Prayer for Depression and Hopelessness

Updated: Jun 2, 2020

1 Timothy 2:1-2 - I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.


If you know anything about me, you know I love nature. My Instagram feed is filled with pictures I take when I go for walks at local parks. I love being outside, enjoying the sunshine and the cool breeze. When I see something that is especially majestic to me, like a rainbow, a shooting star, or a pink sunset, I often thank God for it. I am regularly amazed by His creation.

Over the course of the past couple months, I found myself growing jaded with humanity. News articles were dispiriting as tensions continued to increase everywhere. I found my depression and feelings of hopelessness mounting over everything that was happening in our society. I even become angry at times. Walking outside in the fresh air was one of the only things that took my mind off of my growing anger, depression, and hopelessness.


Then, a few days ago, I started a Bible study from Hello Mornings called, "The Faithful Household of God." On day four, the study discussed 1 Timothy 2:1-2 - I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. (emphasis mine)


The author, Jennifer Hong, then stated,


"Paul asks Timothy and the Ephesian church to pray for those in authority, “that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (verse 2). Consider the historical context. Nero was the brutal Roman Emperor during Paul’s ministry. Nero ordered the death of his own mother and killed his first wife. He became infamous for the persecution of Christians, particularly following the great fire of Rome in 64 A.D. Later, both Paul and Peter were among the Christians martyred under Nero. The threat to the Church’s “peaceful and quiet life” was immense."

When I read this, I realized something: I thank God for His creation of nature all the time. But I never, ever, thank Him for His creation of human beings! I've never once prayed for all of humanity, or asked God to intercede on their behalf. I have rarely ever prayed for those in charge, especially not leaders of other countries! I realized that all this time, I have been hosting the sin of pride within myself!