Father, today I feel pulled to plead with You for strength for those who are overwhelmed with an addiction. Tears brim so easily as I think of my personal family – where alcohol has destroyed so much. I want to be angry with You – for repeatedly placing temptation before us – until I remember that I’m falling for an erroneous teaching. Your Word in James, Chapter 1, says that “each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death.” I pray, specifically, that these temptations become more bold & obvious to us – so that it can be clearly & quickly realized the-evil-one is the author. That it be such a “distaste” to our bodies that we will not waver from finding the “escape route” You promise us in 1 Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” I beg You, Lord, to please intercede for those who need strength to STAND UP. Break whatever it is that hinders them from coming to & relying on You.
There is such HOPE in YOU – keep me from “being deceived…”. Help me to remember that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:16-17) Strengthen me, O Lord, to persevere in prayer both for my family & others. May I join with my fellow brothers & sisters in Christ to be Your hands and feet in this dark world. Amen