Rather than spending millions on ad campaigns filled with bright lights, leggy temptresses, fast cars, and handsome young studs as the alcohol industry does, God simply states the plain truth: We are unwise to be in bondage to anything that makes us look foolish, that destructively incites our passions, and that opens us up to temptation. If your experience with alcohol has led to any of these, please seek the help of strong Christian friends who can help you find freedom
. If you are not in bondage to these, please keep those who have been hurt by alcohol and drug abuse in your prayers and fellowship. As the apostle Paul taught the Corinthians:
"I have the right to do anything," you say — but [I say that] not everything is beneficial. [You say,] "I have the right to do anything" — but I [say that I] will not be mastered by anything (1 Corinthians 6:12).
O Father, my heart hurts today for every person and every family under the grip of Satan because of alcohol and drug abuse. Please bless those terrorized by a loved one caught in addiction's grip and its downward spiral to destruction. Please give those trapped by addiction the strength to seek help and not remain alone and silent in their struggle. Please awaken their loved ones to the truth of their destructive lifestyle. Please prepare the people who can help them begin the road to recovery, health, and freedom you long to give them. Please use us, your people, and your church as a place of healing and hope for those caught in this tragic trap. In Jesus' name, I pray for your mighty help, power, and deliverance. Amen.