No More Drug Overdose Deaths! “Just Pray NO!” 2013 Campaign

When Celebrities Overdose, Millions Mourn

We are well aware that a number of celebrities such as singing legend Elvis Presley, comedian John Belushi and football athlete “high tower” Bubba Smith died premature deaths from drugs. When these and other icons such as the “king of pop” Michael Jackson, model Anna Nicole Smith, and actor Heath Ledger each died from drug overdose, millions of people from around the world read the story in their local newspapers and national magazines, heard the tragic news on their radios, and watched the events unfold on television.

In spite of their popularity, fortune, fame and worldly success – their lives were cut short by drug overdose.  But tragically, many of their fans and admirers did not heed the wake-up call!

We Are Losing the War on Drugs

The United States has spent over 1 trillion dollars since President Richard Nixon declared the “War on Drugs” four decades ago.

Although arrest rates have increased by 1000% in the last 20 years, 1 out of 10 Americans are still using illegal drugs.

More and More People Are Dying from Drug Overdose

In the United States alone, Drug overdose rates have more than tripled since 1990! People are not only dying from illegal drugs but are overdosing on prescription medications at an alarming rate.

The Worldwide Addiction Epidemic

The Addiction Epidemic is not limited to the Western Nations. There are literally billions of people around the world addicted to drugs including cannabis, amphetamines, the opiates and cocaine.

The Physical, Emotional and Mental Devastation of Addiction

Over the course of time, alcoholism and other drug addiction destroy an individual – both body and soul. Not only is substance abuse America’s number one health problem, the devastation of alcoholism and other drug addiction impacts the abuser’s family and community as well.

How Can We Make a Difference?

What can we do to turn the tide? How can any individual make a difference?

First of all, we must recognize who or what we are fighting:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

Drug abuse is not just a physical addiction or a biological or chemical problem – it is a spiritual stronghold.  Pharmakeia is a word found three times in the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. It is the root word from which we get our English word pharmacy or pharmacist. Pharmakeia is translated as witchcraft or sorcery. It speaks of the occult magical arts which are often found in connection with idolatry. Drug and alcohol abuse like witchcraft, are powerful, demonic strongholds.

Secondly, we must know how the battle is fought:

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4

To break the bondage and tear down the strongholds of addiction, we need to pray for the addicted so that they will come to the end of themselves and seek God.

Just Pray NO! 23rd Annual Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting

The weekend of April 6 – April 7, 2013 has been designated as the 23rd Annual “Just Pray NO!” to drugs Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting. Since April 7th, 1991 “Just Pray NO!” has united millions of Christians from around the world in intercessory prayer on behalf of the addicted and their families.

To learn how you or your Bible study group or church can participate in our annual prayer event click here: “Just Pray NO! Prayer Weekend

Please take 5 minutes to view this important video and then share this link with your friends.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

We have a variety of resources for you on our website such as:

Biblical Insights into Combating Addiction, Teachings on Prayer and Fasting, links to Christian resources for the addicted: Find Help and Healing Scriptures

About Just Pray NO!

Steven L. Sherman is founder and president of “Just Pray NO!” Ltd. Since April 7th, 1991 “Just Pray NO!” has sought to unite Christians from around the world in intercessory prayer on behalf of the addicted and their families. During the past twenty plus years, CBN, Family News in Focus, Decision Today, Charisma Magazine, as well as several major radio networks including K-Love Radio, USA Radio Network and the Ministry of United News and Information have helped to publicize the annual “Just Pray NO!” Worldwide Weekend of Prayer event and have been instrumental in spreading their message of hope and healing. Mr. Sherman was born in New York City, where he has made frequent appearances on Christian radio and television to help promote his work. For more information concerning this ministry go to: http://justprayno.org. As a Jewish believer in Christ, Steven Sherman understands the feasts, fasts, and festivals found in the Old Testament, which are most valuable in comprehending Bible prophecy. He is the author of THE LAST DAYS CALENDAR: Understanding God’s Appointed Times and THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST: Understanding the Apocalypse. Steven has had numerous radio and television interviews concerning his books including two half-hour interviews on the Herman and Sharron Bailey Show on CTN 22, as well as had his personal testimony of coming to faith featured on the "700 Club." For over twenty years Steven has taught Bible studies and conducted seminars on The Feasts of the LORD and biblical prophecy. Many of his unique insights and teachings can be found on line at: http://lastdayscalendar.net. Mr. Sherman has five children and two grandchildren, Alexandria, his granddaughter and Benjamin, who was born October 19, 1997, on his 50th birthday. The Shermans currently reside in Florida.

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