Mental illness

Daniel 4 relates the story of King Nebuchadnezzar’s prophetic dream of his insanity and how it came about. For seven years he lived outside and ate grass as oxen.

Daniel 4:34-35 (New International Version)
At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”

The name for God he uses is El Elyon, God Most High. This same name was first revealed to Abraham after he and his 318 men defeated four kings and armies. Afterward Melchizedek king of Salem and priest of God Most High (El Elyon) said

Genesis 14:19b-20a
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.”

El Elyon, God Most High,
You are sovereign. We give You thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
You rule supremely over all. All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Joseph honored You in Potiphar’s house, in prison, and in Pharoah’s court, and You made Your face to shine upon him. We give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus.
No person or spirit, no circumstances of life, can thwart Your plan. You can take what was meant for evil and turn it for good. All the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord!
At the name of El Elyon, Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal “king of nations,” and Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon must submit. El Elyon is God Most High!
The world was called into being by Your word. Your spoken breath framed the world. We trust in You. By Your kindness we are not moved. We are not moved by Your enemies. We are not moved by the spirits that moved Amraphel, Arioch, Chedorlaomer, Tidal, and Nebuchadnezzar.
We lift up those who suffer from neurological and psychiatric disease in the Mississippi Delta, especially _______. Make Your face to shine upon them. Embed them in Your kindness. Lay hold of all their enemies; your right hand will seize their foes. Keep them from being moved. Keep them from being moved by the spirits represented in Amraphel, Arioch, Chedorlaomer, Tidal, and Nebuchadnezzar. Amen.
Numbers 14:21, Ephesians 5:18,20, Romans 8:28, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Genesis 45:5-8, Hebrews 11:3, Psalm 21:7-8

Inspiration for this prayer came from The Peace and Power of Knowing God’s Name by Kay Arthur. Previous posts on mental illness may be found here and here.

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