#979 – Praying for Mental Health Workers (Psalm 105:4) - Radical

#979 – Praying for Mental Health Workers (Psalm 105:4)

“Seek the Lord and his strength. Seek his presence continually.”
(Psalm 105:4)

What a great verse to memorize. So simple, but to hide this in your heart, especially during these days where we’re facing just on a daily basis, unique strains and unique challenges. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually, especially as we’re praying for each other in the middle of this pandemic, interceding on one another’s behalf. And let me encourage you to continue to send in prayer requests at radical.net/prayerrequests, As we think about specific ways we can pray for each other in light of the coronavirus.

Today we pray for mental health workers who are standing in the gap for many people in a variety of ways during this pandemic.

And I want to read today from Selenia, Selenia says,” My husband is an attending doctoral psychologist at a major hospital in New York city. The hospital has deployed my husband and all of the other mental health workers in the hospital to provide onsite emotional support to doctors, nurses, and nonmedical hospitals, staff. They’re also staffing a call in line, similar to many other mental health workers around the country in the world, they’re being called upon to provide an extra measure of support during these days. My husband has been bravely doing all that he can, but he’s feeling the strain and while he spends all his days being there to treat others, there’ve been no resources allocated to supporting him and his fellow mental health caregivers. So please pray that he and others like him will experience an extra measure of energy and peace and joy and strength, as they work for the wellness of others while facing burnout traumatization in their own minds and hearts.”

I’m so thankful for you sending that in Selenia and giving us the opportunity to pray specifically for your husband right now and a lot of other people like him. Especially mental health workers who are standing in the gap right now and so many ways that are needed and carrying a lot of burdens in the process. And I just can’t help to think, as I read what Selenia wrote, of Psalm chapter 105 verse four. Seek the Lord and his strength. Seek his presence continually. So God, we pray right now for Selenia’s husbands specifically. God, we pray that you would be his strength. That as he seeks your presence continually, that you would show yourself strong on his behalf.

And not just his behalf, but others like for his whole team, for others specifically, there in New York city. As well as other hotspots here and around the world, God, please provide strength to these workers who are particularly caring. For doctors, caring for nurses, caring for health workers as they’re caring for others. God, we lift them all up to you. We pray for your strength in all of them. We pray for your strength for every doctor, every nurse right now for nonmedical hospitals staff, for your strength for them, and then for those who are helping them. God, we pray that in every single one of their lives including Selenia’s husband, that they would look to you and find strength from you. Find joy from you, find peace from you.

Lord, we know all of these things ultimately are found in you alone. We seek you for strength during these days. We all do. Amidst weakness in so many different ways, God, we seek you for strength and we seek your presence continually. And we praise you that you have not left us alone in this world of sickness and sin and suffering. All glory be to your name for your presence with us. We praise you for your promise that we are never alone, that you’re always with us. So may Selenia’s husband know that, and may every single person who’s listening to this right now know that reality. God help us all to do Psalm 105 verse four during these days, to seek you and your strength, to seek your presence continually. And to know and experience that which only flows from you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.

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