Prayer Is Dependence On God Doing The Work

“Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.” — Lamentations 3:41-42

For sixteen years, I’ve specifically worked with people who are addicted. I love every opportunity I get to teach and encourage them publicly and privately. However, one of the toughest parts of this leadership role is to continually turn the heart of the person who is struggling toward the Lord.

It has been my observation that many times there are alternatives that they’ll choose instead that hinder their progress. So, let’s consider a few of these alternatives today. Then, I’d like to encourage you to act in faith today, placing your complete confidence in Him, and then helping others do the same:

Resentments

We cannot hold on to our resentments and find healing at the same time. Resentments are best released by asking God to give us the strength to forgive the offender. Often a student cannot have faith in God that is needed for full recovery until they stop blaming others.

Principle number 10 in the RU Recovery curriculum states: “God balances guilt with blame. If we accept the blame for our actions God will remove the guilt.” Until then, the vicious cycle will continue.

Fear

It is when we feel we are not in control of a situation that we turn to other destructive means. You see, fear stops us from seeing effective options to problems. We are blinded by our fear and thus stopping our forward progress in whatever we do.

1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love”. This verse clearly tells us that the man who fears is not made in perfect love. We need to know that God’s love removes the torment that fear brings, and fills us with His love.

Anger

Fueling the fires of anger without dealing with the problem will only harm us. As we stuff our anger, we stockpile it like bombs and one day there will be a lot of innocent bodies lying around when we explode over something small. This is one of the most destructive patterns to break. But I have seen God do it time and again.

Ephesians 4:31, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:”

Approval Seeking or Co-Dependency Issues

Often times a student will seek the approval of someone else in order to receive that fulfillment for which they long after. Let me warn you that during this coping mechanism you or your student is very vulnerable to other sins that will destroy them faster than the one wherein they may be seeking your help.

Properly Placed Intimacy

One area this seems to evade is the sexual area. Many times a person will find solace with someone of the opposite sex and intimacy that should be reserved for God and your spouse is exploited by another. Avoid intimacy with each other. We were created to have intimacy with God and our spouses. Everything else is misplaced trust.

Proper Fellowship

Often it will be manifested in another light between two of the same sex, yet in a different behavioral pattern. Have you ever seen to people who hang out together and neither of them is good for the other? Often, this brings disaster and slows down the recovery process for both.

Prayer is Dependence on God to Do the Work

Whenever you are trying to gain victory over a stubborn habit in your life, prayer is needed in the process. Prayer is an act of faith. It is not a work. Prayer is depending on God. Faith is placing your confidence in Him. So in other words, every step of the way, you and I need to pray.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” — Psalm 139:23-24

How much time do you spend talking with Him? How often in a day do you share your likes and dislikes with Him? How often do you describe your problems to Him? Let me tell you, prayer changes things. But I want to remind you that prayer also changes people. God often through our conversation with Him reveals our weaknesses and our stubbornness and then offers the grace to change it. He loves solving problems for you. After all, He took care of your eternity (if you are saved,) can you not trust Him with other choices He wants to offer? Only trust Him now! Go to lunch with just Him today. Take a walk with just Him today. Turn off the radio on the ride to work and commune with Him. I can assure you that the size of your faith can be measured by your prayers.

Lets close today’s blog with the words to one of my favorite songs:

I was discouraged when no answer came,
See, I’d prayed for years, and I still saw no change,
I was ready to give up on my wish coming true,
But when I prayed that last time, His power broke through.

And prayer is just as big as God is,
Prayer is just as strong as God is strong,
Prayer can reach as far as God can reach.
Don’t ever give up, just pray, just pray,
Don’t ever give up, just pray.

We have been given a means to the throne,
Of the One whose potential is yet to be known,
There is no limit as to what God can do,
So just keep on praying, He’s listening to you.

And prayer is just as big as God is,
Prayer is just as strong as God is strong,
Prayer can reach as far as God can reach.
Don’t ever give up, just pray, just pray, Don’t ever give up, just pray.

Sharing is Caring

God led Ben and his family (wife, Wendy; and three children, Josh, Caleb, and Hannah) to Rockford, Illinois in 2003 to become the International Director of the fastest growing addiction ministry in the United States. Bro. Burks is now privileged to travel and train others how to help the addicted within their communities.

3 thoughts on “Prayer Is Dependence On God Doing The Work

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  2. Thank you. That was an encouragement today.

  3. Do you know if there is sheet music to the song and if so do you know where I might find it? Thanks!

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