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Addictions & Fasting

Updated on December 30, 2011

The Holy Spirit has brought to my attention to pray and fast for people who are struggling with addictions. A scripture that I've read many times before has been refreshed in my memory. This is how the Holy Spirit works. He is amazing.

"But this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting." Matthew 17:21

This is the scripture that the Holy Spirit has put into my heart and mind. Many people are struggling with addictions. Most of them want to quit but they can't. They try but they fail and then they feel more like a failure. It is a vicious cycle and they need to be delivered. Often they feel suicidal because they can't find any peace or they don't have any help. Most times their family members, friends and spouse totally give up on them.

As Christians we need to care more and not say, "Oh they're just a crack head,” or "I tried to help them.” I know it’s hard; it can be a very hard thing to do. I’ve been what people might say, “taken advantage of” by people who suffer from addictions. However, the Lord knows what is going on, don’t worry. They will promise you anything if they could borrow money or your car. If you have tried, then please try again and don't give up until there are results.

Remember how the Lord didn't give up on us?

You can help by fasting and praying. God will lead you with what to do or maybe to do nothing but fast and pray.

I encourage you today to read Matthew 17. This passage is originally about a father who is asking for deliverance for his son who sounds like is suffering from our modern day epilepsy. But this is the scripture that was placed upon my heart.

"But this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting." Matthew 17:21

Heavenly Father I pray for anyone on the Hubpages who is struggling with addiction today. I pray for deliverance, I pray that you could transform their life. I pray that they will be filled with the Holy Spirit and live for your Glory. I also pray for the Christians that are suffering with addictions, you know who they are God and you didn’t forget about them. Please deliver them and fill them with power to overcome. I pray all these things in the precious name of Jesus Amen.


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      theappleofhiseye 5 years ago

      I thank you for this hub, because it hit very close to home for me my husband has been battling with drug addiction before we met, and when we did he told me use to do drugs, which after we said I do was a lie...however through it all I stood by him even in the worst situations and he got worse, recently he told me that he hoped that I would lose hurt me, but I realize that it's not him but the spirit of the addiction..I love him and is unselfishly willing to afflict my flesh so that he can live...thank you again!

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Beautiful prayer and godly idea considering that all bondages (addictions are spiritual) and they are broken by spiritual means.

      This portion of scripture came to mind in reference to that from Isaiah 58:

      6 “ Is this not the fast that I have chosen:

      To loose the bonds of wickedness,

      To undo the heavy burdens,

      To let the oppressed go free,

      And that you break every yoke?

      Bless your heart for your sensitivity to His will and way concerning this.

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      Sky321 6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you all for your interest and encouraging comments. I love you all in the Lord. Luanne- Sky321

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      William Kovacic 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Well said, Sky. Our responsibility as Christians is to come along side these people, or anyone needing help--and help. Sometimes that just means being there to suffer with them. Up and awesome!

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      Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

      I do have prayer list and often I add more people. Sometime I am looking for those to pray who dislike me or I dislike them.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      This is amazing, you are amazing sky. This is so inspiring and selfless. While I do not have an addiction, I thank you still for the prayer. Thank you.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      I LOVE YOUR PRAYER!!! I work with people with addictions EVERYDAY! I really respect this Hub! Love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Voted-Up and Useful!!

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      Multiman 6 years ago

      While not a Christian myself, I totally believe in the power of prayer, and in fasting as a means of increasing the belief of the one praying. Voted up.