The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but God shields us with his armor each and every day. Here are 10 powerful prayers for temptation.
Prayer Against Temptation
Father, my Chain-Breaker, I know that You want me to resist temptation. I know You have not allowed any temptation to befall me which is beyond my strength to resist. In You, I have the freedom to choose not to sin, and You have given me Your Spirit to stand firm against temptation. When I am tempted to sin, help me instead to focus on Your goodness to me that is demonstrated by the cross. Fill me with Your Spirit and make me hate sin as much as You do. You have bought my life with the precious blood of Your Son and in His name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer Against Lust
Holy and Gracious God of Miracles, Your Word tells me that I am to flee sexual temptation. It also says that while other sins are outside my body, this is a sin also against my own body. Give me the resolve to say remove myself from any tempting situation. Lord, even if I fall, I praise You that I am under grace and that You have paid for my sin on the cross. Fix my eyes on Your anointed One who has taken my sin and shame and nailed it to the cross. Amen.
Prayer Against Pornography
My Father God, my Strength and my Fortress, You are all-powerful and holy. You know my struggle and my temptation. Help me to be captured by a better vision than the one pornography offers. The vision of Your risen Son is so much more worthy. I want to live in the light of the cross, forgiven and made new – filled with the Holy Spirit, who trains me to reject ungodliness and filth. Help me to take action and put in place concrete steps to stop my behavior, such as a filter on my device and perhaps joining a recovery group. If I fail, God, give me Your grit to get back up again and try again the next day. Thank You, Father, for sending Your Son, Jesus, to bear all my sins on the cross. Amen.
Prayer for Strength to Resist Temptation
Abba, Father, holy and sovereign Lord God, Your Word states, “the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness.” By Your grace, Father, empower me to reject sin. Fill me with Your Spirit and remind me that I am a new creation in Christ. Although I once walked in sin and darkness, by the salvation I now possess, I no longer am bound to walk in those former ways. To You, who gives the power to be witnesses in our lives, and by Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer to Get Help from Others if Needed
Lord of heaven’s armies, You say that iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. I know You do not intend for me to fight alone. Rather, You have placed fellow soldiers around me for mutual support and encouragement. Give me the humility to go to trusted friends and ask for prayer, accountability, encouragement, and advice. Help me to walk in the light with them and honestly confess when I have failed. Master Potter, help me to persevere through these battles and shape me in the image of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer for Strategies to Flee Temptation
Father, Promise-Keeper, You promise that You will provide a way out of temptation so that I can endure it. Help me escape from the evil one, who will tempt and defile me. Lead me not into temptation, Father. Deliver me from the evil one. The Holy Spirit indwells within me, Father, and my will is aligned with Yours. I pray that on the day of tempting, I stand firm, knowing that I am not the same person I was before. Keep me from walking in the flesh and its accompanying desires. Instead, help me walk by Your Spirit. I pray by the name of the One who is with me always. Amen.
Prayer for Wisdom to Leave Situations of Temptation
Jesus, merciful and faithful High Priest, You are with me always and see everything I do. Your Scripture says that we do not have a High Priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet He did not sin. Fashion me in Your image. Give me Your wisdom and strength to avoid sinning. Show me when and how to flee from situations where I am tempted. If it means making some difficult decisions, give me the courage to make them. I want to devote myself to You, and I need Your Spirit to help me. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
Prayer for the Wisdom to Avoid Temptation
Father God, You freely give wisdom to those who come to You. When faced with temptation, I am often confused and foolish, and through my immaturity, I make the situation worse. Give me the wisdom to avoid compromising situations. You tell me to watch and pray so that I will not fall into temptation. I need You to open my eyes so I both watch and then actually see what may be hidden. Give me clarity of thought so I recognize sinful dangers in time to escape them. Help me glorify Your Son in everything I do in my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Freedom from Temptation and to Live by Grace
Lord Jehovah, my God, Self-Existent One, my flesh is weak. I wrestle with sin and I often fail. But You give more grace. Lord, I know I am not perfect but, by Your grace, I am improving. I know You began a work in me and will not leave it unfinished, but You will bring it to completion for the second coming of Jesus. I long for You to make me more like You. Thank You for Your grace, even in my failures. In the beautiful name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Prayer Not to Abuse Grace
Beautiful One, Your grace is awe-inspiring, and every day, I see more and more how wonderful Your salvation is to me. Lord, mold me into Your image. Change my heart. Conquer my mind. Fill my soul. Control my hands and my lips. I do not want to abuse the grace You bought for me on the cross. Guide me to use my freedom, not for sin, but for love and good deeds. I will never ever forget how precious the grace is that You have given to me. Fix my eyes on the cross and on the day my lowly body will be transformed to be like Your glorious body. Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.