How to pray for drug addicted child

Praying in Tears

In our Moms in Prayer group, we come before God crying out against the bondages of sin over our children. We dare to believe that our God is greater than our sins and in Jesus’ name, we break strongholds to set the captives free. 

For years we kept praying for one mom in our group who had an adult daughter addicted to drugs.

We kept crying out to God for Sharon (not her real name) to be free from her addiction. It is so heart wrenching to see the devastating effects of this sin. Her mom was grateful for the medicine used to help her daughter survive after an overdose.

God heard our cries. When Sharon was in jail, she read the Bible. As she turned to Jesus, she felt His presence and said it felt like fire. A light had gone on in her and God set her ablaze with His love. Sharon rededicated her life to Him by being baptized. 

This amazing transformation prompted Sharon to join our Moms in Prayer group to pray for her estranged children. As we worshiped God together, Sharon did not have the words to pray… tears just rolled down her cheeks onto the scripture verses she held in her hands. This so beautifully symbolized her offering to God and the realization of His grace and forgiveness in her life. Some of the most beautiful prayers to God are not necessarily the ones spoken in words, but those prayed in tears. I felt as if I was on holy ground.

There will be times in our lives when we are at a loss for words to express the agonizing grief or longings in our hearts:
  • We don’t always need words before an all-knowing God. “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26
  • We can also go to God’s Word.We pray His words back to Him. His words are our counsel, our cleansing, our healing, and our hope. His word shall not return to Him empty (Isaiah 55:11).
  • When we are overwhelmed, we can go to others who will pray with us and for us. They help carry the pain, interceding with us and lifting us up. They get in the battle because we can’t do it alone. Through prayer, we make the chain to break the chains of Satan’s bondage!

When we want to give up,
we go to God who never gives up on us.

As we cling to His words and promises with unimaginable pain, He saves our tears. “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” Psalm 56.8  He takes our pain and turns it into a purpose and passion for Him. As God carries us through the trials, He gives us a song in our hearts. The deeper the sorrow, the sweeter will our love song be to Jesus that we will be singing for all eternity.

I'm not a perfect mom but I'm a praying mom, Moms in PrayerCindy Mah graduated with a background in graphic arts. After working in the art field, she felt led to go into teaching, believing she could invest in lives better in this field. After getting married, she and her husband were blessed with three children. When her youngest child was in high school in 2011, Cindy joined a Moms in Prayer group. She realized that she could not be a perfect mom, but she could be a praying mom. “My kids can run, but they can’t hide from my prayers.” Praying in Moms in Prayer groups for more than 10 years has deepened Cindy’s faith journey. Loving Jesus compels her to keep praying. Cindy recently retired from substitute teaching in New Jersey public schools. She and her husband are now empty nesters and see retirement as a re-firing for all the Lord has in store for them in this season of life. 

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