While the COVID-19 pandemic plagues this nation and nations worldwide so, too, do transnational criminal organizations and violent street gangs, adjusting to pandemic restrictions to flood our communities with dangerous drugs.
The weekend of April 23rd â€“ 24th, 2022 has been designated as the 32nd Annual â€œJust Pray NO!â€ to drugs Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for the addicted and their families.
Since April 7th, 1991 â€œJust Pray NO!â€ has united Christians around the world in intercessory prayer on behalf of those bound by alcoholism, drug addiction and life controlling compulsions.
According to the University of Michiganâ€™s Department of Psychiatry, COVID-19 related social isolation and stress can increase susceptibility to substance misuse, addiction, and relapse. Substance abuse use can lead to immune system, respiratory, and pulmonary changes and may increase susceptibility to COVID-19 as well as complications.
While the COVID-19 pandemic plagues this nation, so, too, do transnational criminal organizations and violent street gangs, adjusting to pandemic restrictions to flood our communities with dangerous drugs.
According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose deaths now total more than 100,000 annually in the United States. The number of overdose deaths accelerated significantly during the pandemic.
While synthetic opioids, such as illicit fentanyl, continue to be the primary cause of these deaths, there has also been an alarming increase in the number of deaths involving illicit stimulants, particularly methamphetamine. Overdose deaths connected to meth increased almost 35 percent in 2020, exceeding the number of cocaine-related deaths.
Another great concern is that a new synthetic opioid was found in the Tampa Bay area of Florida in January of this year. Commonly known as ISO, the synthetic opioid is 20 times more potent than fentanyl.
Addiction in America is an ever-increasing national crisis!
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” â€“James 5:16
Not only is substance abuse Americaâ€™s number one health problem, the devastation of alcoholism and other drug addiction has impacted families and communities worldwide. Substance abuse has been directly linked to violence and sexual immorality and is a major source of income for organized crime and terrorist activities.
â€œFor we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.â€ â€“Ephesians 6:12
Make a formal commitment to join with believers in Christ from around the globe this coming April. Put on the full armor of God and fervently pray in spirit and in truth. We are seeking to enlist millions of prayer warriors from around the world to join us in battle!
â€œWe are not only praying for the release of those bound by substance abuse but also for people to be delivered from pornography, gambling, obesity and smoking,â€ said Steven Sherman, â€œJust Pray NO!â€ founder.â€ We seek individuals and groups which are willing to commit to pray weekly on behalf of the addicted and their families, and then join with multitudes of other committed Christians from around the world in prayer and fasting April 23rd â€“24th, 2022.â€
If you believe that God is calling you to intercede for the addicted please contact us. To find help for addiction through prayer and Christian ministries log on to our web site: http://justprayno.org. To learn how groups can participate in our annual prayer event, click on â€œInformation on the Annual Worldwide Weekend of Prayerâ€ or email: justprayno ( @ ) aol dot com dot
For a personal interview with â€œJust Pray NO!â€ Founder and Author Steven L. Sherman, in the U.S.A. call: (727) 647-6467 or email: justprayno ( @ ) aol dot com.