Mental illness is distressing not only for the person who struggles with it, but also for family members and friends. Unlike physical illness, that can usually be observed and diagnosed, mental illness is rarely seen or understood by others and difficult to diagnose. When they finally do receive a diagnosis, it often continues to be a struggle finding the best treatment. Folks with mental illness deal with a myriad of challenges that affect their personal relationships, their jobs, their finances as well as their physical and emotional well-being. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just pray mental illness away?
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
One Small Step: We should certainly pray for God to heal mental illness, but I believe God still calls us to do our part, working toward our own recovery and supporting others who struggle with it. Check out NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for helpful resources.