Mental Illness and the Church 5

Prayer and Trust in Sovereign Grace

Prayer and Trust in Sovereign Grace are also essential elements for the church to minister to those struggling with mental illness and those around them. We have to pray, and we have to entrust our souls and the souls of others to God's sovereign grace in the end, no matter what happens.

I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.
— 2 Timothy 1:3
Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.
— 1 Peter 4:19

If I did not preach to you the life of the world to come, I would not be a faithful preacher. This world is not your home. Stop trying to find ultimate happiness here. It is in Christ, and in heaven. Some things will never get better in this life and you need to learn to accept that, and praise God through the pain. We must pray first in admiration of God, then only later in supplication. Find your happiness in God, not in your answered prayer request. What God started in the garden he will finish in the new heavens and the new earth, where the river of life flows by the roots of the tree of life.

Let’s be the body of Christ and a true family to one another as the church...let’s not shoot our wounded. Let’s not never stop telling the wonderful story of the victorious Christ and his bride that is better than anyone’s story of sadness!

As that old hymn says:

I love to tell the story,
’Twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story
Of Jesus and His love.

In Prayer Today:

Praise God that His story is better than yours.