Prayers for Self Control

How to Pray for Self Control

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How to Pray for Self Control 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!  


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

The qualities and characteristics of a Christian who is walking in the Spirit are love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. 
Paul also mentioned that there is no law that negates these qualities because they should be overflowing in the life of a true believer.  There is no squelching of the qualities of spiritual fruit!
The word temperance in the Greek, ἐγκρατής egkrateia, means self-control or the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, especially his sensual appetites) (referenced by the Blue Letter Bible)

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.


Learn How to Pray for Self Control Biblically!


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. 

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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!  

A Guided Prayer for Self Control

Prayer for Self-Control for Will power to resist sin

Heavenly Father,  I come to you in humility and set everything at your feet just like Jesus did when he prayed in the garden of Gethsemane.  I need your divine strength to overcome this trial of temptation.  I want to glorify and honor you in my life with everything that I do so that others can see your goodness and grace.  Your plan for my life is to grow in my faith and participating in sin is not your will for my life.  Give me divine self control to resist this temptation and I will give you all the praise and glory.  
In Jesus Name, Amen 


Prayers for self-control with emotions

God, you have created me in your likeness and you understand that my emotions and my feelings can sometimes be deceiving. Help me to make rational decisions that are inspired by your Word and that are pleasing to you.
In Jesus Name, Amen    

Prayer for Self-Control With Eating and gluttony

God,  You created food for the nourishment of my body and not for the satisfying of my soul.  Right now, my eating isn’t glorifying to you and I want to change that.  I can’t control the outward circumstances that are causing me to want to comfort myself with food, but I can treat my body like it’s your temple and eat in a way that glorifies you. Food can not comfort me like you can.
Help me to eat in a way that glorifies you. 
In Jesus Name, Amen  

A Prayer for Self-Control for Spending Money 

God,  Help me to see that satisfaction does not come from material things that I can purchase and is short lived.  My present and eternal satisfaction comes from you and I pray that you give me your divine strength to overcome the desire to make things that I buy my idol.  I want to worship you alone. Help me to overcome. 
In Jesus Name, Amen 

A prayer for Self-Control concerning Spiritual Laziness 

God, my heart’s desire is to follow you wholeheartedly but my fleshly desires are stronger.  Forgive me for making myself an idol that I put before you.  Help me to carve out a daily time to read your word and pray so that I can develop a relationship with you and grow in your grace.  
In Jesus Name, Amen

A prayer for Self-Control for Lust 

God,  you have created boundaries in marriage for my own safety and the safety of your children who long to serve you.  I want to save myself for your will and preserve my life and future relationships so that they are focused on you and your Holy Word.  Help me to know how to have self control over lust and to avoid situations that will lead to sexual sin and to forsake being with someone who would desire for me to sin with them.   
In Jesus Name, Amen 

Do you want to know what happened to that handsome guy who I was going to visit that day?  I was on the way to his barracks and I realized that the devil was laying a snare for my soul and trying to shipwreck my faith.

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!  

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All About the Serenity Prayer 
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