Prayer for light in the dark place of alcoholism for my brother
paj44thPrayers: 1Requests: 2
July 7, 2017 at 2:47 am
My brother has struggled with alcohol off and on for so long. He had been sober for so long, now has spiraled back into the pit of spiritual warfare and he is losing. My son died two years ago and they were best friends only ten years apart. I tried to push celebrate recovery but he feels worthlessness….please pray for JP to see His design, mercy grace and forgiveness
Always thankful for the family and supportcoetzeehelgaPrayers: 78Requests: 2
July 7, 2017 at 3:23 am
Depression is real, and if you are fighting it you are not alone. Depression seems to have been the bane of many of life’s great leaders. In the Bible, Moses, Elijah, David, and Job all had to deal with it. In the secular world, Sir Winston Churchill used to call depression his ‘black dog’, and Ernest Hemingway referred to it as ‘the artist’s reward’.
President Abraham Lincoln battled depression and suicide all his adult life. There were times when for his own safety Lincoln would not allow himself to carry a knife, for fear that he would hurt himself, or worse. Read about Lincoln turning to the Bible to relieve his depression. Let the Scriptures help you just like they have helped so many of us. Sometimes depression can be a purely spiritual thing, read this – Depression Is a Spirit – It Must Be Fought with the Word of God.
Depression is the physical and emotional result of hopelessness – the ‘feeling‘ of hopelessness. We live in a world devoid of hope, and depression is the emotional product of that reality. The only thing that will actually change one’s life sufficiently as to destroy the cause, mechanics, and effects of depression is God’s hope and His word of hope. The answer is to get God’s hope back inside of you.
Hope will let you again see the ‘future positive possibility’ of your life. Without seeing it you will have no motivation or strength. The good Word of God, and the good word of others to you, can change the outlook and condition of your heart. Fight for God’s outlook with all you have. Fight it with the Word of God. (Also, confess the scriptures on Hopelessness.) Anyone who is among the living has hope.
God’s hope encourages, motivates, and keeps you on the road to faith, peace, and victory. And if you suffer from deep ongoing depression, get help. And please read this – Helping Others Is God’s Prescription for Depression. Send me a comment, we love you and we want to help you. You are important and you have value. You are not alone. With God’s help, you will climb out of this hole.
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down (depression), but a good word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25 Holman Christian Standard Bible
These scriptures on depression will give you hope and will build your faith. Confess and meditate on them to win the fight against depression. The key is not losing Hope. Allow the hope of God to seep back into you. Remember, there is a real Person (God) behind each and every one of these promises. He promised them to you for a reason – to help you.
Deuteronomy 31:8 – The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 33:27 – The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
2 Samuel 22:17-22 – He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters; (18) He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me. (19) They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay. (20) He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me. (21) The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. (22) For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
2 Samuel 22:29 – You are my lamp O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.
Ecclesiastes 9:4 – Anyone who is among the living has hope.
Psalms 9:9 – The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Psalm 27:14 – Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Psalm 31:22,24 – You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help… Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
Psalm 34:18, 19 – The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (19) A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.
Psalm 37:23-24 – If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
Psalm 43:5 – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God.
Psalm 55:22 – Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
Psalm 62:5 – Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.
Psalm 126:5 – Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.
Psalm 143:7-8 – Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I’ll lift up my soul.
Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Psalm 145:14 – The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
Proverbs 12:25 – Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down (depression), but a good word cheers it up.
Isaiah 26:3-4, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusts in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. (Perfect means complete. If I keep my part of the promise by staying steadfastly focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, He will keep His promise to give me His perfect peace. See also Philippians 4:6-7 below)
Isaiah 35:10 – And the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee awaysoundyaaPrayers: 3082Requests: 10
July 7, 2017 at 12:52 pm
Praying he doesn’t believe the lie of the enemy. I pray he can slowly feel the love of God. I pray he would seek council from those who know God. I pray he would be pointed to God by others and when he asks I pray God comes upon him in spirit and he finds peace and knows there is a path to take, God will build him up again, he will rise again for God is the only one who knows him as he knows himself. Praying that he is inspired by your love and finds a reason to change. God bless your faithfulness and putting this into God’s hands. Praying this week ahead in Jesus name.toddwilliamsindyPrayers: 15Requests: 2
July 8, 2017 at 2:49 pm
I am praying for your brother JP this morning.
I myself suffered the horrible consequences of self medicating with alcohol for many years. Trying to cope with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.
I posted my testimony about 10 days ago, it outlines how God brought me out of this dark pit (you can look back a few pages here on the DAB prayer wall and find it).
If I may, let me suggest that you go back and read it and print it out for JP. I feel in my spirit that even though your brother and I may not share the same illness exactly.. he may be greatly encouraged by reading how God brought me out of this. He may recognize that I was in the same dark hole he is in now. He may be able to find hope in the truth….. that if God brought me out he will do it for him too.
If you have any trouble copying and getting the testimony to him I would be happy to email it to you. I’m at email@example.com please let me know if I can help.
God Bless you.. and God is not finished with your Brother yet, he still has a future!toddwilliamsindyPrayers: 15Requests: 2
July 8, 2017 at 3:03 pm
Sorry, I forgot to mention that if you are looking back on the prayer wall for my testimony (to share with JP).. You probably need to go back about 3 pages (10 days or so ago).. and the post is titled = “God healed me of depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder”.. I pray that God will minister to your brother through this testimony. Much Love your brother in Christ.. Toddsheila.tolsonPrayers: 2799Requests: 24
July 8, 2017 at 8:54 pm
Praying and thanking God in advance! The testimony of others may sure be the open door to help your brother get out of his current situation. May the Lord keep your brother safe Ava may he be pulled out of this path of alcoholism into the path of Eternal life through Christ Jesus
AmensoundyaaPrayers: 3082Requests: 10
July 8, 2017 at 9:55 pm
Amen praying in agreement. May the testimony of others be a light in the darkness and a lamp to his feet. Amen.
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