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Last week I shared how God used an addict, my brother, to convict me of Godly compassion. I was overwhelmed by the support and outreach from readers who have had addiction touch their lives. It touched my heart, because you see, I was scared to share that with you. I even considered taking the article down when I first hit publish.
So I want to talk about prayer, specifically praying for an addict.
Prayer is the most powerful tool we have in our arsenal when it come to fighting addiction, and my dear friends, it is a battle.
Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the author, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Simply put, addiction is from Satan, for his goal is to steal, kill, and destroy us. John 10:10
When we pray on behalf of someone else we are standing in the gap before that person and God. You are also engaging in spiritual warfare.
First, if Jesus is your personal savior, then through His blood the enemy has been defeated (Revelation 12:11) and as His heir you have claim to this promise and power.
When praying ask God to put a hedge of protection around you and your loved one. Job 1:10
Second, you need to plead the blood of Jesus over yourself and the person you are praying for. It is only through Jesus’ blood shed on the cross that we have any authority over the things of this earth and the things of the spiritual world.
Third, the word of God is powerful and living. Pray aloud God’s promises from scripture. Isiah 61:1 is an excellent verse in regards to addiction.
Many of you have prayed and may not see immediate results. Do not become disheartened. In Daniel 10:13 we read that an angel coming to the prophets aid was detained in battle for 21 days. Our prayers are heard and are effective, but the battle must still be fought.
God tells us to pray without ceasing. Our prayers allow God to work where sin has shut Him out.
Let us pray together,
We pray a hedge of protection around ourselves, our homes, family, and name of person. We plead the blood of Jesus over _________’s addiction. We plead the blood of Jesus over their desire for drugs/alcohol. Your word promises to set the captives free and to release from darkness for the prisoned. We pray that your Holy Spirit would work in our hearts and ________, that your name would be uplifted and glorified.
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
What verses do you to proclaim God’s promises to us?
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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.