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RECOVERY SUNDAY! 9.24.23

All forms of addiction is one of the greatest needs in our nation.

 

In Recovery? I am proud of you! If you need are in need of recovery, take the courageous first step of admitting your need, and we want to help.

 

If you are a family member or loved one, we know you are overwhelmed and we hear you, and want to help.

 

If you are a leader in recovery, “Thank you” and we want to partner with you. As a former caseworker the majority of people on my caseload did not have the resources to get help.

 

If you are part of a congregation, stats say that over 20% sitting in your chairs are pews struggle with some form of addiction. If you have recovery ministries, God bless you, if not, we want to inform you of our effort.

 

If you are a pastor or church leader, as a fellow pastor I want you to join me in reaching many of the “lost sheep” in your church and community.

 

As a pastor and former casework, I was asked to advocate for Christ Centered Recovery. We have set aside every 4th Sunday in September as RECOVERY SUNDAY. September is traditionally National Recovery Month. We are asking the faith community and places of worship across the nation to join us and become “recovery and healing centers”, and address the need of addiction. On

this Sunday

we ask that you show compassion and pray for those in any form of recovery and their family members. Many have included powerful recovery testimonies, and announced resources available in your share your church or community.

 

Please go to our website:

recoverysunday.com

for more information. Please share this with the leaders in your community. If you are a pastor, please go to the website and register to join us.

 

Thank you! We are in this together! Thank you!!

Empowered and directed by God the Spirit, the body of Christ should pray to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ for the following specific prayer points:

1. Pray that the Holy Spirit brings conviction of guilt as to sin, righteousness and judgment to those bound by addiction. (John 16:8-11)

2. On behalf of the addicted, break every stronghold, demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. Pray that their every thought be taken captive in obedience to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

3. Pray that our fast will be pleasing to God and will set the oppressed free and break every yoke of addiction. (Isaiah 58:6)

4. Pray that the addicted will seek after God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength (Deuteronomy 4:29) and will place their trust in Jesus Christ as both Savior and Lord.

5. Pray that those who are enslaved to carnal desires will be set free and instead hunger and thirst for the Word of God and the righteousness of Christ.
(Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 6:33)

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FOR CHURCH GROUPS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS:

Churches, ministries and community organizations can actively participate in the 27th Annual “Just Pray NO!” Worldwide Weekend of Prayer event by following one or more of our suggested activities or by creating one of your own. Be sure to publicize your local event by sending out press releases at least three weeks in advance.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:
-Concerts of prayer
-Rallies and marches to promote awareness and media support
-Sermons and Bible studies concerning substance abuse
-Church outreach to the addicted
-Support of existing substance prevention and rehabilitation programs
-Establish a support group at your church

PROPOSED FORMAT FOR RALLY:
Open in prayer
Allot a minimum of 20-30 minutes for corporate worship
Personal testimony or testimonies (limit to 30-40 minutes total time):

Contact your local chapter of Teen Challenge, Victorious Overcomers, Salvation Army, Celebrate Recovery  or other Christ-centered substance abuse rehabilitation program and schedule two or three persons to give their testimony

Sermon (suggested time 30-45 minutes)
Altar call
Close in prayer

BE ENCOURAGED:

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16

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