate parts with the first focus being on faith and hope, the second focus on prayer and fellow believers, and the last being on praise. These three factors are an important part of overcoming depression in the Christian life without medication and worldly advice. Let’s examine these areas closely while using the word of God for guidance.
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” (Psalms 42:5). Here we see David in his battle with depression in a time where medication wasn’t as profound as today and advice from doctors wasn’t taken. The first part in overcoming depression is stated in this verse as David tells his soul to Hope in God. To truly begin to overcome depression you must have faith and hope in God with the knowing that He will bring you out in due time. David said to hope in God, not doctors, not medicine and not a 7 step wellness program, but just simply God. When you put your hope and faith in God it then begins to open up a door for healing and blessing.
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.” (James 5:13). Prayer is our greatest weapon against evil and not just your own prayers, but also the prayers of other believers. As with any community of believers whenever there is a person suffering then everyone should pray for that believer and have the elders of the church pray over them also. “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:14). Whenever the body of believers comes together in prayer there amazing things happen and so the second part in overcome depression is individual prayer as well as the prayers and blessings of other believers.
“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!” (Psalms 146:1). The last part to complete the answer in dealing with depression is praise. We should praise the Lord always, but when we are sick we should praise Him for healing and bring health even when there is no sign of healing. True faith is whenever you thank God for healing even though you do not see the healing. Whenever you thank God for healing without seeing health you are then opening up a door for healing to begin and this is true faith and hope in the Lord. “But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” (Romans 8:25). Always praise God even for that which you do not see while waiting in faith and putting your hope and trust in the Lord that He will provide in due time.
Three main factors in dealing with depression with having faith and hoping in the Lord, praying and the prayers of others, and finally praising and thanking God for that which you do not see, but knowing that He will bring you out of despair. Always remember that when darkness surrounds you, there is always a greater light that will overcome your darkness. “For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.” (Psalms 18:28).