For some reading this I know addiction hasn’t been your story but it has been mine therefore I tend to be touched by it quite frequently. I had the opportunity to pray with a guy who is in the thick of this battle and he has apparently had an addiction to pain pills for quite some time.
My pastor prayed first and then asked me to pray. As he prayed the tears came, and I was reminded of the darkness that is addiction. There is an unbelievable sense of guilt that comes with it not to mention the conflicts with spouses and family members. Oddly enough the same sense of helplessness and hopelessness is the very thing that ends up driving us to Christ who is the only one who can truly set us free.
While I quietly listened to my pastor praying a story in 2 Chronicles 20 about a king named Jehoshaphat came to mind. Jehoshaphat was informed there was a large enemy approaching and he became afraid. It isn’t wrong to have feelings of fear but I want you to notice what the king did. He immediately proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. Everyone gathered to call on the Lord. After Jehoshaphat prayed and rehearsed the promises of God to his people he made a powerful statement. He said to God “We are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”
Recognizing our powerlessness is one huge step toward recovery. When I say recovery I am talking about anything that is keeping you bound up. It may be drugs, cigarettes, fear, peer pressure, religion, others opinions, guilt over the past or maybe it’s your own false idea of who you are suppose to be but either way you simply can’t defeat it on your own. This is the normal human condition. This is the way human beings were designed to work in the first place. We were meant to be powerless and yet house the one and only real power in the universe Christ himself.
Have you ever heard someone say, “God says he won’t put any more on you than you can bear?” That isn’t true. God in fact says the opposite. He looks at our feeble attempts to run our own lives and essentially says “Well, you think you can do it. Go ahead and give it a good try and when the load becomes too much to bear then maybe you will bring it to me.” Jesus said, “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” God doesn’t have to put anything on us we tend to do it ourselves. We have falsely bitten into the lie of self-reliance. We’re like a little child that says, “I can do it!” and then pulls away when you reach out to help them. The fact is it is only when we have come to the end of our trying to carry things that we will really give it to God. There may be many times we attempt to give it to him and yet turn right around and pick it back up only to find it has become even heavier.
When my time to pray for this guy came it was all I could do to form words. I really felt his heaviness and despair. I know victory is right around the corner, and his life will never be the same. He has a beautiful wife and two young children and they are on the brink of a revival. I don’t know when, but I am praying and looking for a major breakthrough in their lives. We really are powerless before the enemies’ addictions and strongholds, but our eyes are on Jesus Christ and he will see us through. The battle is his, but we get to enjoy the spoils.
Written by Louie