Day 5 – Light For My Path

Psalm 119:105 NLT
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet
    and a light for my path.

Today, let’s continue to turn to God’s Word. Every moment we feel ourselves sinking, every time feelings of despair and depression threaten to overwhelm us, let’s cling again to his Truth as the light that will guide our feet and illuminate our path step by step so that we can live this day.

Let’s read aloud, pray through, and submit our lives to the following Scripture:

Psalm 51:10-11 NIV
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit(’s filling) from me.

Psalm 34:18 NIV
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 84:2 NIV
My soul yearns, even faints,
    for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
    for the living God.

Psalm 88:1-2 NIV
LORD, you are the God who saves me;
    day and night I cry out to you.
May my prayer come before you;
    turn your ear to my cry.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the power of your Word. I welcome your truth to steady my heart and mind once again today. May your Word guide me step by step. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s give thanks in worship to God as we sing “House of the Lord” by Phil Wickham (click here)

-JL

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Day 4 – Resurrected

Matthew 9:9-12 NIV
As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” 

“Jesus sees Matthew’s condition in ways other people miss. Now one of the great lies of depression is that there is no one who can fully understand the hurt and pain we feel. But there is nothing that Jesus, our great physician, does not see. He sees the physical, the psychological, he knows our past, even the deep things no one else knows…Those words ‘got up’ are the same words the gospel writers would use to say Jesus ‘resurrected.’ In other words, Matthew resurrected! Matthew comes alive. Matthew is healed in the coming, he is healed in the following, and his healing continues as he walks with Jesus and learns from Jesus.” (P. Lee, paraphrased)

Jesus, our great physician who knows the depths of our being, calls us to follow him. Today, may we rise up again, and be resurrected and healed as we respond afresh to his call.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for your resurrection power that gives me new life today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s sing “My Peace” by Elijah Oyelade (click here)

-JL

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Day 3 – Unto Him

“The gospel is about Jesus, who did what you could not do…For us, where we were weak, Jesus believed his Father’s words and obeyed. He did this to bring you to God. In the weakness of depression, there are times when you hear misery and death more loudly than the words of God’s love for you. At those times, your hope is that someone else believed those words on your behalf…You can rest in his obedience and victory, which, after all, is your primary, spiritual job.” (Ed Welch, I Have a Psychiatric Diagnosis: What Does the Bible Say?, 57-58) 

Today, let’s determine again that we will worship Jesus alone as the Lord and Healer of our lives. Let’s trust and rest in him who obeyed and believed perfectly on our behalf. Let’s spend some time in confession and praise unto God as we pray for ourselves and for those in our missional groups and campus ministries according to Jude 1:24-25:

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (ESV)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I worship you. Thank you for making me blameless and keeping me to the end. I utterly depend on and rest in your obedience and victory for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s sing “Unto Him” by Shane & Shane (click here)

-JL

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Day 2 – Overwhelmed & Depressed

Psalm 88:1-6 NIV
LORD, you are the God who saves me;
    day and night I cry out to you.
May my prayer come before you;
    turn your ear to my cry.
I am overwhelmed with troubles
    and my life draws near to death.
I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
    I am like one without strength.
I am set apart with the dead,
    like the slain who lie in the grave,
whom you remember no more,
    who are cut off from your care.
You have put me in the lowest pit,
    in the darkest depths.
 
“The poet sees himself as being ignored and afflicted by God, but he continues to pray in the hope that Yahweh will once again prove himself to be the God of his salvation. Herein lies the essence of lament: though seemingly rejected by God, the petitioner will not cease to pray honestly.” (Jamie Grant, Psalms, NIVAC)

Let’s add Psalm 88 to our prayer vocabulary as we come before the Lord today. These God-given words teach us that even when we feel utterly overwhelmed and depressed, we can still exercise faith by expressing our raw laments and complaints as prayer directed to the God of our salvation.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the prayer of Psalm 88. Help me to never cease coming to you in honest desperation, for you hear and care about every cry of my heart. O God, rescue and save me again. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s sing “I Need You More” by Bethel as our confession (click here).

-JL

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Day 1 – Come to Me

Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

“Jesus’ yoke is more than a way of life or of thinking. It is a relationship, a following, a commitment. It is choosing to walk the walk of Jesus, to approach life his way, to attain ‘the whole measure of the fullness of Christ’ (Eph 4:13c). Therefore rest is not just a sense of peace and tranquility in the chaos of life. It too is a relationship, a rest in him and in dependence on him.” (Grant Osborne, Matthew, ZECNT)

Today, let’s open our hearts to hear Jesus’ invitation afresh, “Come to me…take my yoke upon you…learn from me.” In the very areas of overwhelming difficulty where we may have pushed his words aside in the past, let’s ask the Lord to help us now embrace his healing and life-giving counsel in new and deeper measure.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to you today in worship and in confession that you alone have the final word of hope and authority over my life. Help me as I say yes to walk in close relationship with you, to learn how to live from you, and to find my rest in you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship God with “Here I Bow” by Bethel (click here).

-JL

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