Prayer for the Mentally Ill


Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I wish You all well.

This week 29 year old Richard Russell – a ground worker at Seattle airport – stole a 76-seat, twin-engine turboprop Bombardier Q400, did some rolls with it and then crashed into an uninhabited area, killing himself and destroying the plane.

People I have met have brought up the subject of Richard’s demise with a bit of a smile on their faces. If Richard had hit a town or managed to claim the life of a stowaway cleaner then they would not be smiling at all.

Richard describes himself as “a broken man” and as having a “screw loose”. And therein lies the tragedy of mental illness. Those who suffer from it most often know that all is not right. Yes, they can seek help but many fear the side effects and the direct effects of the powerful pills they’ll be prescribed.

16 million people in the UK experience a mental illness. 

Today let’s not seek an answer to Richard’s flight of madness. There is just one anyway: he was mentally ill when he decided to steal that plane. May he rest in peace and may his family find comfort in Jesus.

I leave You with this prayer and with my best wishes for Your week to come. God Bless You and Your families this summer.

Father, You said that You would give rest to all who are weary and heavy burdened. Your yoke is easy and Your burdens are light.  We are supposed to trust in You with all of our hearts and not depend on our own understanding.  We are to seek Your will in all that we do and You will show us which path to take.  You are the God who will bring rest to our souls.  We trust in Your Word and believe that Your Word will be operative in the hearts and souls of those with mental illnesses.  We confess that when they walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive them and stretch forth Your hand and save them. You have left Your gift of peace of mind with them and we pray that their hearts will not be afraid.  We confess, even though they may be pressed on every side by troubles, they will not be crushed and broken.  They may feel perplexed, but they will not give up and quit.  They may be hunted down, but You will never abandon them.  They may be knocked down, but they will get up and keep going.  Father, we confess that they will lie down without fear and enjoy pleasant dreams.  They will not be afraid of the threat of disaster or destruction; for You are their security.