Prayers For Mental Illness
Insanity, madness, and craziness are terms that describe a spectrum of individual and group behaviors that are characterized by certain abnormal mental or behavioral patterns. Insanity can be manifest as violations of societal norms, including a person or persons becoming a danger to themselves or to other people. Conceptually, mental insanity also is associated with the biological phenomenon of contagion (that mental illness is infectious) as in the case of copycat suicides. In contemporary usage, the term insanity is an informal, un-scientific term denoting “mental instability”; thus, the term insanity defense is the legal definition of mental instability. In medicine, the general term psychosis is used to include the presence either of delusions or of hallucinations or both in a patient; and psychiatric illness is “psychopathology”, not mental insanity.
We have collected some of the best prayers for Mental Illness to use in request to God. May these prayers for safety bring you comfort and peace of mind. May these prayers for strength encourage your spirit and strengthen your faith.
National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding
Loving Creator, we come to you on this National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding because we know that you are a God of love and compassion. We come as people of all creeds and all nations seeking your presence, comfort and guidance. We come as consumers, family members, friends, co-workers and mental health professionals. We come this day because we believe that you, Divine One, love each one of us just as we are and you walk with us on our individual journeys through life. You see the ignorance and injustice that divides and separates persons struggling with mental illness and you weep with us.
Give us courage to face our challenges and open us today to the many ways you are already working in our midst. Help us to identify mental illness as the disease it is, that we might have courage and wisdom in the face of ignorance and stigma. Inspire us as we seek to overcome fear, acquire knowledge, and advocate for compassionate and enlightened treatment and services.
Lead us as we open our hearts and homes, our communities and job opportunities, our houses of worship and communities of faith. Enable us to find ways to be inclusive of persons living with mental illness in our everyday lives. Be with doctors, therapists, researchers, social workers, and all those in the helping professions as they seek to overcome ignorance and injustice with care and compassion.
Sometimes, Divine Spirit, we feel discouraged and hopeless in the face of so many challenges. Help us to see ourselves as you see us…persons of value and worth…persons of creativity and potential. May we come to understand the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit in bringing about health and wholeness. And may we go forward into our communities with a renewed sense of vision, hope and possibility for the future. Amen.
Reverend Susan Gregg-Schroeder (From https://www.nami.org/home)
For the Sick Person
O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need: We humbly ask that you behold, visit, and relieve those who suffer from depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. Look upon them with the eyes of your mercy; comfort them with a sense of your goodness; preserve them from the temptations of the enemy; and give them patience under their affliction. In your good time, restore them to health, and enable them to lead the rest of their life in reverence of you, and to your glory. Grant that finally they may dwell with you in life everlasting, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to your children who suffer with mental illnesses the help of your power, that their sickness may be turned into health, and our concern into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
For Strength and Confidence
Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve those challenged by serious and chronic mental and emotional illnesses. Give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that they may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Doctors and Nurses [Mental Health Care Providers]
Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention disease and pain. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit, that by their ministries the health of the community may be promoted and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Mentally Ill
Loving God, You are always near to us, especially, when we are weak, suffering and vulnerable.
Reach out to those who experience mental illness. Lift their burdens, calm their anxiety, and quiet their fears. Surround them with your healing presence that they may know that they are not alone. We ask this through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes and in the name of your Son, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
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Loving God, we pray today for those who are confronted by the sadness, ambiguity and confusion of mental illness, and for those upon whom they depend for attention and compassionate care. Look with mercy on all whose afflictions bring them weakness, distress, confusion or isolation. Provide for them homes of dignity and peace; give to them understanding helpers and the willingness to accept help. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Mental Illness
(a prayer for someone suffering with mental illness for their healing)
Dear Lord Jesus, I come before you to ask for the restoration and healing of my mind. Thank you that you became fully human and walked amongst us, so you understand the complexities of the human brain. So I lay this mental illness before the cross. I surrender it now to your grace, knowing that you have paid the price for my freedom. Come, Holy Spirit bring the touch of new balance, correction and wellbeing to my thought life. Come into the memories of my past and the confusion of my present with new hope, hope for a future of breaking free from mental illness into a new dawn. Lord, right now I trust in the power of your unfailing love and grace, and the freedom that is found in you. Come release me into all the good things that you have instore for me. Amen.
Short prayer for mental strength
Still my mind Lord. Come anchor me in your word and save my thoughts from endless drift. I will not go out onto the sea until my heart is at rest. Pull me into your harbour, for the ebb and flow of tides has left me dizzy, all at sea. I need a chance to just abide, to feel my feet touch solid ground. May time stand still until I find I’m filled up, until I’ve been refashioned and remade. Help me gather up my feelings, sift the memories, tend to the cracks. Help me search for tides that keep me, when I’m ready to go back. Then when I feel the winds are changing, I’m sail ready, strong and full. I’ll be safe on my adventures, prepared and restored in you.
A Prayer for Unconsciousness or Temporary Insanity
This prayer is recited for a person in trance or unconsciousness or temporary insanity, he or she shall become normal.
It is also recited to make a woman give birth to a living child if there were several miscarriages.
To seek forgiveness of sins and to get enough sustenance, recite this prayer on 40 consecutive Fridays, after sunset.
In the name of God, the beneficent, the merciful.
O God, truly, I beseech You. O He who is beyond the visual range
of created beings on account of the splendor of His light.
O he was demonstrates Himself through His majesty and might, and
makes known His purity and holiness by doing good (to His creation).
O He who is high and exalted in glory and greatness, having no equal in
distinction and eminence. O He who separates the good from the bad, in all affairs, how much intricate or remote they may be, for readily they lay bare every secret, in no time, on receiving His command.
O He in answer to whose call stood firm the heavens and the earths.
O He who made the skies more beautiful by decorating it with twinkling
stars, also a (useful) guide for the people wandering in (darkness).
O He who, very kindly, with delicate fineness, gave brightness to the moon,
to spread soft light I the gloomy dark night.
O He who filled the sun with radiating luminous energy, to make easy, for
mankind, pursuit of economic activity, and also a sure sign, separating
night form the day by His ever-dominating authority.
O He to who (alone) we must bow down to show gratitude in return of the
inundating downpour of His favors and bounties.
I beseech You, in the name of the intricate, strongly tied, hard to understand glory of Your arsh (seat of divine authority); (in the name of) the utmost mercy of Your book, and (in the name) of all names, which are Yours, (You) referred to Yourself, or You chose for Yourself, but kept in Your transcendental wisdom; (In the name of) all Your names, which are Yours, (You) revealed in Your book, or (those name which are) firmly and permanently learnt by heart by the pure ever prostrating (angles) all over Your arsh; and from their secret thoughts comes to the forefront sincere expression of unique and incomparable oneness of God (monotheism); and sure affirmation of Your singleness (without an equal), sharing together, with total submissiveness to You.
Verily You are God. You are God. You are God. there is no god except
You. And I beseech You, in name of Your names, through which You communicated to Kalim (Moses) on the celebrated mountain (Sina).
Thereafter the splendor of the unseeable light flashed magnificently, pulling down the mountain to ground level, breaking it into small pieces, (as if prostrating) before Your glory and majesty, and awe inspiring honour; trembling on account of Your omnipotent power; and frightsome, collapsing before You. Therefore, there is no god except You. There is no god except
And I beseech You, in the name of Your name, by which You partitioned the eyebrows of the eyes of on-lookers (to open the eyes and see), and by which You lets Your wisdom operate, and the proofs with which Your prophets made known the truth, whose minds and hearts were aware of Your being, while You are hidden in the secret stations of the innermost seclusion.
I beseech You, in the name of this particular name, to send blessings on Muhammad on the children of Muhammad, and send away from me, and from other suffering people, and from all the believing men and women, all frustrations, infirmities, accidents, diseases, errors, sins, doubts, polytheism, infidelity, rebellion, hypocrisy, destruction, ill-will, ignorance, anger, hardship, distress, corruption of conscience, impeding revenge, hostility of the enemies, subjugation to the cruel tyrants.
Verily You hear supplications, and is kind as much as You will.
1. God of All Comfort: Mental Health Worship Resource:
We confess that we have judged those who struggle with mental illness.
We have judged because we do not understand.
Forgive us for making assumptions. Forgive us for our indifference.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
2. Mental Health Ministries:
Comfort and relieve those who are troubled in mind and spirit.
Bring them hope, peace and the consolation of a loving community.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant patience and courage to the families and friends of those who are ill.
Increase their perseverance as they face challenges to recovery for their loved one.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Protect and defend those living with mental illness from exploitation, addictions and abuse.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
3. Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Church:
For those of us who suffer from some form of mental illness, we seek your presence in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones. Give us courage to face our challenges and open us today to the many ways you are already working in our midst.
Help us to identify mental illness as the disease it is, that we might have courage and wisdom in the face of ignorance and stigma. Inspire us as we seek to overcome fear, acquire knowledge, and advocate for compassionate and enlightened treatment and services.
4. Mental Health Matters, Church of England:
Tender God, Your gentle and kind-hearted love waits for us in the darkness and shields us from the light when it feels too overwhelming. We remember today all those who live in the depths of depression. Continue to cherish us all when we find it so difficult to cherish ourselves.
5. A Prayer for Mental Health:
Comfort those who live with the darkness of depression. May we be a light in the darkness for them. Teach us to avoid false cheerfulness, and instead give us wisdom to know how to help our friends and family who struggle in this way to come up for air. To see, again, your goodness. Lord, watch over those who are, even now, contemplating suicide. Stop their hands. Send someone to intervene.
6. A Prayer for Those Contemplating Suicide:
for those feeling unwanted and unloved,
for those who can love everyone but themselves,
for those who feel that the world would be better off without them,
Creator of us all, hear our prayer.
Send your rainbow of hope
arching over these dark moments. . . .
Your presence a bridge to one more day.
7. Catholic Health Association of the United States:
Loving God, You are always near to us, especially when we are weak, suffering and vulnerable. Reach out to those who experience mental illness. Lift their burdens, calm their anxiety, and quiet their fears. Surround them with your healing presence that they may know that they are not alone.
8. Prayer on the Theme of Mental Health:
O God, who has so faithfully cared for me in the past, and so often seen me through to safety:
Grant me that in moments of depression, desolation, failure and despair,
I may look back in gratitude. . . .
9. My Mental Illness and Christian Faith:
Have mercy on us, those who suffer from mental illness.
Please bring us comfort during our darkest hours and free us from confusion and emptiness.
Help us cling to You, Lord, when symptoms take over our very being.
We pray that Your Holy Spirit residing deep within us awakens our hearts and minds.
A Prayer to Live With Grace
May we discover through pain and torment,
the strength to live with grace and humor.
May we discover through doubt and anguish,
the strength to live with dignity and holiness.
May we discover through suffering and fear,
The strength to move toward healing.
May it come to pass that we be restored to health and to vigor.
May life grant us wellness of body, spirit, and mind.
And if this cannot be so, may we find in this transformation and passage
Moments of meaning, opportunities for love
and the deep and gracious calm that comes
when we allow ourselves to move on.
Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro
Suffering from Mental Illness
Lord of goodness and grace, we pray for Your special touch on all of those people everywhere who are suffering from mental illness. Help them to not despair, but to trust in Your mighty healing hand. Help them find good doctors and therapists who will give them proper treatment. Help them to find medication that relieves their symptoms without adverse side effects and help them remain on their counseling and medication regime. Amen.
People Living with Mental Illness
Loving God, I pray for all whose brains have been hurt by disease, injury, stress, trauma, and other factors of human life in a hard world. I pray for all who love them and want to help. I pray for your comfort in their grief, hope amid loss, and the balm of community with people who understand.
For people with mental illness–may they find hope in you and feel your longing for them.
For parents of children with mental illness–may they know the limits of their power both to cause and to cure.
For children of parents with mental illness–may they know you as loving parent and find places where they can grow up in safety, no matter how old they are.
For friends of suffering people–may they resist the temptation to try to “fix” their friends and recognize the simple power of their loving presence.
For spiritual leaders–may they deny both helplessness and overconfidence, courageously serving as first responders and faithful shepherds.
For people who need treatment and don’t receive it–may they recognize their need, believe life can be better, and find people who can help.
For those burdened by shame and stigma–may they walk into the light and find compassionate people.
Lord, I pray for light in the darkness. I pray that people with vulnerable minds will find hope and help among followers of Christ who will love them and point them toward what they need while letting them live with that need. I pray for acceptance and grace–the same kind of grace you offer so freely to all. I pray that many churches will embrace the opportunity for messy and sometimes thankless ministry among the marginalized, in the name of the one whose love knows no margins.
Child’s Mental Illness
God of compassion, I come to You in intercession for my child’s needs. Help me to get him the help he needs for this mental illness with therapy and physicians and medications. Help me find the best school for him, where he will be understood. Help me to be patient with him, even during his distressing symptoms, or when he’s refusing to stick with his therapy plan. Help me to find help for myself, so I can be a good mother and deal with all the stress. Amen.
Healing and Recovery of Loved One
O Lord, who restores, I intercede for my loved one who is the victim of mental illness. So much has been stolen from her, and in the name of Jesus, I am taking it back! Lord, I pray for Your provision of healing and recovery from this awful disease. Whether through medical intervention or miracle intervention or both, please heal her and restore her to perfect soundness of mind and body. Amen.
Prayers of the Faithful
For persons with a mental illness, and their families to find effective treatment for their illness and understanding and acceptance from others, we pray to the Lord.
For families who strive to understand and help their loved ones with mental illness, we pray to the Lord.
For people who live on the streets without homes or hope, we pray to the Lord.
For people with mental illness who are confined in jails and prisons, we pray to the Lord.
In thanksgiving for the compassion and dedication of mental health professionals and those providing care, we pray to the Lord.
For our elected officials to come to an understanding of the need for increased funding for mental health care, we pray to the Lord.
That the darkness of stigma, labels, exclusion and marginalization might be dispelled by the light of greater understanding, acceptance and respect for the dignity of every person, we pray to the Lord.
For each of us to reach out with support as we form a caring community, we pray to the Lord.
Joy for Loved One
My God of unspeakable joy, I bring to You my loved one who is mentally ill. When he is despondent and despairing of life, I pray You would flood him with heavenly joy. May Your joy overtake him, and sorrow and sighing flee away. Make his joy complete as he turns to Your Word and claims Your promises. Turn his thoughts from negativity to confident hope. Amen.
Loved One Suffering from Depression
O Lord, the Lifter of our heads, please reach out Your healing hand to my loved one suffering from depression. Give her the resolve to get out of bed and get physically active outdoors in the sunshine, so her spirits are lifted. When she wants to withdraw into herself, give her the strength to seek out friends and family, and engage socially. Help her take the steps she needs to take and get the help she needs to overcome the symptoms of this disease. Amen.
Those suffering from Mental Illness
This evening I was asked to pray the Invocation for the 23rd Candlelight Service for the Mentally Ill. Here was my prayer:
Eternal God, giver of life we gather here this evening to pray for our community, for each other and especially those who suffer with a diagnosis of mental illness.
Among us this evening are those who live with mental illness, we pray for your healing mercies to touch them, strengthen them, love them.
Some among us suffer from the diseases of addictions that hold them captive, we pray for their healing.
We commend to your mercy and defense all who are contemplating suicide today, right now. Bring someone or something to intervene.
For the families who have lost a loved one to mental illness, bring them comfort in trusting that your grace accepts their ill loved one, despite the final desperate act that brought them into your loving arms.
Empower us to speak up for those who do not have a voice; save us from making peace with the injustices in the social systems that have failed them.
Guide those who do research for the prevention and treatment of mental illnesses; uphold them with your compassion and diligence.
For those who are in recovery and for treatments that enable them to return to full and rewarding lives, we give you thanks.
For those who work daily to bring healing, comfort and justice for those who live with mental illness we give thanks and pray they may have the strength to carry on their work.
Heavenly Father, Giver of life and health, we trust that in your time and way, you will dispel all darkness with your light, all confusion with your order, all fear with your peace. Shalom.
Loved One Suffering from Anxiety
Lord of peace, please help my loved one who suffers from an anxiety disorder. Enable him to overcome the crippling fear and anxiety that are distorting his thoughts and disturbing his life. May all racing thoughts, lack of concentration, and restlessness leave, and may the tranquility of the Holy Spirit fill his mind and spirit. May all worry and feelings of impending doom leave now, and may he trust firmly in Your provision and care. Amen.
I Will be Healed of Mental Illness
Lord my Overcomer, I ask You for deliverance from this mental illness. The adversary has come to steal, kill, and destroy my health and well-being, but I thank You that Jesus came to bring abundant life. I pray for abundant health to flow through my spirit, my mind, and my body. I pray for the immediate release of all symptoms of this disease. Thank You for rescuing me. Amen.
For Mental Health Awareness
For all persons who face discrimination and stigma due to mental illness, that they will find welcome and inclusion as branches of Jesus’ vine,…Let us pray to the Lord.
For all persons — who themselves or within their families live with mental and emotional crises, that the joy and love of Jesus may bring them comfort,…Let us pray to the Lord.
For all persons who live with mental health concerns, that the Church and public agencies will act with justice to ensure the availability of necessary supportive services to aid in their recovery,…Let us pray to the Lord.
For all who provide services for persons whose lives are affected by mental illness – social workers, counselors, mental health professionals, pastoral caregivers – that they will bear witness to God’s spirit of love,…Let us pray to the Lord.
Healing from Depression
Father of lights, I pray for healing for this depression that is draining my energy, my drive, and my hope. I know there are things I need to do to feel better, but just thinking about them seems exhausting. Lord, help me take the first step. And when that first step is taken, help me take the next and the next. Lead me to that place where this fog will lift, and I will feel lighter, happier, healthier, and in control. Amen.
God to Deliver Me from Anxiety
God, my Peace-giver, I pray for this anxiety that has been afflicting my mind and emotions to be evicted. May all nervous behaviors, unpleasant feelings, and this pervading sense of uneasiness to leave now. Help me overcome this tension and issues with concentration. Help me be intentional in changing my thought patterns through meditation on Your Word, prayer, and trust in You, and claiming Your promises over my life. Amen.
My Freedom from Bipolar Disorder
My Lord and my Rescuer, I pray that You free me from this prison of bipolar disorder. Deliver me from these cycles of depression and inertia, followed by hyper-active manic behaviors. Help me to be able to sit still and chill when I need to. Deliver me from impulsive, reckless behaviors. Deliver me from the apathy, extreme sadness, hopelessness, and desire for isolation that accompany depressive stages. Give me even and stable emotions. Amen.