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30 days of field time wasn’t the best scenario for a new Christian in the Army.. My knowledge of the Bible was very limited and I was away from the godly influence of my Pastor and brothers and sisters in the Lord.
What started out as an innocent friendship was on the verge of becoming something deeper as I started developing feelings for him. We would eat chow together and sit and talk. He was kind and intuitive.
We went back to regular duty back in garrison and I remember wanting to go and visit him since coming back from the field
I mean, it was innocent enough, right?
What is a Biblical Prayer For Self-Control
It might seem like a silly question to ask what a biblical prayer for self-control is, but it’s vitally important. In today’s culture, there is great emphasis upon self-control.
Have you ever said any of the following?
- I’ll exercise good eating choices so I can lose weight
- I will go to the gym every day so I can be in shape.
- I won’t eat any desserts all this month
- I’m going to not use credit cards this month to control my spending
All of those things mentioned above come from our own strength and determination, but Godly self-control comes from the Spirit of God giving us the ability to resist tempation. There are so many times I’ve made it about my willpower, but a God borne prayer for self-control and discipline looks much different from our own
When you pray for self-control.Have you ever tried taking that lack and turning it into a Spirit born prayer for strength, prayer for will-power and a prayer for discipline?
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The Foundation of How to Pray for Self-Control is Scripture
The basis of our Spirit prayer of willpower is Galatians 5:22-26. Paul was speaking to the Galatians, who were struggling with issues of keeping the law, but didn’t live under control of the Holy Spirit.
How appropriate is that!
They that are Christs should walk in the Spirit and crucify those desires as a result. We need the Spirit of God to overcome the works of the flesh. Take this Galatians Scripture on self-control and hide it in your heart, Sister.
RELATED POST: Bible Verses for Self Control.
What does self-control mean?
What does self-control mean? Self-control is synonymous with self constraint and self discipline. It is the ability to control oneself, and the emotions and desires in behaviour, especially in difficult situations.
With secular self-control, it’s you doing the control (and we know how that goes, don’t we) but with Spirit born self-control, it’s the Spirit of God and His power helping you to overcome temptation by preparing your heart- in God’s word. There’s a big difference between a prayer for self-control that touches the throne room of God and a desire for willpower that is based in our own strength.
Are we looking to pray a Prayer for self improvement? A thousand times no. My self control track record is meagerly wretched. But God’s self-control, Christian sister, is all powerful!
Are we looking to pray a prayer of self love? God’s love has proven faithful and loves us more than we could ever love ourselves.
The Level Playing Field of Temptation
Have you ever looked down your nose at someone who was courting sin while practicing unrestraint in your own life?
Have you ever asked these questions while observing someone and their shortcomings?
- How could she master perfect control over her eating and exercise while courting the danger of sexual sin?
- How can she have an extremely organized household but shop without restraint when dealing with stress.
- Why is she alone with another man when she is married?
- Why is she stuffing her face to comfort herself when she should run to God instead?
The temptation of other people’s sin might look very different from yours, but it’s important to remember that temptation is a level playing field.
Are you looking down your nose at someone who is in (fill in the blank with a specific sin) while fulfilling your lust with (fill in the blank with your pet sin)? No one is better than the other
The bottom line is that we must have compassion for others.
What should my self control prayer look like?
It’s time to get praying, Sister!
When you pray to God, it doesn’t matter the length. Your prayer can be long or short prayers. It’s not the length of the prayer but the sincerity of your heart.
And if you have to throw out an S.O.S prayer, then do that!
RELATED POST: Bible Verses for Self Control
Guided Prayers to pray for self-control
Here is a guided prayer to pray for self control. I’ve written out some guided prayers for various temptations.
Maybe these prayers aren’t exactly what you would pray, so feel free to make them your own. Pour out your heart out to God in prayer and base your prayers upon his never changing Word!
Prayer for Self-Control for Will power to resist sin
Prayers for self-control with emotions
Prayer for Self-Control With Eating and gluttony
A Prayer for Self-Control for Spending Money
A prayer for Self-Control concerning Spiritual Laziness
A prayer for Self-Control for Lust
At that very moment, I prayed a prayer for self-control and God gave me divine strength to walk away from temptation to overcome the trial. I never saw him again. God delivered me- praise the Lord.
It is my prayer for today that you yield your heart to God as you pray for divine self control. I’m praying for you, Creative Sister!
Read these other posts about the topic of prayer:
Learning How to Pray for Beginners
Thanksgiving Prayer Points to Help You Cultivate Gratitude
Learn How to Pray Psalm 23
How to Use the A.C.T.S Model When you Pray
All About the Serenity Prayer
How to Pray Creatively with These Acronyms in Prayer
Pray Without Ceasing Bible Journaling