Somehow, some way, we’ve all felt it. We’ve experienced it, either directly or indirectly. We have used and successfully walked away, or we are still using. Some of us can control the substances in our lives, many of us cannot. Many have recognized their struggle and have addressed it, many more have not. Still, we love them. They are our parents, our siblings, our spouses, our children…they are ourselves. So, I offer you my humble prayer. May it comfort you, but also equip you with the weapons to claim your spiritual territory and take your loved ones back from the enemy.
For the addicts, that an uncomfortable distaste for the controlling substance would grow inside them, and that their desire to avoid addiction and be loving and sober family members and friends would be greater than their desire to use those substances;
For spouses and friends of addicts, that their love would convict them and motivate them to stay emotionally and physically faithful to their addict, and that the families and friends would learn the realities of the disease of addiction and choose to stay safely with and support their addict in recovery;
For the true followers of Jesus in the families, that they would not speak but you, Lord, speak through them so the words spoken would be loving, wise, and just what their loved ones need to hear, and that their loved ones would receive and accept those words, and would be lovingly drawn back to you;
And for entire families, Father, that the test of addiction would open eyes to their need for you and increase their awareness of your love for them and your ability to do ALL things, even help them heal, forgive, and come back together stronger.
Save us, Lord Jesus, hear our prayer!
When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.
Jonah 2:7 NIV
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