Prayer Topic: Overcoming Addiction

People who are struggling with addictions are usually feeling powerless. Their desire to break free may be accompanied by feelings that the addiction is greater than them. Fortunately when Jesus died on the cross, He broke the chains of those addictions and overcame it for us. He empowers us by His Holy Spirit to do what we otherwise could not. It is important to remember people cannot do it on their own strength but they need HIS strength to move forward.


Possible Things to Pray for:

  • Repentance and surrender of the appetites of the flesh to God.
  • Strength to fight addictions with God’s Word.
  • Divine power to resist the addiction.
  • Understanding that the addiction does not define who they are; their identity comes from Christ.
  • Courage to resist the addiction and stay away from company that encourages it.
  • Wisdom to make good choices that helps overcome the addiction.
  • A good support system for accountability and help.


Verses to Share: 

1 Peter 3:11 NIV - They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.

1 Corinthians 10:13-14 NIV - No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. Therefore, my dear friends, free from idolatry.

1 John 2:16 NIV - For everything in the world––the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life––comes not from the Father but from the world. 

James 4:7 NIV - Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 

Psalm 50:15 NIV - “…and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” 

Philippians 4:13 NIV - “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” 

1 Corinthians 6:12 NIV - I have the right to do anything, you say--but not everything is beneficial. I have the right to do anything--but I will not be mastered by anything.


Bible Plans:

Overcoming Addiction -

Just Breathe: Hope and Help For Those Drowning in the Pain of Addiction -


Blog Posts:

5 Keys to Fighting Any Addiction -


Message Series:

Bad Advice: How to Become an Addict -

I Declare War -


Other Resources:

Celebrate Recovery -

Faithful Counseling -


Helpful Songs:

Break Every Chain by Jesus Culture -

Miracles by Jesus Culture -