Thank You for not only being the God Who releases captives (Isaiah 42:7), but the God Who sent Your Son specifically to release them (Luke 4:18). Your desire has always been that mankind can be fruitful and subdue the earth, not to have that which is earthly subdue us (Genesis 1:28).
I come to You today Lord on behalf of one of the captives. (Food, drugs, alcohol, pornography, narcissism — you fill in the addiction) is holding (name of individual) captive and I come to You on behalf of this enslavement.
Breaking this addition is like a dream to him/her right now, but You are the bondage breaker. You are stronger than any “strong man” of addiction that has (name of individual) bound and guarded (Luke 11:21-22). Spirit of addiction, in the Name of Jesus Christ, we press our foot down upon your neck for all the misery you have dealt our friend (Joshua 23:10). In fact, we turn the tables on you, spirit of addiction, commanding that you become the captive — to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). God of peace come quickly to crush this enemy as we hold him underneath our feet (Romans 16:20). Arise, O Lord and shatter the teeth of this enemy, that it loses it’s bite (Psalm 3:7). May I persevere in prayer over this until this addiction is beaten as fine as dust in the wind (Psalm 18:42).
Lord, in my prayer weakness, do the fighting on (name of individual’s) behalf as I simply trust You (Exodus 14:13-14; Psalm 138:7-8).
Father, I ask Your Kingdom to come fully into (name of individual’s) life so that Your desire will be done within them, according to the pattern You already have planned for them in heaven (Matthew 6:10; Ephesians 2:10; Exodus 26:30). Lead them out of this captivity by Your very Hand (Psalm 126:1). How giddy with joy they will be when they look back one day to see Your work (Psalm 126:2). We look forward to the day when they can help others find freedom from this same oppression by saying, “It was the Lord that did this marvelous thing. It was all His work!” (Psalm 126:3).
Reset the button of (name of individual’s) life, Father. Reset them back to that time when they was more excited about life itself than their addiction. May Your work pour out so abundantly that it’s like a rushing stream pervading all their whole life (Psalm 126:4). I realize that right now, there may still be days of tears ahead, but grant them the insight to see that You are collecting every tear (Psalm 56:8). As the tears fall, help them see how they are transformed into precious seed that You use for even more life. I claim Your promise that the tears You sow will sprout up as joy (Psalm 126:5-6).
Father, grant a holy anger for this addiction to take hold of (name of individual’s) heart. Grant them the ability to hate the addiction more than they desire it. We realize that it is only through the death of a seed that true life sprouts. When he/she is tempted to cheat, may they call satan out as the liar that he is (John 8:44) and want You more than they want the substance. Reveal to them the littleness of the addictive morsel and the largeness of abundant life You have ahead of them.
Granted, when self control is left up to self, there is little control. But, we are asking You to be their self-control. You promised that You would grant self-control as evidence of Your Spirit inside (Galatians 5:22-23).
I stand here with the claim check for the abundance You have promised (name of individual). Fulfill the order according to Your promises. We believe in You, Jesus, Amen.
Linda’s eyes stared past the present as she verbalized the questions her heart had been asking for years.
“I’ve always felt guilty for my son’s Aspergers. Was it my fault? Could I have done something differently to change the outcome? Could I have caught it earlier and reduced his symptoms? Did my attitude aggregate his symptoms?”
The ladies in our small Bible study listened intently as Linda shared. Over the past few weeks, we had been exploring our faith in depth. Nothing about Aspergers was mentioned in the Bible, so could God be counted on to speak to this situation? Could we actually find God’s Word to be the answer to our problems?
Linda continued, “Our assignment this past week was to read several chapters in the gospel of John. As I read, I heard the Holy Spirit speak directly to my heart through the words of John 9:3, ‘It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was in order that the works of God might be displayed in him.’”
Tears pooled in Linda’s eyes as she explained. “My son’s Aspergers isn’t my fault and it isn’t his fault. God revealed that to me in no uncertain terms. His Aspergers is in order that the works of God might be displayed in him. I now have a renewed sense of expectancy — waiting to see the Father unfold His plan. My heart is flooded with joy. And my joy doubled when I shared with a young woman at school whose child also has autism. The Word of God still speaks. And He speaks directly to me!”
The next morning, one of the first things on social media was this same passage. Our omni-present God was busy revealing these same words to another mother of autism, five hundred miles away. Then, it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, you dear reader needed to hear these words as well. Maybe your difficultly isn’t autism, but you’ve asked these same questions. Here the Father says to you:
‘It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was in order that the works of God might be displayed in him.’
Laney, mother of a son with severe autism writes: “John 9:3 is my son’s life verse. It has been my life support in the darkest and deepest caverns autism has left us. As I scrub fecal matter smeared all over my son’s enclosed bed with tears in my eyes, I find myself whispering, “so the works of God might be displayed in him.” When the school calls me once again and apologetically requests that I take my son home for the safety of all, I force the words, “so the works of God might be displayed in him.” When his peers move on, grow and develop normally, my heart hurts so badly that I think I will actually break. Yet, I grit my teeth and push out the truth once more…”so the works of God might be displayed in him.”
“But then there are glorious days when these words become so real and alive that I can hear His breath and see His veins pulsing through the pages of my Bible. The words of Christ transform into my own and I confidently testify of its truth.
“Like today, when I reflect on the miracles of the week and realize they began with Jude’s autism. This week a young girl gave her heart to Jesus. I literally watched the chains of fear fall from her as she prayed to receive Christ as her Savior. My connection to the family? Her younger sister shares Jude’s diagnosis.
“Tomorrow night I will lead worship in a local night club. All because two very unlikely people (a night club owner and me, a worship leader) were brought together by the same passion: a love for special needs children. Today is just one of those days that the promise of John 9:3 is not dragging my broken spirit along but raised as a banner at my Jesus celebration.
So, whatever it is that God is allowing to happen in your life for the “works of God to be displayed”, don’t give up. Keep reciting and chanting the phrase until you wake up one glorious morning and those words become the lyrics of the song bursting from your heart.”
May it be, O Lord — despite all circumstances, may it be.