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A Thanksgiving Prayer
Do you have a loved one who is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse? Do you feel beaten down by the daily struggles of living with someone with addiction? You might not feel particularly thankful at this time of year, but there is hope. There are resources available to help get your loved one to turn away from their addiction and gain control of their life. Don’t go though another holiday season burdened down by your loved one’s addiction.
You might feel like a prayer is all you’ve got at this point, but actually, a prayer is really all you need. God hears our prayers and He answers them for our good, according to His will. Don’t be afraid to lift up your loved one and even yourself in prayer. Ask others to pray for you too, because God uses prayer to accomplish His will and bring you closer to Him.
Take Time for Prayer
This year, take a break from the busy holiday season to offer up a Thanksgiving prayer to your Lord and Savior. When you pray, let it be something like this:
“Dear Heavenly Father, you see all and you know all. You understand the struggles I’ve been facing lately, especially the challenge of my loved one’s substance abuse and addiction. While you hate sin and don’t want anyone to abuse their body in this way, you love your children, and you forgive our wrongs. Please place your protecting hand on all those who are caught up with addiction. Guard them, guide their actions, and change their hearts to want to serve and obey you. Please help my loved one see the danger of their situation, to acknowledge they can’t fix this on their own, and to accept help for their problem.
Lord, I know I struggle with the chaos my loved one’s addiction has caused. I am angry, hurt, scared, and frustrated. You know my deepest feelings, and you can heal all that is wrong in my life. Guide me to make good decisions, to have patience with my loved one, and to be a source of love and encouragement for them.
I know all good things come from you, Heavenly Father, and I thank you for all the blessings you have given me throughout my life. I especially thank you now for the resources you have placed in front of us to provide help for addiction.
Most importantly, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sins. The forgiveness He secured for us means we don’t have to worry about things in this life anymore because we have the assurance of eternal life with you in heaven. Help me to remember that heaven is our ultimate goal, no matter what happens on this earth. Bring my loved one close to you so they may enjoy a heavenly reward as well.
I know you have a plan for my life and for my family member. Please help me trust you, Lord, and leave all my worries in your control. Bless those who work with addicts and treat them, that through them you would provide hope and healing to my family.
All these things I pray confidently in Jesus’ name, knowing that you love me and will do what is best for my family. Amen.”
Christian Rehab for Recovery
Too many times we forget to pray about things that worry us. As you help your loved one work through their addiction, remember to ask God to be a part of the recovery. God has given you access to Christian rehab programs, which means your loved one’s recovery can take place under the guidance of Christians who will encourage renewal through God’s word. This is the best means for a full recovery for your family member. Thank God for that, and thank God for the other Christians He puts in our lives and the opportunities He gives us to study His word. Don’t underestimate the power of God to help your loved one heal.
You can be thankful, even if your loved one is struggling with addiction this season. Christian rehab can help you and your loved one maintain a focus on spiritual wellness. Take all your cares to God in prayer, and don’t forget to thank Him for all the blessings He continues to provide you with, for the hope of a renewed life for your loved one, and most importantly, for the hope of eternal life through Jesus.