Have you really cried out for healing?

“And when Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us.” Matthew 9:27-30

This may seem a strange question. But believe it or not, depressed people often don’t think to ask for healing. I think I know why.

Depression, unlike almost any other illness, is often considered self-induced.  Sometimes it is, just like other people who engage in activities that make them unhealthy as well.

And nobody asks to be depressed. Once there, no one never wants to go back.

Lots of medical illnesses garner a lot of attention, as well they should.

But mental illness? Seldom.

And yet with the horrific events of mass shootings by mentally ill people, you would think that it would.

Some of the bravest, most courageous people are those who go about bravely leading their lives, taking care of their families, going to work while at the same time feeling a horrible sense of dread that defies understanding to anyone who has never felt it. They don’t cry out because they don’t think their illness is even worthy of mention, much less healing.

But we can cry out for healing just like the blind man in the bible. I know of no scripture verse that says otherwise and I feel like I know my Bible pretty well.

The blind men in the book of Matthew knew what they wanted. They wanted to be healed. They asked to be healed. How about you? Do you want to be free of your depression?

These men were healed immediately. I’m sure there are people who have been healed from depression immediately, too. For most of us, it’s more of a process. Probably because there are some principles we need to learn and coping strategies we need to put in place for the long run.

God heals depression by opening our eyes to the ways we contribute to our depression. God heals by prompting us to seek out medical help. God heals through medicine. God’s healing doesn’t ascribe to any one method. He can and does heal however He chooses.

One thing is for sure. God doesn’t generally heal unless He’s invited by someone.

It begins with the asking.

The blind men knew that.

Do you?

Have you prayed for healing? If so, are you trusting that He can? That he can? Are you willing to work with God in your healing?

If you answered no to any of those questions, may I gently ask “Why”?

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