A PrayerS for those in bondage to an addictive substance
Addiction Prayer No. 1
O Lord, my Creator, hear my pleas for help and mercy. God I confess that I am addicted to _________, that it has taken over my life and caused me and those I love indescribable pain and suffering. Show me Your mercy and give me Your forgiveness, O Lord, for the sake of Your Son Jesus.
Before the thoughts of indulging in this false worldly pleasure enter my mind Lord, block them with the helmet of salvation, and should they break through, replace them with thoughts of who You are and all that You have done. Remind me of the guilt and shame I feel after I have indulged in this false pleasure. Remind me of all the reasons why I don’t want to be held in bondage by ________. I ask You to remind me that my strength must come from Your mighty power within me. I ask that Your Holy Spirit keep Your Word of Truth always before my eyes, in my heart and mind. Bring the scriptures I have read and heard to mind continually throughout the day and night. You gave me the mind of Christ when I was born again. Do not let the destroyer take that away from me. Help me to give voice to Your Word of Truth to stop the fiery arrows and not yield to temptation, do this Lord for the sake of Your Son Jesus, that I may stand safe against all the strategies and tricks of satan and this addiction.
This addiction is destroying my physical body, the very same temple where You live. God deliver me from this destroyer that I have given way to in the past. Break the stronghold that this addiction has over me. Help me to live in the present, leaving the past behind and the future in Your hands. I submit all my ways into Your loving hands. I know I can count on You. You never break Your promises and You have promised to help me in my distress. You have promised to forgive me when I confess my sins. You have promised that if I take Your yoke upon me Your burden is light. Father God, help me when I doubt, strengthen my faith, help me to persevere through this, and give me Your victory in the name of Jesus Christ Your beloved Son.
Forgive me for I have sought comfort and solace in this addiction instead of turning to You the God of true comfort, mercy and peace. You are my reconciliation, You never give me more than I can handle. I cast all my cares on You in accordance with the scriptures Jesus taught. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. The battle is Yours God for You are all mighty, all powerful and all holy.
Forgive me for hurting my family, loved ones, friends, employers, fellow employees, landlords and anyone else that my folly has affected. Give them Your love and comfort, heal their grief and pain. Give them understanding knowledge of the dreadful destruction of addiction. Give them merciful hearts to help me through my struggles and stir them up to pray for me. Forgive me for the lies I have told, the sins I have tried to cover, for wasting the money You have given, and any other sins I have committed in relation to this addictive behavior I have given place to in my life.
There is something amiss in me Lord, something in my heart, mind, soul and spirit is painfully wrong. I need Your intervention, I need Your help, I need Your healing, I need Your reconciliation. Whatever it is that is in my heart and mind that I am trying to cover-up and not deal with correctly Lord repair and restore. Help me to live rightly, following the guidance for living in this world in Your written Word.
Do not let complacency overtake me but keep me ever vigilant against this foe. For we do not struggle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, powers, the world forces of this darkness; against the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places.(Eph. 6:12)
From now on I determine to walk in faith and fearful reverence of You most Holy God, having been crucified with Christ it is no longer I that live but Christ that lives within me. – Karrol Sneed 2014
Addiction Prayer No. 2
Eternal God, there is none like You, You ride through the heavens to my help, through the skies in Your majesty. For You are my dwelling place, my refuge, and underneath me are Your everlasting arms. You will drive out my enemy before me. I am blessed for I am saved by the Lord! God, You are my shield and helper, You are my sword. My enemies will cower before me and You will trample down their high place.
God I confess my sins of the flesh manifesting themselves in addiction. I have become enslaved by these false gods. They have become the masters of my life. It is written that you cannot serve two masters. I have liked my addiction and become loyal to it instead of being loyal to You. (Matt 6:24) But Christ Jesus has set me free from sin and death. (Rom 8:2) Now I choose to only serve You, my Lord, with all my mind being ruled by the Spirit who gives me life and peace. (Rom 8:6) In everything, I have won more than a victory because of Christ who loves me. (Rom 8:37)
For it is written that the unrighteous, drunkards etc. will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (1 Cor. 6:9-11) O God who is all powerful, loving and merciful I thank you for showing me that the addiction that I have been in bondage to for so long is both the lust of the flesh and a form of idolatry because I have put it before You. Help me to quit giving myself over to any lust of the flesh, form of addiction or idolatry. Instead, I want to seek first Your Kingdom and Your righteousness. Then I know You will add all these things to me. (Matt. 6:33) I renounce and flee from this fleshly lust of addiction to __________ and all forms of idolatry in my life that would usurp Your rightful place. (1 Cor. 10::14)
Lord God Almighty, I commit myself to You for You are the God who judges justly. Help me to walk by the Spirit so that I will not ever fulfill the lust of my flesh. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I may walk through the course of this life uprightly in a manner worthy of Your love and redemption.
O God, it is my hearts desire to bear the fruit of the Spirit in my life at all times. May my life bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self control.
God, You alone are my rock, my strength and my help and through Your grace, I will stand fast in the freedom Christ Jesus, my Savior who redeemed me and who bought me with the precious price of His death on the cross. I seek to honor You and bring glory to You in my body. ( 1 Cor. 6:20) For Christ Jesus himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds I have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24)
Through Christ who loved me I am more than a conqueror in all things. (Rom. 8:37) Christ has set me free therefore I stand firm, not submitting again to a yoke of slavery to addiction through the lust of my flesh. (Gal. 5:1) I no longer yield my body and faculties to impurity and lawlessness. For I know well enough from my own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. When I offered myself to sin, it was my last free act. For sin began to rule over me. But when I offer myself to the ways of God, the freedom never quits. All my life I have let sin tell me what to do. But thanks to You God, I have started listening to a new master, one whose commands set me free to live openly in his freedom! (Rom. 6:17-19 MSG) It is written if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.(John 8:36)
O God lead me by Your Holy Spirit every moment of the day. Keep my mind focused on what is true and honorable, the things that are right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and worthy of praise. (Phil. 4:8) I stand against all evil desires and temptations, fully clothed in the spiritual armor You have provided for me. (Eph. 6:10-18) I give You all the glory, honor and praise. Amen — Karrol Sneed 2014
Scriptures for fighting against addiction (also see Affliction)
Numbers 6:24-26 (AMP) 24 The Lord bless you and watch, guard, and keep you; 25 The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you; 26 The Lord lift up His [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace (tranquility of heart and life continually).
Psalm 34:4-8 (AMP) 4 I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him [of necessity and on the authority of His Word], and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. 5 They looked to Him and were radiant; their faces shall never blush for shame or be confused. 6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe] and each of them He delivers. 8 O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him.
Psalm 34:15 (AMP) 15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the [uncompromisingly] righteous and His ears are open to their cry.
Psalm 103:12 (AMP) 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Psalm 121:1-2 (AMP) 1 I WILL lift up my eyes to the hills [around Jerusalem, to sacred Mount Zion and Mount Moriah]—From whence shall my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
Proverbs 6:26-29 (AMP) 26 For on account of a harlot a man is brought to a piece of bread, and the adulteress stalks and snares [as with a hook] the precious life [of a man]. 27 Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned? 28 Can one go upon hot coals and his feet not be burned? 29 So he who cohabits with his neighbor’s wife [will be tortured with evil consequences and just retribution]; he who touches her shall not be innocent or go unpunished.
Proverbs 20:1 (AMP) 1 WINE IS a mocker, strong drink a riotous brawler; and whoever errs or reels because of it is not wise.
Isaiah 5:11 (AMP) 11 Woe unto those who rise early in the morning, that they may pursue strong drink, who tarry late into the night till wine inflames them!
Isaiah 40:31 (AMP) 31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
Isaiah 41:10-13 (AMP) 10 Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice. 11 Behold, all they who are enraged and inflamed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; they who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. 12 You shall seek those who contend with you but shall not find them; they who war against you shall be as nothing, as nothing at all. 13 For I the Lord your God hold your right hand; I am the Lord, Who says to you, Fear not; I will help you!
Isaiah 43:2 (AMP) 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you.
Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP) 11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
Matthew 6:9-13 (AMP) 9 Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors. 13 And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
John 3:16 (AMP) 16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
John 5:14 (AMP) 14 Afterward, when Jesus found him in the temple, He said to him, See, you are well! Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.
John 8:36 (AMP) 36 So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.
Romans 5:8 (AMP) 8 But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.
Romans 6:16 (AMP) 16 Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)?
Romans 8:1-2 (AMP) 1 THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death.
Romans 8:31 (AMP) 31 What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?]
Romans 8:37-39 (AMP) 37 Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, 39 Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 13:14 (AMP) 14 But clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and make no provision for [indulging] the flesh [put a stop to thinking about the evil cravings of your physical nature] to [gratify its] desires (lusts).
1 Corinthians 6:12 (AMP) 12 Everything is permissible (allowable and lawful) for me; but not all things are helpful (good for me to do, expedient and profitable when considered with other things). Everything is lawful for me, but I will not become the slave of anything or be brought under its power.
1 Corinthians 6:18 (AMP) 18 Shun immorality and all sexual looseness [flee from impurity in thought, word, or deed]. Any other sin which a man commits is one outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (AMP) 13 For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.
1 Corinthians 15:57 (AMP) 57 But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (AMP) 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement), 4 Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God.
2 Corinthians 2:14 (AMP) 14 But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere,
2 Corinthians 4:8 (AMP) 8 We are hedged in (pressed) on every side [troubled and oppressed in every way], but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair;
2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP) 17 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!
2 Corinthians 12:9 (AMP) 9 But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!
Ephesians 2:10 (AMP) 10 For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
Ephesians 5:18-20 (AMP) 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit. 19 Speak out to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise with voices [and instruments] and making melody with all your heart to the Lord, 20 At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
Ephesians 6:10-18 (AMP) 10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. 11 Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 12 For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. 13 Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]. 14 Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, 15 And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. 16 Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. 17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God. 18 Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).
Philippians 4:6-7 (AMP) 6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. 7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 2:15 (AMP) 15 [God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (AMP) 11 Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 (AMP) 3 Yet the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen [you] and set you on a firm foundation and guard you from the evil [one].
Titus 2:11-14 (AMP) 11 For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind. 12 It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world, 13 Awaiting and looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One), 14 Who gave Himself on our behalf that He might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are] eager and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds.
Hebrews 10:25 (AMP) 25 Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.
James 1:12-15 (AMP) 12 Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one. 14 But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions). 15 Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death.
James 4:7 (AMP) 7 So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.
Christian Quotes for Overcoming Addiction
“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
“To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed.” ~ Bernard Edmonds
“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” ~ Bill Cosby
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles one has overcome trying to succeed.” ~ Booker T. Washington
“No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara ever turned light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.” ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick