Powerful Prayer Against Depression

“Reach up as high as you can today, and God will reach down the rest of the way” –St. Padre Pio.

Powerful Prayers Against Depression:

These two powerful prayers of the Church – Prayers Against Depression – affirm a few very important facts: Darkness is real – but God is always present (even when we don’t feel His presence); we are weak without God and therefore find strength in Him; God’s plan for our life can feel confusing at times but one day it will all become clear; we have nothing to fear; and, in everything, pray.

Anytime you are feeling down, depressed or lowly, go somewhere quiet and prayerfully read over these two powerful prayers. They are quick and easy to pray, and yet, they are powerful! Keep reaching, keep striving, keep looking upward. God will reach back to you in the most glorious (and mysterious) way that only He can.

Let’s get started:


“O Christ Jesus,
When all is darkness
and I feel my weakness and helplessness,
give me the sense of Your great Presence;

Your divine love and strength.

Help me to have perfect trust
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,

so that nothing may frighten or worry me.

For living close to You,
I shall see Your hand,

your purpose, and Your Will
will shine through all things.

In Your good and Holy Name I pray,
Amen.”

[Adapted prayer from St. Ignatius of Loyola]


“Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary that I have Your presence so that I do not forget You.
You know how easily I can abandon You.

Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak, and I need Your strength, so that I may not fall so often.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life, and without You I am without any fervor.
Stay with Me, Lord, for You are my Light, and without You I am in darkness.
Stay with me, Lord, and show me Your Will.
Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.
Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much, and to always be in Your company.
Stay with me, Lord, if You wish for me to be faithful to You.
Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is, I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a forever nest of love.
Stay with me, Lord, I need You now;
stay with me, Lord I always do.

Stay with me, Lord, I pray to You.
In Your Good and Holy Name I pray,
Amen.”

[Adapted prayer from St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina]


Anytime you are having depressed thoughts, pray these two powerful prayers. They are extremely powerful. And please share them with anyone else who may be struggling with depression today.

See also: Padre Pio’s “Miracle Prayer”

[Please let us know how we can be praying for you. May God continue to guide and keep you safe always.]


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