Addiction & Eternity: Pray Today
Has addiction cast a dark and lonely shadow in your life or the life of one you love very much?
A friend got sad news a few weeks ago. Her uncle had been released from prison and within days was found dead of an overdose. He died in the bathroom of a restaurant. He was not surrounded by family who loved him. He did not hear the Words of Jesus spoken over him before he took his last breath. He was not encouraged that he was leaving this world for a much better one. He just knew that this world was too hard. He decided to create a way out for himself.
But he did not leave here and move to a better place. He died. Death won. His suffering has not ended. He did not know Jesus. And heaven is not his new home.
That reality makes me want to do two things: 1) fall in the floor and wail 2) give up every useless activity so no one else dies that way.
What would you do to keep this from happening to your uncle, your friend? What am I doing?
Sundi Jo wrote about her uncle’s death here. Addiction has taken one too many lives in her family. How about yours?
What Should We Do?
I believe God will move our hearts to rescue the perishing and care for the dying. Ask Him what He wants you to do. Ask Him to show you how to pray for yourself or those you are desperate to help. He will show you. The Bible is FULL of what He wants for people. As you read it, He will show you what to ask of HIm for yourself or that person.
Start with this prayer from Sundi Jo:
God, my prayer today is for everyone one of us who has or is still struggling with some kind of addiction. Whether it’s drugs, alcohol, food, or our jobs. Help us get our eyes focused on You as the only source Who can fulfill our lives.
Forgive me when I run to things besides you. Thank You for second chances. Thank You for your strength to overcome. Jesus came to bind the broken hearted and set the captives free.
May we surrender to You, throw our hands in the air and confess that we can’t do this life without You. May we run to You and pour our hearts out to You.
May no final breath be taken without knowing we will spend eternity with You.
Have you seen God rescue someone from the captivity of addiction? Share with us in the comment section below.
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.