Prayer For Someone Who Overdosed
God of all creation, you who spoke a simple command and brought forth light from
the darkness, I ask you now to send forth your miracle-working power to heal (those overdosing on drugs of all varieties). You cleansed the lepers, opened the eyes of the blind and by
speaking a simple command, you empowered the crippled to rise up and walk.
You sent forth your life-giving power to all those in need, including those you raised from
the dead. I ask you to send forth your healing power into those overdosing on drugs of all varieties's body and give him the strength to fight his illness. I ask this through my Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Dear God of All,
We come to you grieving with broken hearts over our loved one who has become the victim of an overdose. Our sorrow knows no depths as we consider the preciousness of the life lost and the cruelty of the addition and the terrible accident that robbed them of a good life and cause their death.
Those of us left behind feel victimized ourselves. We feel helpless because we have been robbed of huge pieces of our own life and our future by this merciless disease.
daffodilDespite our sorrow, we pray for the strength to choose life. We choose to affirm the goodness and sacredness of the life of our loved one. We acknowledge their worth in your sight and we hold onto our love for them even through the pain. We pray that you will remove all traces of regret, guilt and shame from our hearts and minds. We pray your forgiveness and mercy over every difficult incident between us and our loved one that was caused by the addiction. You know the road we have walked and how often we have felt that we should be doing one more thing to help, prevent or rescue. We lay this entire journey at your feet and offer it up to you as our baptism into the suffering of Christ, believing that we did the best we could and that this is all that you ask of us.
We pray that you will give us the ability to honor the memory of our loved one and that we might celebrate their victories big and small. Help us to memorialize the enormous accomplishment of their ability to live under the heavy burden of addiction. Please welcome them into your Kingdom as the whole, healthy people you created, now restored to peace, wholeness and joy in your presence. We believe your Word that says, no one dies to themselves. (Romans 14:7,8) We stand on the promise that at the time of this terrible accident that you were there with them in their final hours in supernatural ways that go beyond our understanding.
Although we cannot bring our lost loved one back, we pray for the future time when you will show us how to honor them by somehow taking up the good fight against addiction so that other might live. Right now we're not ready. Right now we pray that you will help us to take the time to grieve and to heal. Simply place a small glimmer of hope in our hearts that one day You will show us a healing path that will be unique to who we are and who our loved ones are.
And so dear God, heal all of our yesterdays, strengthen and sustain us today and enlighten all of our tomorrows with your Holy Spirit. Amen.