A Prayer to Remain Abstinent

Chastity and abstinence from sex is something that we know is a struggle in today's world where sex seems to be everywhere. Turn off the tv, radio, put aside books, and you still can't avoid sexual imagery on billboards and advertisements wherever you are. Sex is all around us. Inherently, though, we first need to remember that sex isn't a bad thing. it's not to be vilified. God designed sex to be beautiful.

However, we are encouraged in the spiritual discipline of chastity, which means remaining abstinent from sexual relations. With temptations that abound, there will be times when our will is tested. Those are the times we definitely need to turn to God for strength. Here is a simple prayer we can say for the strength to remain abstinent:

Lord, thank you for all you do for me. Every day is a blessing, and I do what I can to honor you in my life. That is why I need your strength today to face something that I am struggling with right now. I am faced with a huge amount of sexual temptation. I know that you have asked me to be chaste in my choices. I know I'm supposed to exhibit abstinence when it comes to sex, but Lord, I am having trouble stopping.

Lord, I know alt he warnings. I know that You have warned us against sexual immorality. I know that I am supposed to wait until marriage. Yet in the moments it is so hard to remember. Passion has a way of taking me over and making me forget. I don't want to be impure. I don't want to be adulterous, but sometimes those thoughts aren't the ones at the forefront of my mind.

I also know the realistic consequences of sex. I know that there is always the chance of STDs or pregnancy, no matter how careful I think I'm being. That knowledge is there in my head. But my heart and desire has a way of trying to take over. I also know that after, the emotional impact of having sex could be great. I know it will tie me to that person forever, whether we get married or not. I'm not sure I want that in my life, but again, in the moment the concept is fleeting.

I want to make the right choices, Lord. I know I cannot make the right choices on my own. I've used up my own strength, and I need your conviction to keep me from giving in . Only you can clear the fog that covers my logic as I'm in the moment. I want to live in your glory. I want to show you that I have the discipline to overcome these desires. I want to win this war over sin.

Lord, I ask for your intervention. I ask that you help me make the right choices. I ask for your strength and spiritual armor to where abstinence doesn't seem like a sacrifice, but an amazing choice. Please, Lord, let Your Spirit be my guide. Lift me above these earthly desires and bring me the grace that only you can provide. I don't want to lose this person from my life, but I also don't want to give in. I am humble before you, because I know that I cannot do this myself.

Lord, I know you have more plans for me than this, so let me not be distracted. I want to abstain, and I want to remain chaste. I pray that you will be by my side the next time I face this temptation, holding my hand as I walk away. Lord, thank you for all that you are to me. Thank you for being so much more than just a distant God and being real and listening to my fears and hopes and dream. I cannot do anything without you. In your name I pray, Amen.