The Power of Prayer
By finallyfree
12/28/2009 6:39:08 PM
Over the years when I've encountered setbacks in life, my first response has been to turn to pornography for relief. Of course this strategy has resulted in only very short-term escapes, and the long-term destructive effects have left me deeply wounded. I've tried every imaginable strategy to overcome this habit, but only recently realized the true extent of my addiction.

This realization came on the heels of yet another setback (life has a way of kicking you in the teeth sometimes). Despite several months of sobriety, I found myself lying in bed one night thinking of acting out. I wrestled with the desire for about a half hour, willing myself to stay in bed and knowing that if I got up and went to the computer the battle would be lost. Finally, as I was about to sink into the abyss yet again, I reached out to God in prayer.

I cannot say for certain what happened next, but I received the strength I needed to make the right decision. It was miraculous, one of the few times I have won such a battle--though it wasn't my victory alone, I had divine help. The incident strengthened my testimony of prayer and the importance of reaching out to God in the moment of temptation.

When I awoke the next morning, I realized I would never be able to overcome my addiction alone, and the LDS 12-step program came to my mind. I looked up locations and attended my first meeting the following week. It was one of the most difficult things I have ever done, but also one of the best.


Faith and Prayer    
"What an inspiring experience! I've been through a lot of similar situations, and I also have a firm belief in the power of prayer.

Something that struck me as I read this, is how my prayers have more strength when I have the faith to ask for the Lord to teach me how I can be obedient and what He expects me to do to overcome the temptation. I have yet to fail by following the promptings that come after prayers like that."
posted at 17:26:39 on January 3, 2010 by ETTE
"I agree 100%. Prayer is probably THE biggest thing in my recovery. If it wasn’t for a prayer where I admitted total defeat and told my Father that it was His problem now, I wouldn’t have even found the recovery program. I thought I had tried everything, but in less than 30 days He had me in a meeting, and I didn’t even know the church had a 12 Step program before that. At this point if I could only choose one tool it would be prayer. If I have that I can find the strength and anything else I need for my recovery."
posted at 18:09:23 on January 4, 2010 by justjohn

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"In a decaying environment, the mind is the last redoubt of righteousness, and it must be preserved even amid bombardment by evil stimuli. Christ is competent to see us through, “for in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” As promised, He will make either “a way to escape” or a way “to bear it”."

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987