Pray To Quit Drinking
Is it possible to get my man to quit drinking through prayer alone? My fellow has a bad drinking problem and it is causing problems for his health and us! I love him and I want him to quit drinking. I have tried praying,but, nothing has happened yet! What should I do?
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---Emily on 9/25/07
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I am a recovering alcoholic. Alcohol took me to death's door on at least 3 occasions. Only God can break those chains that bind us. Pray that he will be given the Gift of Desperation. Only then will he be ready to seek a power greater than himself. The 3rd step of recovery is "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him." If necassary "As we don't understand him", but we have to be willing to try. This has to come from the heart and not from head knowledge. I do not know you or your fellow but I will pray for you both. Keep your eyes on God, no matter what. Remember that the gift of salvation is freely give but is never forced upon anyone. May God have mercy on you and he.
---Rick on 9/22/09|
I was an alcoholic for at least 25 years I had my first drink given to me about age 4 I liked it as I got older I wandered until it all seemed hopeless I was involved in an explosion and almost died but that did not help Finally I gave my life back to the Lord and with the conviction from the Holy Spirit i was able to quit drinking and smoking. It was not easey but He saved Me and my life Praise the Lord
---les on 9/22/09|
Emily, when you pray, are you praying with faith? Do you believe that God can change him? I know that when we pray for someone that we have to have faith in God and believe that God in His timing will answer the prayer that has been prayed. Give this person totally to God for we can change no one, but Almighty God can. He created us all and He knows us better than we know ourselves. TRUST GOD! Amen..
---Cynthia on 9/23/08|
You should first of all be praying God's will and not yours. Also is your fellow saved and does he want to stop. many times we want our will on one and not god's. his will is all that is needed. have him seek god for himself. all we are to do is plant the seed for some. god's timing is not ours. have him seek the master on his own.
---amelia on 10/9/07|
hi I have parents who were at one time alcholics. They would drink whiskey and coke from 3pm until 8pm nonstop everyday. Many times they would stagger around at the end of day. They would fall down and get hurt. These drinks were made by themselves so they were quite strong at times. Anyway they have done this for as long as I remember. I have been praying for them eversince I was a Christian which is over 20 years and they finally stopped drinking. They havent drank for over three weeks. Keep praying.
---Dawn5953 on 10/8/07|
Rebecca_D, I see your point, and understand where you are coming from, but you left out the best part. True, we cannot change people. If he doesn't want to quit, he won't. BUT! God can change the hearts of man, HE can soften this man, and give him the desire to stop drinking. Therefore, our prayers are not left unheard or unanswered. So as for me, I'm gonna pray until I'm blue in the face, and then pray some more!!
---kady on 10/4/07|
sometimes you might have to go to drastic measures. it depends on how much of your Peace he is stealing. just remeber don't Ephesians 6:12
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.It is a spirit you need to speak to it. try putting a piece of cloth with annoiting oil on it in his shoe under the sole
---denise on 9/27/07|
You can pray until your blue in the face. Until your fellow wants to quit and has a desire to quit, he isn't going to quit. It must first come deep within that person. You can't make him quit and you can't quit for him. He has to desire to quit.
---Rebecca_D on 9/26/07|
Pray unceasingly!!! Don't lose hope! My mom prayed for her brother's salvation for over 20 years before he accepted Christ. Prayer is our best and most affective tool as a Christian, so keep praying!
---kady on 9/26/07|
Emily: Direct him to Scriptures:
Phi4:13 I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me"
Believing Christ strengthens him to turn from Alcohol he should pray and Claim Victory!
Rom13:14 "make no provision for the flesh to fulfil lusts"
Remove Alcohol from Home,avoid Bars, parties etc.Flee temptation
Rom6:2 "we..are dead to sin..we also should walk in newness of life"
Jas4:7 "Resist the devil and he will flee from you"
Effort and Faith.
---SeventhSeal on 9/26/07|
Emily what is your relationship with the Lord and then what is your husbands?
Is it your husband?
---Andrea on 9/26/07|
Prayer is good, yes. So is action. I suggest you attend Al-Anon meetings and learn from other spouses how they coped and dealt with their drinking spouses. Also, you may need marital therapy for the two of you.
---Trish9863 on 9/25/07|