The Power of Prayer in Recovery
Drug addiction is a devastating reality that affects over 25 million Americans. Everyday, more individuals try drugs, whether for the rush of the high or to cope with the challenges of life, and everyday, more addictions begin.
As a Christian, facing an addiction to drugs and the subsequent recovery process is a true challenge. Substance abuse in itself goes against the word of God, leading to a consistent cycle of guilt that can be hard to overcome. Recovery programs, like Road to Freedom, can help you achieve sobriety once more with the help of Christian ideals and guidance, but finding your connection to God post-addiction can take time, effort, and commitment.
If you are a Christian going through recovery, you may feel lost, frightened, or deeply saddened as you struggle to come to terms with the changing nature of your relationship to God. You may feel as though you will never be able to walk His path again, and that you have shut the door on finding your way to the gates of heaven.
However, God understands the failings of humanity. As Daniel 9:9 says, “The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.” With prayer and dedication, you can confess your sins and seek forgiveness, helping you to overcome your addiction and reinforce your dedication to Jesus Christ. Through the power of prayer, true recovery is possible.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
Prayer is deeply healing, helping to reinvigorate your mind and spirit through a direct connection to the Lord. By asking for help and opening your heart to God’s guidance, you can accelerate the process of reinvigorating your spiritual health.
Recovery is, in essence, a long healing process, working through the physical and psychological attachment to drug use one day at a time. Through prayer, you can further your healing, calling to the Lord to see your pain and help you through it.
Prayer Deepens Your Connection to God
“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” – John 14:13-14
In the midst of addiction, most Christians begin to lose faith. For some, this may be a brief waver, but for others, the entirety of a relationship may be eroded in time.
Throughout recovery, in addition to abstinence from substances, reclaiming this relationship becomes an important step. In order to dedicate yourself to sobriety, you need the support of your faith. Prayer can help you, opening up communication channels with God once more and helping you to request guidance and clarity.
Prayer Provides Strength
“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.” – Psalm 119:28
For many, addiction feels distinctly like weakness. Despite best intentions, overcoming addiction alone is virtually impossible, but many who try still feel defeated and powerless. Recovery in an inpatient facility can help break the bonds of addiction, but help outside of God doesn’t necessarily rebuild inner strength. Prayer, however, can.
In order to define your own inner power while rebuilding strength in the Lord, prayer is the best weapon in your arsenal. With prayer, you can unearth the person you were before addiction.
Prayer Shows You a Path
“He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” – Psalm 23:2-3
While in the midst of addiction, it’s easy to feel lost and alone. The path you were following as a Christian – a path paved by God – may seem obscured and buried. Throughout recovery, this path may become a little clearer, but you still may feel as though there’s no good way to get ahead.
Through prayer, you can put yourself back on the path to righteousness once more, walking with God by your side as you put addiction behind you.
Prayer Keeps You Committed
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”
The Serenity Prayer is at the heart of recovery programs around the world, keeping Christian addicts focused on finding the strength to overcome addiction. This prayer is very powerful, reinforcing the realities addicts must accept before truly embracing sobriety.
Despite the power of God, humans are often powerless to the sins of the world. By accepting that there is no way to gain control over substance abuse and praying for the Lord’s guidance, you can find a way to commit yourself to abstinence once more.
Prayer Helps You Forgive
“And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” – Mark 11:25
Forgiveness is a big part of accepting your shortcomings and bolstering your faith in God. Without forgiveness, you cannot truly be free of the chains of addiction. Prayer can ensure you achieve this, helping you to find forgiveness from God for your sins and, in turn, find forgiveness in yourself. The more you pray, the better your perspective can be, offering a way to truly come to terms with the wrongs of addiction.
If you or someone you love is facing addiction, Road to Freedom can help you heal in a Christ-centered environment. Call (877) 443-7342 today to speak to trained, compassionate Christian counselors about what we have to offer.