“16 If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that” -1 John 5:16
This afternoon after church my wife and I found ourselves eating pizza at the same pizza place as the Lead Pastor of our church. We were with a group of teenagers and so as I was standing around Pastor Brett mentioned that he had read my devotional 75 Pounds. He then asked if I would be interested in sharing my story for a part of a series that is coming up called “I Quit.” We stood around talking about my story when we began to talk about exactly what 1 John 5:16 talks about.
If you read through my story you’ll know that I put on 75 pounds in a few years. I found comfort, from the pain of holding on to grudges and past disappointments, by eating. What was interesting though was that while people around me noticed that I was packing on the pounds…no one said anything. No one questioned if I had a problem. No one stepped up to say I needed to get my life under control. And no one asked if everything was okay.
1 John 5:16 calls us to pray for those people we see that are drowning their sorrows and pain in an addiction. We often see people who are in a tough situation and pass them off. We dismiss their actions by saying “that’s too bad” or by disguising a prayer request as gossip. We need to be cautious not to turn our prayer groups into a community of gossip.
Think through the people in your life that you know are stuck in situations that are caused by hurts or pain. Pray for those people. Pray for the people who you don’t know are covering up hurts and pain with unhealthy choices.