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Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
At a time where life ought to be exciting for a teenager, it surprises me when I read about the rate of teen suicides. Why are there so many? Teenagers struggle with so many things these days. Sin is ever before them – young people desiring to be treated like adults and they dive into adult sins at such an early age. Television, talk radio, music, and the Internet are filled with horrible things – things that I was not exposed to as a teenager.
Sinful things are ever before the eyes of teenagers and it’s robbing you of your innocence. Do you really think a teenager would be depressed if she didn’t read/see the horrible things around her? Yes, I got depressed as a teenager but I was not saved and didn’t have the Lord to turn to like a saved teen girl.
Prayer for me was saying the rosary – there was no personal relationship with Jesus Christ at all. I didn’t know that I could have such a close relationship with the One who could be end up being my very best friend! In fact, I could have turned to Him and told Him all about my troubles and He would have given me peace. I was trying to live my life by my own strength – and that strength, teen girl, was very small indeed.
Proverbs 24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
Prayer is telling God all about your needs, your sorrows, and your troubles. God then talks to you and provides comforts through His Word. It is then that you realize that it is God’s strength that helps you through depression. Your eyes are taken off of you and placed on Him, where they belong.
Are you depressed right now, teen girl? READ, READ, READ your Bible. Dig into the Book of Psalms and see how David dealt with his depression. Psalm 51 shows David’s heart and his tears were very real. Yet through it all, he knew what he needed – and it’s exactly what you need as well. :)
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.