Addiction is idolatry. The addict is an idolater who has made an idol, not with his hands, but with his heart (Ezekiel 14:3). Addiction is in reality a lordship problem. The addict has surrendered himself or herself to something or someone other than God. The reason for this surrender is to meet some need or to fulfill some desire. The person turns to something or someone rather than God to meet the need or the desire.
Yet, you must realize that there are no helpless cases where Jesus Christ is concerned. The power of Jesus Christ can set the addict free. Through Him, the addict can receive hope and deliverance. This is not just a religious cliché. These are not fancy words that are empty of power and meaning. Jesus Christ is real and His power to change lives stands as an unchanging truth. You can see this power flow into a person's life through prayer. You can receive this power through prayer. Your loved one can be set free! You can be set free through the power of Jesus Christ!
The following is a prayer guide that you can use for those who are addicted. You can use these Scripture prayers to intercede for others. You could also use them for yourself if you are addicted.
Father, I pray that You draw _________________ into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Let the transforming power of Jesus Christ flow into his/her life (John 3:3,15-17).
Lord, I pray that You grant repentance to _______; cause ______ to turn from this addiction to Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:25-26).
I pray that ______sees and understands that Jesus Christ is sufficient for him/her. Let ______understand that Jesus Christ can meet his/her greatest needs and that He is the only hope that he/she has (Colossians 1:15-23).
I pray that ________sees the dangers involved with his/her addiction. Open ______’s eyes to the damage and destruction that his/her addiction brings into his/her life. Take away _____’s blindness concerning the danger and destruction of his/her addiction (Proverbs 14: 12).
Father, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ that the demonic strongholds in ‘s life are broken. Through the blood of Jesus and the authority of His name, I pray that the demonic powers are removed away from __________.
I pray in the name of Jesus that any influence that Satan or his demons have in ______’s life is removed (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
Father, I ask You to annihilate any pleasure, satisfaction, or comfort that _______’s addictive behavior provides him/her. Let _________find no benefit or help in the addictive behavior. Cause this addiction to be bitter in his/her sight (Hosea 2:6-7; Ezekiel 37:23).
Holy Spirit, I pray that You destroy the grip that this addiction has on ________ 's life. You have the power to break the desire for and the slavery to this addiction. Release this power into _________’s life. Let the power that created the world and raised Jesus from the dead flow into _______ life, breaking this addiction and turning ________to the Lord Jesus Christ (Genesis 1:2; Acts 2:32; John 16:7-8).
Father, I pray in the name of Jesus that You enable _______ to cope with the physical and emotional pain in his/her life. Do not allow Satan to use these things to keep _______ dependent on his/her addictive behavior.
Cause ______ to turn to You for the strength to cope with these things. Rescue ______from turning to the addictive behavior for relief from the pain. Let Your grace and power flow into _________‘s life. Teach ______to depend on You rather than the addiction (2 Corinthians 1 :3-4; Psalm 86: 17; Isaiah 12: 1, 49: 10, 51:3, 12, 52:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).
I pray that You empower ______ to face and deal with the pressures of life. Instead of turning to the addictive behavior for the strength to cope, teach ______to turn to You. Reveal Yourself to him/her as the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. Let Your mercy and comfort flow into _______’s life (2 Corinthians 1 :3-4, 8-9).
Lord, I ask You to strengthen ______'s family. Grant them hope, peace, and grace. Give them the wisdom that they need to minister to __________. Pour out on them a spirit of persevering prayer for ______ . Do not allow them to faint under the pain, misery, or hopelessness that ______ 's addiction produces (Proverbs 17: 17; Ecclesiastes 4: 10).
Father, I ask You to cut ______off from anyone that enables or encourages _________to continue in his/her addiction. Remove from his/her life any relationship that influences _________to continue in his/her addictive behavior.
I pray that You send believers into __________’s life who will love and minister to ________________. Give to them a burden to help ______(Psalm 1: 1; Proverbs 1: 10-18).
I pray that ___________ knows and understands that there is hope and deliverance for him/her. Deliver ______ from hopelessness and despair concerning this. Protect ________from Satan's lies that he/she is a hopeless case.
Cause __________ to realize that there is deliverance through Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Mark 10:51-52).
Father, I pray that as the deer pants after the streams of water, so _________longs for and desires You. I ask You to grant him/her a deep and abiding hunger for Yourself I pray that ______ desires You more than life itself. Enable _______ to get rid of his/her addictive behavior because he/she desires and hungers for You above anything or anybody (Psalm 42:1,73:25-26).
Father, Your Word says that You heal the brokenhearted and that You bind up their wounds. I ask You to heal what is hurting ____so much that he/she turns to this addictive behavior for help and relief. I pray that Your healing power flows into _______’s life bringing healing to his/her damaged emotions. Set _____ free of any past wounds that drive him/her to this addictive behavior (Psalm 147:3).
Father, I pray that ______turns to the Word of God for help and for hope. Let ______be exposed to sound teaching and preaching of God's Word. Grant _______a hunger for God’s Word; cause him/her to search for Your truth and to seek for that truth in God’s Word. (Psalm 19; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; John 8:32)
Father, I pray that ______realizes that he/she has a problem. Holy Spirit, work into ______'s heart a deep and abiding conviction concerning his/her addictive behavior . Cause him/her to recognize that Jesus Christ is his/her only hope. Deliver him/her from any excuses or rationalizations that he/she uses to continue in the addictive behavior (John 16:7-8).
God, You are the Healer. Your name is Jehovah our Healer. You are a God who can heal. I pray that You touch and heal _______ 's body. Set him/her free from this addiction. Work in his/her body so that he/she no longer needs the addiction (Exodus 15:26).
In Jesus' Name, Amen