Most days when wake up, I try to start my day by asking God to use me to be a blessing to others. When the opportunity comes, I can sense it right away. Well sometime last week I had a patient come in for a dental cleaning and exam. She was very beautiful. Prior to doing any treatment (I’m a dental hygienist), I always have to ask if there had been any changes in “Medical history.” This means, is there any new medication, any medical conditions, any recent hospital visits or allergy changes. Believe it or not, even though I am mainly working in the mouth, any of these changes can effect treatment. So while waiting for a response, I thought “this lady looks perfectly fine.” Until she softly answered “yes, I was hospitalized recently.” She also listed out a long set of medication she was taking. She told me she was facing severe depression a few weeks ago. Now I’ve treated others with depression before, but for some reason, her response really stood out to me. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that depression in some cases can be a mental thing, and we should reach out for help when it gets overwhelming. But when she said her daughter–out of no where–started to get depressed, I began to pray in my spirit. I prayed hard. I knew this was a moment to talk with her, but I didn’t know where to start. But then, I started out by saying, “I pray that someday you won’t have to take those pills anymore.” I went on by asking if she believed in prayer. She said yes she did. She started reaching out to people about God and He had been helping her. I remember saying to her that Jesus is the one who can fully heal her depression. She stopped and and looked at me for a long time. She began to get teary eyed when she heard what I said. She told me to keep her in prayers and that she wanted to see me the next time she came. Her appointment ended and I thought that it was a special moment. I prayed, God got the glory, she left empowered and that was it.
Fast forward to this week, and actually to a few minutes ago, I was praying. LOUD, SO LOUD…while praying to God, I heard clearly “prayer over pills” and immediately that lady came back to mind. So I started to write, and here we are. To the person reading this right now, you may or may not be facing depression. You may or may not even be taking pills. But I’ll ask the question, what can you be “putting over prayer” today? Is it worry? Is it shame? Is it bills? Sickness? I challenge you today to go to Jesus Christ in prayer. 1 Peter 5:7 says “Casting all your care (worries) upon Him; for He careth for you.” Philippians 4:6 says “Be careful (worried) for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”