I pray for those who are seeking to be set free from smoking,
May they see themselves as being made in God’s image, and ones who are greatly loved by God. This love is demonstrated in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He died for them to enjoy life in a restored relationship with you. This life is only found in your Son, and He desires for them to fully enjoy a life set free from smoking.
God’s love is always available to help them and to enable them to be made clean from any defilement. This reminds me of what happened to the man in Luke 5:12-13. Here is the story:
While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. (Luke 5:12-13)
This man knew who Jesus was, as the Son of God, and that nothing was impossible for Him. Only Jesus had the power and authority to set this man free. Jesus answered this man’s question by delivering him from his leprosy and declaring this man to be clean. Just as this man was considered to be unclean, smoking also defiles the body.
If I am speaking to believers in Jesus Christ, may they remember that their bodies are holy, and they belong to God. They have been set apart as worthy vessels, and they have been sealed by the Holy Spirit. May they honor you with their bodies (ref: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20) by treating them in a manner that is worthy of your praise.
As they move forward, let them rejoice over their new found freedom. When they quit smoking, may the begin to think about how much better food tastes, and how they are being better stewards of their income. Let them enjoy better health, less stress, and more intimate times of relationship with you, family, and friends.
I bless each person with your profound love, pure conviction, and intimate connection, in Jesus’ name. Amen.