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The Power of Prayer in Recovery

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Drug addiction is a devastating disease that affects over 25 million Americans. Every day, more individuals try drugs for the rush of the high, to cope with the challenges of life, or perhaps both. And, every day, more and more people develop addictions. As a Christian, facing your addiction and your subsequent recovery process is a real challenge. Substance abuse in and of itself goes against the word of God, and you may be trapped in a constant cycle of guilt or shame. So, rekindling your connection to God post-addiction will take time, effort, and commitment. Thankfully, prayer in recovery can help you achieve sobriety with the help of Christian ideals and guidance.

Coming to terms with your struggle and the changing nature of your relationship with God is a challenge. If you are a Christian going through recovery, it’s normal to feel lost, frightened, or deeply saddened. You may even feel as though you will never be able to walk His path again, or that the gates of heaven are closed to you. However, God understands and sympathizes with the failings of humanity. As Daniel 9:9 says, “The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.”

So, with prayer and dedication, you can confess your sins, seek forgiveness, and overcome your addiction— all while rebuilding your commitment to Jesus Christ. Through the power of prayer, real recovery is possible.

Prayer in Recovery Heals You

“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 profoundly 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 in Recovery 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. 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 in Recovery 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. Those who try often 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.

Prayer is the best weapon in your arsenal for redefining your inner power and rebuilding strength from the Lord. With prayer, you can unearth the person you were before addiction.

Prayer in Recovery Shows You a Path

“He leads me beside still waters… restores my soul… [and] 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 right 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 in Recovery 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 mighty, reinforcing the realities addicts must accept before genuinely 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 in Recovery Helps You Forgive Yourself

“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 honestly 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 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 (844) 402-3605 today to speak to trained, compassionate Christian counselors about what we have to offer.

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