Theme: Breaking the Chains of Lust
Bible Reference: 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Lust can be a powerful force that grips our hearts, leading us down a path of destruction. It can make us lose sight of the truth and the way of righteousness, clouding our judgment and causing us to stumble. But we have hope in Christ, who has given us the power to break free from the chains of lust and live in the freedom of His victory.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 tells us to flee from sexual immorality and to honour God with our bodies. This means that we must actively take steps to avoid situations that could lead us into temptation, such as avoiding certain websites, movies, or people who may tempt us. We must also surround ourselves with healthy relationships with other believers who can support us in our walk of faith and hold us accountable to living a life of purity and holiness.
To break the chains of lust, we must also guard our hearts and minds by renewing them with the truth of God’s Word. We must meditate on His promises and teachings, filling our hearts with the things that are pure, lovely, and praiseworthy. We must also pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us in the way of righteousness and to give us the strength to resist temptation.
Ultimately, it is only through Christ that we can break the chains of lust and live in the freedom that He has given us. He has already won the battle against sin and death, and through His death and resurrection, He has given us the power to overcome sin and to live in freedom. As we abide in Him and walk in His ways, we can experience the fullness of joy and peace that come from living a life of purity and holiness.
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you the strength to resist temptation and to guide you in the way of righteousness.
- Pray for healthy relationships with other believers who can support you in your walk of faith and hold you accountable to living a life of purity and holiness.
- Pray for those who are struggling with lustful desires, so that they may find hope and healing in God.
- Pray for marriages and relationships to be strengthened, and for purity to prevail in all areas of our lives.
- Pray for God’s forgiveness and cleansing in any areas where you have given in to lustful desires.
- Pray for God’s renewing in your heart and mind, and for Him to fill you with His truth and love.
- Pray for God’s protection over your mind and heart, and for Him to guard you against any temptation or deception.
- Pray for God’s guidance in the practical steps that you can take to avoid situations that could lead you into temptation.
- Pray for God’s grace and mercy to be poured out on you, and for Him to help you walk in His ways.
- Pray for God’s strength and power to overcome any temptation or struggle that you may face, and for Him to help you break free from the chains of lust and walk in the freedom that He has given you.
Heavenly Father, we come before You with grateful hearts, thanking You for Your grace and mercy, and for the victory, we have in Christ. Your Word tells us in Romans 6:14 that sin shall not have dominion over us, for we are not under law but under grace. We ask for Your help in breaking the chains of lust in our lives, as Your Word says in 2 Timothy 2:22, “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” We pray for Your strength and wisdom to resist temptation and walk in purity and holiness, as Your Word tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
We also pray for healthy relationships with other believers, for marriages and relationships to be strengthened, and for purity to prevail in all areas of our lives. Your Word tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honour, not in the passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God.” We pray for those who are struggling with lustful desires, that they may find hope and healing in You, as Your Word says in Psalm 147:3, “He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.”
We ask for Your forgiveness and cleansing in any areas where we have given in to lustful desires, and for Your renewing in our hearts and minds, as Your Word tells us in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We pray for Your protection over our minds and hearts, and for Your guidance in the practical steps that we can take to avoid situations that could lead us into temptation. Your Word tells us in Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Lord, we also pray for those who are trapped in addiction to pornography or sexual sin. We ask for Your healing and deliverance in their lives, that they may find freedom and victory in You, as Your Word tells us in John 8:36, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” We pray for Your wisdom and guidance for their loved ones and counsellors who are helping them through this journey.
Father, we ask for Your protection over our marriages and relationships. Help us to honour You with our bodies and to pursue purity and holiness in all areas of our lives, as Your Word tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, “Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” We pray for unity, love, and understanding in our relationships, and for Your grace to abound in our lives, as Your Word tells us in Ephesians 4:2-3, “with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Lastly, we pray for Your kingdom to come and Your will to be done in our lives. May we live according to Your purposes, and may Your glory be revealed through our lives, as Your Word tells us in Matthew 6:10, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Revd Sam Adeyemi