I’ve read a lot of books, watched a lot of TV shows, read a lot of blogs, and done a lot of listening to podcasts. I don’t really have a personal definition of a mental illness. It may be a diagnosis; it may be, like, a condition that someone experiences. I’ve thought about it a lot.
The word “illness” has been used a lot in religious circles over the last few centuries. We see this as evidence that a person’s mental condition is something that can be fixed. The common denominator is that the person has difficulty accepting the reality of their current state, and so they turn to religion to help them deal with their situation. It seems to me that this has become a more common occurrence in the twenty-first century.
It occurs to me that many people with mental illness may not have realized they were ill until they were in a hospital. At a certain stage of the illness, it may simply be too late to ask for divine intervention. They may well be in a state where they have no one to turn to but themselves. In that case, they may not even consider making a request to God at all.
Many people with mental illness don’t believe in the possibility of divine intervention, or they don’t believe that God will intervene in their life. That’s understandable. It’s also understandable why God doesn’t intervene. But many people with mental illness don’t seem to realize that they are in the grip of some evil force that they don’t understand. I have a friend who is in a psychotic episode. He was in the hospital for a year and a half.
I know this sounds like something out of a horror movie, but the reality is that if you get in a psychotic episode, you have a choice. You can either be the one who does the killing, or you can be the one who is the killer. One of the things that helped me through the mental illness was intercessory prayer. I started praying to God for mental illness, to let them know my prayers are being answered, and I started praying for my friend to be healed.
I’m talking about the kind of prayer that involves asking God for things that are happening in your life. For example, if you ask God to heal your mental illness, you’re praying for the person who is the cause of the illness. For example, if you ask God to heal your wife’s mentally ill condition, you’re praying for the person who is the cause of your wife’s illness.
We’ve seen a bunch of amazing prayer requests on the intercessory prayer page and the prayer requests page, and it seems to be working. Whether you’re asking God for your friend, your spouse, your parents, your pet, your enemy, or yourself to be healed, you are praying to God for healing and/or relief in your life. This is the kind of prayer that has been answered so many times that it is pretty self-explanatory.
Ill condition is the type of condition that God can heal. It would be difficult to ask for healing (like your mom’s cancer) that is impossible to get. But instead, you should pray to God for the healing YOU need and can get, as well as some spiritual comfort and peace.
For those who have a mental illness, you can pray to God to let you pray. For many, prayer is the most effective way to get help. For others, a prayer card can be very effective, depending on the nature of the illness. But while the Bible does offer guidelines for how to pray and how to interact with people with a mental illness, that is all they really offer.
In the movie, it’s clear that God wants us to be more aware of our mental illness, and that will help to overcome it. I have personally seen the movie, and I’m very hopeful that the video game version will include prayer options to help with any mental issues that a player might have. In the video game, you’re not limited to only the traditional forms of prayer, but can also ask the game to heal you from whatever it is that’s bothering you.