Daily Topic for October 19, 2013
When you look at someone addicted to drugs, you are looking at someone who has lost hope. Think for a few minutes about the hope Christ has given us. He has liberated us from the one who comes to kill, steal, and destroy, and He has given us an abundant life (John 10:10). He has freed us from guilt and forgiven us from all sin; past, present, and future. The one thing a drug addict needs is the faith that this is true.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give faith to drug users in Iran that Christ offers true and lasting hope.
Frustration and discontent with their restricted lives and opportunities in Iran has led many youths to drug abuse. Millions are addicted, and most families are affected. Heroin from neighboring Afghanistan is often trafficked through Iran. This dangerous drug is cheap and available to people who have lost hope.
However, this tragic drug epidemic has become a major opportunity for the people to offer hope in Christ. When it comes to drug rehabilitation, followers of Christ do it best, and their success rate is higher than any other. Many stories attest to this.
High on drugs, Khalil stood over his wife ready to plunge a knife into her heart. The cries of their children stopped him. Conventional drug rehabilitation did not work, but when some of his relatives who had begun to follow Christ fasted and prayed for him and shared the gospel, Khalil accepted the Savior and has not touched drugs since. He is now a church planter.
A complete stranger came up to Ali, a heroin addict crying over his brother’s overdose, and told him God loved him and gave him a New Testament. Trusting Jesus, Ali believed and was delivered from his own drug addiction.
Pray for Christ-based drug rehabilitation efforts in Iran to have such success that they will draw not only the patients, but also their families to Christ, generating a rapid-fire church planting movement.-JSLearn more at joshuaproject.net