#543 - I Party Excessively
Volume 2 - Prayers to Love Our Neighbor
Dear Father, I love to party. I love to have a good time. I love to get smashed and toasted. I want to get so hysterically drunk that partygoers roll on the floor in laughter. I want to do this week after week. I look for every social opportunity to get wasted. Maybe I do this because I am very insecure about who I am. I become a different person under the influence of alcohol, someone who is confident and accepted by the social elites. Maybe I do this because I'm running from responsibility. I don't want to take life seriously. I don't want to contemplate my life or perform a moral self-examination. I don't want to discipline or challenge myself. I stuff all of that under a rug and party. Maybe I do this because my life is intolerably painful. I can't cope with the challenges that face me so I hide from them by consuming alcohol with reckless abandon. Father, this is no way to live. I'm only walking (if not running) down the path to destruction. Alcohol is not my friend. It may cause me to lose my job. It may turn me into an alcoholic. It may estrange me from friends and family. It may lead me to homelessness. Those I drink with are not my friends either. They don't value me for who I am. They like the fact that they aren't drinking alone. It's easier to walk off a cliff with someone else than it is to do it alone. They want me to be a companion in our mutual self-destruction. Father, I don't want to live this way anymore. I want to be free from the chains of alcohol and partying. Father, forgive me for my rebellion from You. May I surrender my life to You. May Your Holy Spirit fill me with the strength to fight off the temptations of alcohol and partying. May I find strength and courage to live a godly life and to get my buzz from bringing hope and healing to people in crisis. Amen.
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