For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer. 2 Cor. 1:8-11 (NIV)
Dear heavenly Father, with track shoes on, I run to the throne of grace today on behalf of families called to love and care for an addicted family member. Few stories hold more potential for exhaustion and exasperation, discouragement and despair, giving in and giving up. Even more so, fewer stories represent an opportunity, for you—the God who raises the dead, to bring the resurrection power of Jesus into play.
Father, I pray for the caregivers of the addict. Grant them unity and perseverance in the caregiving plan; heroic grace to love beyond their emotional and physical capacity; and wisdom to withstand the overwhelming pulls and manipulative strategies of their addicted family member. Provide the resources they need to love in the messy places and for the unique challenges of addiction—outside professional help; friends and support groups to offer encouragement and perspective; and funds, Father, as caring for addicts can be so very expensive. Above all, Lord, give them yourself—make your presence, heart, and hand more real than the addiction itself.
And for the addicted family member, Father, whether the addiction is alcohol or chemical, pornography or sex, emotional or otherwise—prove yourself to be the God who raises the dead—who loves the broken, heals the sick, forgives the prodigal and rescues the imprisoned. May your mercy and grace, not guilt and shame, have the final word. May Jesus become more alluring and powerful than the addiction and the substance they abuse. Grant them tenacity and hope to “work the program” of recovery and surrender to whatever stories of redemption you will write.
Father, deliver one and all alike, from the deadly peril despairing power of addiction. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ triumphant and tender name.