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Seeking prayers for the ability to come back to God and for mental health

Discussion in 'Prayer Wall' started by The Faceless, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. The Faceless

    The Faceless Has A Face

    United States
    Eastern Orthodox
    I walked away from God awhile ago because of intrusive thoughts due to OCD. My thoughts were terrible and my mind linked it to my faith in God. At that point I stepped away to ease the suffering and I have been much better off for it, from a wordly point of view. I've been relatively mentally healthy. Lately I have had a strong desire to come back to God and worship as I used to, but I am fearful to do so because I don't want my mental health to deteriorate once again.
    We teamed up with Faith Counseling. Can they help you today?
  2. well hey

    well hey little.soul

    United States
    Read a scripture that helps your sound mind, and take faith!!! God would smile and love it if you worshipped again and pursued him. YOu are in his hand and he is bigger than any mental health problem. Go for it!
  3. Mydreams

    Mydreams Well-Known Member

    Lord bless The Faceless, and this prayer, give a good mental health, and help to worship you. In Jesus loving name, Amen!
  4. Brotherly Spirit

    Brotherly Spirit Well-Known Member Supporter

    United States
    Hello TheFaceless, I'll certainly pray for you. A tip for O.C.D. concerning religion is be personal and humble coming to God. Sometimes we forget what it's all about misjudging ourselves for every little thing. Just remember to keep the whole picture in mind and leave the little things to Him. In the Lord, God bless!
  5. Susan Roberts

    Susan Roberts New Member

    United States
    I'm so glad that you are feeling drawn to God! He loves you and wants the best for you. I understand that OCD thoughts can really take over your outlook on life. As you are coming back into a relationship with the Lord, concentrate on uplifting scriptures and songs. Realize that you are a forgiven child of God and He has the power to change your thoughts. I'm praying for you!
  6. EzekielsWheels

    EzekielsWheels Well-Known Member Supporter

    United States
    I pray the Lord provides you the comfort you need. I'm not sure if you've actually left God but perhaps right now you're feeling distant from him because of this fear.
  7. Southernscotty

    Southernscotty Well-Known Member Angels Team Supporter

    United States
    Here is what Got Questions says dear friend

    Question: "How should a Christian view Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?"

    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) was formerly classified as an anxiety disorder but is now categorized separately by the American Psychological Association. OCD is characterized by obsessive thoughts that lead to compulsive behaviors. The thoughts are invasive and feel uncontrollable. Furthermore, the thoughts are anxiety-provoking, compelling the person to carry out certain behaviors to temporarily relieve the anxiety. Both the thoughts and compulsive routines interfere with daily life to varying degrees. Researchers have not found a cause for OCD, but they have identified parts of the brain that seem to be involved.

    In popular culture, we sometimes use “OCD” to describe people with an A-type personality or who may have excessive worry. But it is important to distinguish true Obsessive Compulsive Disorder from a heightened affinity for organization or cleanliness and from chronic worry. OCD is a real mental illness and is most often helped through specific forms of therapy and medication. That being said, it is important for those suffering from OCD to look at what the Bible says about anxiety and the trustworthiness of God.

    The root of OCD, or OCD-like behavior in those not actually suffering with the illness, is anxiety. While OCD is not mentioned by name in Scripture, the word worry occurs 36 times (NLT). The consistent warning is not to worry. Worry is sin because it ignores the power of prayer and obstructs faith (Philippians 4:6). Those who have never trusted Jesus as their Savior are slaves to sin such as worry and cannot free themselves (Romans 6:17–22). Believers who struggle with chronic worry have yet to understand their freedom in Jesus to have victory over sin (Ephesians 6:10–18). Once we have received Jesus as our Savior, we are a new creation in Christ. Christians must walk in the Spirit in order to put off their earthly nature and begin to think and act like Jesus (Colossians 3:1–10). This is also called having the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:15–16). With the mind of Christ, we can set our minds on things above (2 Corinthians 10:5; Colossians 3:1–3; Philippians 4:8). More importantly, as we grow in Christ, we begin to understand God’s sovereignty and His character. We come to trust Him more fully and can therefore give up our worries.

    Those suffering with OCD can be greatly helped by recalling the truth of Scripture. When confronted with an invasive thought, they can combat it with truth. A firm foundation in God’s Word will prove a reliable base from which to evaluate thoughts and compulsions. Sufferers can also be helped by therapeutic protocols designed specifically for OCD, through counseling and the use of pharmaceuticals. There is much hope for those suffering with OCD. Often, it is a combination of personal Bible study, medication, and discipling with a biblical counselor that leads to freedom. Regardless of their troubling symptoms, those with OCD can rest in the love of God and rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to give them grace to walk the path before them (2 Corinthians 12:8–10).