Prayer For Avoiding Drugs
The power of prayer in addiction recovery
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
Struggling with a substance abuse addiction takes its toll not only physically and emotionally, but spiritually as well.
That’s why Christian drug and alcohol treatment centers strongly believe in treating the person as a whole; mind, body and spirit.
How does prayer work in recovery? The power of prayer in recovery builds hope and provides the motivation and strength to fight the good fight against addiction.
Finding or restoring a relationship with God during rehab provides a powerful Helper while on the journey to life-long recovery. Strengthening a relationship with God through group and personal Bible studies, and fellowship with others through prayer groups, provides an unexplainable sense of peace and boundless hope. In its essence, faith in recovery needs to be accompanied by actions.
“Jesus stopped and called them. ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ he asked. ‘Lord,’ they answered, ‘we want our sight.’ Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.” -Matthew 20:32-34
The healing power of prayer is a proven fact that scientific and medical research equally support. There are documented studies that prayer has healed many serious diseases much to the puzzlement of medical practitioners. The power of prayer is a mighty God-given gift that can heal addiction too.
No one is without weakness; no one. How we react to that weakness, however, makes all the difference in the world. Turning to drugs or alcohol is the easy way out and not the reaction God desires.
God offers unlimited strength to those who turn to Him in prayer; releasing control and allowing Him to take charge of that weakness – that addiction – will extinguish its power and hold on an addict’s life.
There are many more benefits gained through genuine faith and prayer:
- You will never be alone in the battle
- Relief from fear and anxiety
- Balance of mind, body and spirit
- Experiencing pure joy which increases the effectiveness of treatment during rehab
- Inspiration to do the work necessary to achieve a new life free of addiction
- Greater mental focus
- Diminished stress levels
- Strength against addiction triggers
- Reduced rate of relapse
- An increase of dopamine levels in the brain generating the serenity once manufactured by drug use
- Absence of depression
- A 24/7 Helper to guide you to making the right choices while accepting what cannot be changed
How to Pray
“I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1-2
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Think of prayer as a conversation between you and God. Talk to Him as if you were talking with a friend. Prayer does not have to be a script; filled with ‘thee’ and ‘thou.’ God wants to hear from you – personally.
A good guideline is to:
- Start with some praise, tell Him how you care for Him and trust in Him alone
- Thank Him for the blessings in your life; big and small
- Ask Him for healing from your addiction and share the desires of your heart with Him
- Ask for forgiveness
- Ask for strength and protection against the evil powers of addiction
The 12-Step Recovery and Prayer
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference” – Reinhold Niebuhr
A.A. and N.A. believe deeply in utilizing the power of prayer for recovery and healing. A countless number of addicts have achieved successful long-term recovery with the strength gained through praying to God.
Each of the twelve steps is complemented by a prayer which can be incorporated into personal prayer time. Reciting the Prayer of Serenity during A.A. meetings is customary and a good prayer to find strength on a daily basis during life-long recovery (what the Serenity Prayer means).
Believe in the Power of Prayer for Recovery
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” –John 10:10
Drugs and alcohol are not your friends. They are the enemy – the thief – that is intent on destroying lives and families. God promises unconditional love, protection from your enemies, a Helper to guide you and strength to carry you through. All you have to do is believe.
Avoiding Drug Interactions | FDA
People often combine foods. For example, chocolate and peanut butter might be considered a tasty combination. But eating chocolate and taking certain drugs might carry risks. In fact, eating chocolate and taking monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, such as Nardil (phenelzine) or Parnate (tranylcypromine), could be dangerous.
MAO inhibitors treat depression. Someone who eats an excessive amount of chocolate after taking an MAO inhibitor may experience a sharp rise in blood pressure.
Other foods that should be avoided when taking MAO inhibitors: aged cheese, sausage, bologna, pepperoni, and salami. These foods can also cause elevated blood pressure when taken with these medications.
There are three main types of drug interactions:
“Consumers should learn about the warnings for their medications and talk with their health care professionals about how to lower the risk of interactions,” says Shiew-Mei Huang, Ph.D., deputy director of the Office of Clinical Pharmacology in FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER).
Drugs with Food and Beverages
Consequences of drug interactions with food and beverages may include delayed, decreased, or enhanced absorption of a medication. Food can affect the bioavailability (the degree and rate at which a drug is absorbed into someone's system), metabolism, and excretion of certain medications.
Examples of drug interactions with food and beverages …
Alcohol: If you are taking any sort of medication, it's recommended that you avoid alcohol, which can increase or decrease the effect of many drugs.
Grapefruit juice: Grapefruit and grapefruit juice is often mentioned as a product that can interact negatively with drugs, but the actual number of drugs the juice can interact with is less well-known.
Grapefruit juice shouldn't be taken with certain blood pressure-lowering drugs or cyclosporine for the prevention of organ transplant rejection.
That's because grapefruit juice can cause higher levels of those medicines in your body, making it more ly that you will have side effects from the medicine.The juice can also interact to cause higher blood levels of the anti-anxiety medicine Buspar (buspirone); the anti-malaria drugs Quinerva or Quinite (quinine); and Halcion (triazolam), a medication used to treat insomnia. To learn more, read Grapefruit Juice and Some Drugs Don't Mix.
Licorice: This would appear to be a fairly harmless snack food. However, for someone taking Lanoxin (digoxin), some forms of licorice may increase the risk for Lanoxin toxicity.
Lanoxin is used to treat congestive heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms.
Licorice may also reduce the effects of blood pressure drugs or diuretic (urine-producing) drugs, including Hydrodiuril (hydrochlorothiazide) and Aldactone (spironolactone).
Chocolate: MAO inhibitors are just one category of drugs that shouldn't be consumed with excessive amounts of chocolate. The caffeine in chocolate can also interact with stimulant drugs such as Ritalin (methylphenidate), increasing their effect, or by decreasing the effect of sedative-hypnotics such as Ambien (zolpidem).
Drugs with Dietary Supplements
Research has shown that 50 percent or more of American adults use dietary supplements on a regular basis, according to congressional testimony by the Office of Dietary Supplements in the National Institutes of Health.
The law defines dietary supplements in part as products taken by mouth that contain a “dietary ingredient.” Dietary ingredients include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs or botanicals, as well as other substances that can be used to supplement the diet.
Examples of drug interactions with dietary supplements …
St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum): This herb is considered an inducer of liver enzymes, which means it can reduce the concentration of medications in the blood. St. John's Wort can reduce the blood level of medications such as Lanoxin, the cholesterol-lowering drugs Mevacor and Altocor (lovastatin), and the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra (sildenafil).
Vitamin E: Taking vitamin E with a blood-thinning medication such as Coumadin can increase anti-clotting activity and may cause an increased risk of bleeding.
Ginseng: This herb can interfere with the bleeding effects of Coumadin. In addition, ginseng can enhance the bleeding effects of heparin, aspirin, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and ketoprofen. Combining ginseng with MAO inhibitors such as Nardil or Parnate may cause headache, trouble sleeping, nervousness, and hyperactivity.
Ginkgo Biloba: High doses of the herb Ginkgo biloba could decrease the effectiveness of anticonvulsant therapy in patients taking the following medications to control seizures: Tegretol, Equetro or Carbatrol (carbamazepine), and Depakote (valproic acid).
Drugs with Other Drugs
Two every three patients who visit a doctor leave with at least one prescription for medication, according to a 2007 report on medication safety issued by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
Close to 40 percent of the U.S. population receive prescriptions for four or more medications. And the rate of adverse drug reactions increases dramatically after a patient is on four or more medications.
Drug-drug interactions have led to adverse events and withdrawals of drugs from the market, according to an article on drug interactions co-authored by Shiew-Mei Huang, Ph.D., deputy director of FDA's Office of Clinical Pharmacology. The paper was published in the June 2008 issue of the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
However, market withdrawal of a drug is a fairly drastic measure. More often, FDA will issue an alert warning the public and health care providers about risks as the result of drug interactions.
Examples of drug interactions with other drugs …
Cordarone (amiodarone): FDA issued an alert in August 2008, warning patients about taking Cordarone to correct abnormal rhythms of the heart and the cholesterol-lowering drug Zocor (Simvastatin).
Patients taking Zocor in doses higher than 20 mg while also taking Cordarone run the risk of developing a rare condition of muscle injury called rhabdomyolysis, which can lead to kidney failure or death. “Cordarone also can inhibit or reduce the effect of the blood thinner Coumadin (warfarin),” said Huang.
“So if you're using Cordarone, you may need to reduce the amount of Coumadin you're taking.”
Lanoxin (digoxin): “Lanoxin has a narrow therapeutic range. So other drugs, such as Norvir (ritonvair), can elevate the level of Lanoxin,” says Huang. “And an increased level of Lanoxin can cause irregular heart rhythms.” Norvir is a protease inhibitor used to treat HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Antihistamines: Over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines are drugs that temporarily relieve a runny nose, or reduce sneezing, itching of the nose or throat, and itchy watery eyes.
If you are taking sedatives, tranquilizers, or a prescription drug for high blood pressure or depression, you should check with a doctor or pharmacist before you start using antihistimines. Some antihistamines can increase the depressant effects (such as sleepiness) of a sedative or tranquilizer.The sedating effect of some antihistamines combined with a sedating antidepressant could strongly affect your concentration level. Operating a car or any other machinery could be particularly dangerous if your ability to focus is impaired.
Antihistamines taken in conjunction with blood pressure medication may cause a person's blood pressure to increase and may also speed up the heart rate.
Tips to Avoid Problems
There are lots of things you can do to take prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications in a safe and responsible manner.
- Always read drug labels carefully.
- Learn about the warnings for all the drugs you take.
- Keep medications in their original containers so that you can easily identify them.
- Ask your doctor what you need to avoid when you are prescribed a new medication. Ask about food, beverages, dietary supplements, and other drugs.
- Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking an OTC drug if you are taking any prescription medications.
- Use one pharmacy for all of your drug needs.
- Keep all of your health care professionals informed about everything that you take.
- Keep a record of all prescription drugs, OTC drugs, and dietary supplements (including herbs) that you take. Try to keep this list with you at all times, but especially when you go on any medical appointment.
5 Powerful Prayers for Protection and Safety
Our world is filled with events and situations that can cause great fear and anxiety. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and live imprisoned by fear.
We are promised in God’s Word that he is faithful and will protect us (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
God wants us to let go of fear and to live life to the fullest! (John 10:10) When you are overcome by worry, use these prayers for protection to remember who God is and the protection he has promised you.
1. Prayer for Personal Protection
Father, I come to You today, bowing in my heart, asking for protection from the evil one. Lord, we are assailed moment by moment with images on television, the internet, books and newspapers that leave us vulnerable to sin of every kind. Surround us with Your divine hedge of protection.
Encompass us round about with Your strength and Your might. Let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy. And may You shelter us, that those who love Your name may exult in You. For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD, You surround him favor as with a shield.
Lord, I ask that You protect our minds. Father, the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:6) O God, set our minds on You.
Let us not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds that we may prove what Your will is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
(Romans 12:2) Help us by the power of Your Spirit to think on whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, let our minds dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
Strengthen us in the power of Your might, O God. Dress us in Your armor so that we can stand firm against the schemes of the devil. We know that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.(Ephesians 6:10-12)
You are our keeper, O Lord, the shade on our right hand. Protect us from all evil and keep our soul. Guard our going out and our coming in. From this time and forever. In Jesus' name, Amen. – by Lynn Cooke
2. Prayer for the Protection and Safety of Family
Lord, I pray Your emotional, physical, and spiritual protection over my kids (grandkids). Keep evil far from them, and help them to trust You as their refuge and strength. I pray You will guard their minds from harmful instruction, and grant them discernment to recognize truth.
I pray You will make them strong and courageous in the presence of danger, recognizing that You have overcome and will set right all injustice and wrong one day. Help them to find rest in Your shadow, as they live in the spiritual shelter You provide for them.
Let them know that the only safe place is in Jesus, and that their home on earth is only temporary. – Ryan Duncan, Culture Editor at Crosswalk.com
3. Prayer for Children's Security
Lord, I pray that my kids (grandkids) will develop an eternal perspective and purpose, not an earthly one. Help them to see life–and every challenge–through Your eyes, eager and unafraid to share with others the good news of Jesus wherever they go.
I pray that they will set their minds on things above, not just what’s going on here, and that they will be rooted and grounded in Your love. I pray they will come to understand the extent of Your own love for them–that it surpasses all the head knowledge they will acquire in school.
I pray they will be filled up with You from morning ’til night. – Rebecca Barlow Jordan
4. “St. Patrick's Breastplate” Protective Prayer:
Celtic monks used it to start their day.The hymn was several stanzas long, and the last two stanzas were especially memorable and moving:
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me. Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the Name, The strong Name of the Trinity; By invocation of the same. The Three in One, and One in Three, Of Whom all nature hath creation, Eternal Father, Spirit, Word: Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.
5. “Priestly Blessings” Prayer from Scripture:
Numbers 6:22-27 is known as the “Priestly Blessing” or sometimes the “Aaronic Benediction.” There are seven requests made in this prayer.
The LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, 'This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: “’The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”' “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
1. The Lord bless you…
The word “bless” means to “provide favor or benefit.” Father, we pray that for our children. You are the Eternal God. Please place Your great kindness and advantage on those we love. May they be approved and favored by You.
The Hebrew word “keep” means to “watch, guard, defend.” This is a prayer for protection. Father, my children are not perfect. They are going to make mistakes. But please watch over them and guard them again mistakes of youth that are unalterable. Please defend them against temptation. Protect them against Satan who desires to devour them.
3. the LORD make his face shine upon you…
This is a request for God’s presence.Father, as a parent I know that I can’t be with my children all the time, but You can. Just they feel the warmth of the sun shining on them, please allow them to experience Your presence. Thank You for being with them wherever they go.
4. and be gracious to you…
Grace is God’s undeserved favor. He gives us what we don’t deserve. Father, thank You for Your gift of grace. I pray that gift to be poured out on my children. Following that great gift of salvation, please show them your kindness and love in all the endeavors of their lives.
5. the Lord turn his face toward you…
Here is a request for God’s fellowship.Father, thank You, that because of their trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives in my children. Please walk with them in a powerful way. Enable them to submit to the Spirit’s control day by day and moment by moment.
6. and give you peace.
The Hebrew word for peace used here is “shalom.” It means “completeness, wholeness, and contentment.” Lord, please calm my children’s fears; soothe their anxious souls. Keep them complete and whole in their thinking, emotions, desires, and actions.
7. So they will put my name on ___________ (the name of your child/children). This is a request of identification. Lord, please place Your holy mark on my children. Set them apart to be used by You.
I love them but You love them more. You love them with an everlasting love. May they represent You well on their earthly journey. And when their journey is completed, welcome them home to live forever with You.
(notes by Ron Moore, The Journey)
Prayers for Protection and Safety from the Bible
“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1
“My prayer is not that you take them the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” – John 17:15
'And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” – Matthew 6:13
“Because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” – Psalm 16:10-11
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Avoiding the pitfalls of prayer
In recent years prayer appears to have become a “growth industry” within the body of Christ. The increasing emphasis on prayer may be due to the fact that nothing succeeds success, and in this case that means God seems to be answering just about everyone's prayer for just about everything.
Though we rejoice when prayer is answered, Jesus Himself cautioned His disciples that there can be deceptions in answered prayer.
In Matthew 7:21, 22 He described a future day in which many would use answered prayer as an affirmation of their ministry.
They will say that they had cast out devils and done other spectacular miracles in His name, yet He will answer in effect that what they have achieved really had nothing to do with Him (verse 23).
These verses are a serious call for ministers not to evaluate their ministry as one would evaluate a for-profit business. At the end of a day the for-profit business rises and falls on what is called the bottom line.However, in things having to do with the kingdom of heaven this type of measurement can not only be inaccurate but misleading and perilous. It is dangerous to measure the blessings of God with a material yardstick.
If material, or in our case professional success is a sure sign of the blessing of God, then almost anything can be read into this or that “success.”
Prayer not a substitute for the Word
As we lead our people to a deeper prayer life, it is important that we call them to faithfulness to the Word of God. While prayer may be thought of as the umbilical cord connecting us with the Almighty, we must not forget that the nourishment that flows to our hearts through this cord is the Word of God.
Prayer is very subjective and may actually crowd out the Word of God in the life of the minister. It is not uncommon to hear some one say that God “told” them thus and so.
On occasion I have even heard a person say, “I don't care what the Bible says, I know what God told me.
” The point is obvious prayer must not be allowed to become a substitute for the objective truth of Scripture. The two must work together.
His will or ours?
Through the years I had the habit of closing my prayers by saying, “If it be Your will.” As I look back I can now see that what I probably meant was that if my prayer didn't turn out the way I expected, then I would not be to blame.
More recently I have come to under stand that the first purpose of prayer is to bring our lives into a condition to accept the will of God as revealed in His Word.
If this is true, then to pray “Not my will, but Thine be done” is the highest expression of prayer rather than an escape hatch (Matt. 6:10).
Is it possible for us to place ourselves, and even our congregations at risk when we turn to pray without a readiness to understand and submit to the will of God? There are those who feel we have nothing to fear in this respect if we can somehow find a text some where in which God at some time did a particular thing for someone, which happens to be along the lines of what we are requesting.
I believe we must not presumptuously ask God to do for us today what He did for some one at some time in the past. This approach to prayer can make us susceptible to the reprimand of the Holy Spirit for praying for selfish reasons (James 4:3).
Sometimes in prayer groups a petitioner may make a particular request and the leader will ask if there are others to affirm the petition.
This is done the text in Matthew 18:19 that where two or three agree, it will be done. It is not difficult to get two or three in the group to agree to a particular request.What is more difficult for us to agree upon, however, is that we will obey a clear “Thus saith the Lord.”
I once talked with a young woman who was dating a person not of her faith. She asked me to pray that God's will would be done in their relation ship.
Since the Word clearly states that believers should not be joined together with unbelievers (2 Cor.
6:14), I explained to her that God had already revealed His will to her in this respect and that she might do better to pray for faith and strength to obey.
In this highly organized age there is a growing tendency to systematize prayer. Answers to prayer are seen as being conditioned on using the correct technique.
Someone once asked me who we should pray to, the Father, the Son, or the Holy Ghost.
I asked her in turn why she wanted to know, and she replied that, inasmuch as she didn't seem to be getting any answers to her prayers, she feared she might be praying to the wrong One!
Today there is a trend to emphasize the physical place of prayer, the time of prayer, and the positions of prayer as important to successful prayer. In effect, the Samaritan woman asked Jesus “Where should we pray, my place or Yours?” (John 4:20). Jesus came right to the point. He told her that prayer is not about place (or technique), rather it is about spirit and truth (John 4:21-24).
This lesson should not be lost on any leader of prayer in the twenty-first century. Increasingly, prayer is being reduced to something done “by the numbers.
” Instead of prayer being directed from our hearts toward God, it often seems to be something we do to or for each other perhaps even to manipulate and intimidate.
A person who owns a Christian radio station told me recently that in seminars she has attended it is suggested that frequently mentioning prayer to the radio audiences increases donations!
Praying to manipulate
In Christ's time, prayer was evidently being abused and misused by the religious leaders. Jesus instructed His listeners not to pray as the Pharisees prayed (Matt. 6:5).
The point was, they were using prayer to impress and even to manipulate each other.
Jesus said that the best place to pray is in secret; and that if a person has a meaningful personal prayer experience, it will be evident by the way they live and, for us who stand in the pulpit week by week, by the way we preach (verse 6).We ministers should consider carefully what we pray for and how we pray in front of the congregation. Often, before we preach the prayer is, “… and now, Lord, may every word that I speak be Your Word.
” Praying this way in the hearing of the people may be somewhat intimidating.
Although there is no doubt that as preachers we want our sermons to be a proclamation of the Word, when we pray this way it may sound as though we are telling the congregation that they had better listen to what we have to say because it is verily the word of God.
As we preach, it is important that people feel free to evaluate what we present in the light of whether it is indeed in conformity to the Scriptures (Isa. 8:20).
Therefore, it may be more appropriate for us to pray this prayer silently in the pastor's study before we go into the pulpit.
In short, the prayer with the congregation before the sermon is better as a “we” prayer than as an “I” prayer.
Praying to be, not to get
During my study for my book Transforming Prayer, I realized that the highest purpose of prayer is not to “get” but to “be.” At a time in which success is seen in terms of what happens to be selling at the moment, we must resist the temptation to commercialize and exploit prayer.
We must not see prayer as a substitute for the Bible or the study of the Bible as a substitute for personal prayer. Sometimes in a sermon I use the concept of the computer to illustrate the importance of prayer.I tell the congregation that, when we read Scripture, the Word is put into, as it were, the RAM (read-only memory) of the mind. To lay the Word down without praying that the Holy Spirit will implement it in our lives will result in the Word being lost (hitting the Delete key).
To take up the Word in prayer enables the Holy Spirit to “Save as” a changed life.
Secret prayer, a breath of life
Many wonderful books on prayer have been written in recent years. As we search for a deeper connection with God through prayer and His Word, we get to know the true purpose of prayer. As starters, I would recommend the classic little books by E. M. Bounds on prayer and the book by Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer.
As ministers of the gospel, we must be men and women of prayer, not just of public prayer but much more of private prayer.
A minister who in the morning spends an hour alone with God praying not to “get” but rather to “be” in harmony with the written Word will be a person whose ministry will leave the hearers saying, “Did not our hearts burn within us when we heard our pastor preach?” Anyone can form a sermon from the “dust of the earth,” but it is the secret prayer life of the preacher that will breathe into it the breath of life so that through the power of the Holy Spirit its hearers become new and liv ing souls in Christ.
Prayers for Alcoholism
Russian vodka – is more than 510 years. According to the records of the Kremlin archives, only monks managed to get “vodoa” – a concentrated alcohol. Other historians dispute this date, arguing that in the Russian birch bark this alcohol drink was mentioned earlier.
However, it does not matter when the birthday of the “mash follower”. There is interesting another thing.
What church thinks about the creation of “its brothers”?
It is important to mention that the original “vodoa” was found by monks, being good resolves. The main purpose was – to find a remedy to cure human, to save him from illness. Taking to consideration that the basis of many infusions and drugs, being used today, is vodka, it is safe to say that priests have taken the first step to rescuing the man. And it is true.
And where is the truth?
While the production of intoxicating beverages was under the roof of the church, they, at a minimum, were qualitative. When the state laid its hands on strong drinks own hands, and began to increase “sales targets”, a society has got a serious problem. The state was replenishing treasury with one hand while the other one killed human health.
During all this time, the Church has hallowed all holy ones and miracle-working icons. Clergymen collected “the community of sobriety”. There are similar projects in our days.
Many people were surprised, but Orthodox prayers, and later the prayer for healing from alcoholism and drug addiction, really helped to save the health of relatives, and alcohol dependency, and drug addiction “went away”.
Then monasteries and their special centers left the former patients, not in order to extend the treatment, but that they could help others.
Very often people apply for prayers of deliverance from alcoholism when the human has passed “coding” or after failed experiments by “conspiracies” charlatans.
Different prayers can help. Very strong among them is Lord’s Prayer, the Prayer to Holy Spirit. There are special prayers to help to get rid of alcoholism and other sinful passions. For example, the Prayer to Savior, the prayer of St. John of Kronstadt from alcoholism, the prayers of St. Moses the Black, prayer from drinking and dope potion to healer Rev. Hypatia Pechersky and others.
In the Serpukhov Vysotsky Monastery at the end of the Divine Liturgy, every Sunday people pray with akafast, remembering suffering from an addiction to drinking of wine. Some pray for yourself and others – for their loved ones: someone has a husband abusing alcohol, someone’s son, someone’s sister.All of them come and pray to the Mother of God “The Inexhaustible Cup”. According to legend, it was an inexhaustible source of help for people suffering from addiction to drinking wine. This happened in 1878.
Retired soldier was so addicted to alcohol that has lost his wealth and health. Elder after repeated phenomena made a warrior, having no money and the opportunity to walk, to go the monastery on his fours. Here the traveler has told all that had happened to him.
But nobody knew about that icon. And suddenly she was found in one of the aisles.
The retired soldier returned home in the church good health. The news about the miraculous icon has spread quickly. Since then, all the monasteries accept the suffering and help them to get though the illness with the help of this icon.
ROC against alcoholism and drug addiction
The Church believes that alcoholism and drug addiction destroys not only the body but also the soul. The worst thing is that this person loses – hope and faith in the healing and a normal life.
Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) is humane to people who have got under the dependence of bad habits. Orthodoxy helps with the Word of God, talking with the priests, and of course, prayers of faith reviving, fight against the disease.
Especially for these people – alcoholics and drug addicts, as well as their relatives -there is special group for anonymous treatment in churches. The combined methods of healing are used there. It uses the combined methods of healing.
Spending time at work and prayers, patients are gradually getting rid of bad habits and at the same time get the bodily and so the spiritual help.
Many people after that come to the church, not only to read the prayer to the Savior, and to thank him for healing and returning to the natural world for a human.
The history of the transformation of “vodoa”, as a remedy, into the vodka, as addiction, proves that any, even a harmless thing, being exalted to the rank of an idol, can cause harm. Church teaches “don’t make an idol for you.” But not everybody understands that and admits into the soul “treacherous guest,” which overshadows both God and His love.
Therefore, the Church believes that only the grace of God is able to get rid of passion.Christianity believes that one of the main virtues – is the golden mean. If you observe it, then any toast during the feast, even at a birthday will be with a kind smile, not with fear of threat to health and life.
6 Good Prayers for Drug Addicts
Addiction is one of many illnesses that can consume an individual’s life and lead them down a path to destruction. If you are suffering from drug addiction, here is a look at some good prayers for drug addicts. These will help to encourage your recovery.
Most loving God, we ask your blessing upon all who suffer from addiction. Strengthen them to reach out for help. Enable them to take the first step to recovery. Bless them with the persistence to persevere in the fight to be free. Give courage and hope to their families, drawing them close together in the power of your love, which alone can transform our living.
Bless this day keep me safe and whole
kind and compassionate.
Bless my path today Help me to act with wisdom
and live in perpetual gratitude.
Bless my human family who are everywhere & everyone Bless the creatures and plants May all life be blessed on this day,
God of life, You made me in Your perfect image, to live in Your love and to give You glory, honor and praise. Open my heart to Your healing power. Come, Lord Jesus, calm my soul just as you whispered “Peace” to the stormy sea.
St. Jude, most holy Apostle, in my need I reach out to you. I beg you to intercede for me that I may find strength to overcome my illness. Bless all those who struggle with addiction. Touch them, heal them, reassure them of the Father’s constant love.
Remain at my side, St. Jude, to chase away all evil temptations, fears, and doubts. May the quiet assurance of your loving presence illuminate the darkness in my heart and bring lasting peace.
God of mercy, we bless you in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who ministered to all who come to Him. Give your strength to (name of the one I am praying for), who is bound by the chains of addiction. Enfold him/her in your love and restore him/her to freedom through your grace.
Lord, look with compassion on all those who have lost their health and have broken relationships because of their attachment to the object of their addiction. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy, and strengthen them in the work of recovery. To those who care for them, grant patient understanding and a love that perseveres.
Lord, in your servant, Venerable Matt Talbot you have given us a wonderful example of triumph over addiction, of devotion to duty, and of lifelong reverence of the Holy Sacrament.
May his life of prayer and penance give (name of the one I am praying for) courage to take up his/her cross and follow in the footsteps of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Father, we ask this through Christ our Lord.
Dear God, I come to You as I come to no one else. I am so sorry. I have nearly thrown away my life, my body, my soul —through addiction. But recognition of my addiction has never given me power to control it. You know this. You never blame me.
You know the truth.
Addiction is an attractor field – a low vibrational level. I wound up there because I was trying to escape pain, Or I was trying to experience something transcendent,
And I got stuck.
But there is a better way to escape pain, And there is a better way to touch rapture.
I can receive an authentic calling from You.Therefore, I surrender myself to what I can be —to that highest level to which You call me. I demand, now, in this moment, Father, that You call me
—that You call me loudly.
You call me and raise me up addiction
—and into a higher level attractor field.
And as You raise me, So do You raise all of Humanity addiction —and into a higher level attractor field. Together we rise, as one force in You, one at a time and together. You raise me because I deserve a better life. You raise me because I am ready to be raised.
You raise me because the world needs me.
I rise and keep rising; I do not fall. I rise because You need me. I am Your Thoughts, Your Voice, Your Hands. I rejoice in my inherent holiness.
For I am where You reside.
You lift me because I have asked
—and because you love me so very much.
By Your grace, as I read this, My mind and energy align with Yours. By Your grace, the power of my mind Is multiplied exponentially by all who read this. Aligned with You, we are more powerful than any evil — or any substance—
Can ever be.
Together WE form a conduit of love. It reaches into my need for addiction and I am healed. By healing myself, I help heal Humanity’s need for addiction. Joy fills my soul. My gratitude is infinite.
Thank You, Beloved Creator.
And so it is.
Lord God in heaven Creator of all things.
You have all power to heal those who are struggling with the devastating disease of addiction.
We pray God you would intercede in their lives and flood their eyes with light. So they can know and understand the hope to which you have called them.
Give them strength and courage take away their fears, grief, anxieties, and resentments. Send your word God heal them, rescue them from the pit of destruction. Allow them to live and not die. Heal their broken hearts and bind up their wounds curing all of their pains and sorrows.Allow them to hear your call, allow them the grace to never ever give up and to always stay focused on you.
Fill their hearts with your word, for your word is life to all who find it and health for the whole body, mind, and spirit. I pray these things in Jesus Holy Name.
Here is a look at some great prayers to overcome addictions for anyone who is left struggling. If you know a loved one, friend, family member, or coworker that is suffering; seek God’s help to set them free.
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