Prayer for Those who are Addicted

The Spirit of the Lord is upon us
bringing good news to the oppressed,
proclaiming liberty to the captives,
releasing the prisoners.
Great Redeemer, we need your good news
for all of us who are captive to addictions.
Good news for people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs.
Good news for people who are addicted to gambling.
Good news for people who are addicted to tobacco or food.
Good news for people who are addicted to pornography.
Good news for people who are addicted to work.
Grant liberty to all who are bound by the chains of addiction.
Grant us insight into how our habit is hurting us and our families.
Give us courage to take the first step to recovery.
Give us hope and strength to start walking the long road to freedom.
We pray for healing for the deepest hurts that chased us to addiction.
We pray for release from cravings, and a new life free from desire.
Let us not be led into temptation.
Surround us with supports.
Thank you for addiction counsellors and AA groups,
for treatment centers and residential programs,
for family and friends who support and encourage.
Help our communities to walk sensitively with all who are addicted.
Most of all, thank you for insight, which you give to each one of us,
that we have choices each and every day.
We can make choices for life,
and not for death, each and every day.
God of grace, who sent Jesus to show us the way,
hear our prayer. Amen.

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About Carol Penner

I am a Mennonite pastor currently teaching theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. I’ve served congregations in Ontario and most recently, Alberta.

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