A Prayer to Help Christians Fight the Temptation of Lust

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When we talk about lust, we don't talk about it in the most positive ways because it is not the way God asks us to look at relationships. Lust is obsessive and selfish. As Christians, we are taught to guard our hearts against it, because it has nothing to do with the love that God wants for each of us. Yet, we're all human. We live in a society that promotes lust at every turn.

So, where do we go when we find ourselves lusting over someone?

What happens when that crush turns into something more than a harmless attraction? We turn to God. He will help guide our hearts and mind in the right direction.

A Prayer to Help When You're Struggling With Lust

Here is a prayer to help you ask God for help when you're struggling with lust:

Lord, thank you for being by my side. Thank you for providing me with so much. I am blessed to have all the things I do. You have lifted me up without me asking. But now, Lord, I am struggling with something that I know will consume me if I don't figure out how to stop it. Right now, Lord, I am struggling with lust. I am having feelings that I just don't know how to handle, but I know you do.

Lord, this started simply as a small crush. This person is so attractive, and I cannot help but think about them and the possibility of having a relationship with them. I know that's part of normal feelings, but lately those feelings have bordered on obsessive. I find myself doing things that I wouldn't normally do to get their attention. I have problems concentrating in church or while reading my Bible because my thoughts are always drifting toward them.

But what hurts me the most is that my thoughts are not always on the pure side when it comes to this person. I don't always think about just dating or holding hands. My thoughts turn far more salacious and border on too sexual. I know you have asked me to have a pure heart and pure thoughts, so I try to battle these thoughts, Lord, but I know I cannot do this on my own. I like this person, and I don't want to ruin it by having these thoughts always on my mind.

So, Lord, I am asking for your help. I am asking you to help me purge these lustful desires and replace them with the feelings you so often refer to as love. I know this isn't how you want love to be. I know love is real and true, and right now this is just a twisted lust. You desire for my heart to want more. I ask that you give me the restraint I need not to act on this lust. You are my strength and my refuge, and I am turning to you in my time of need.

I know there are so many other things going on in the world, and my lust may not be the biggest bad we're facing, but Lord, you say that there is nothing too big or too small for you to handle. In my heart right now, it is my struggle. I am asking you to help me overcome it. Lord, I need you, for I am not strong enough on my own.

Lord, thank you for all you are and for all you do. I know that, with you by my side, I can overcome this. Thank you for pouring your spirit on me and my life. I praise you and lift up your name. Thank you, Lord. In your Holy name I pray. Amen.