Here are 20 of the most powerful prayers for purity.
Pure Heart Prayer
Sovereign Lord, create in me a pure heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me. I am sinful by nature and unworthy of You and Your grace. Yet You love me and choose me anyway. Forgive me, God, and rid me of the immorality within me. Purify my spirit and make me worthy of You. God, I want to be made new in You. I repent for my transgressions—both intentional and unintentional. Cleanse my spirit, God. Only You can. Amen.
Resist Temptation Prayer
Jesus, my Savior, I come to You in the midst of temptation. I am weak and so willing to give in to the temptations, even though I know they are wrong and against Your will. So much of me wants to fulfill my desires regardless of the purity I know I am called to. Give me strength, God, to resist. Help me stand firm and choose You over my selfish desires. I am struggling, God, and so close to giving in. Please help me not to, God. I cannot do it with my own strength. Please help me. Amen.
Hold Strong Through the Night Prayer
Compassionate Father, I am ashamed of myself. I am guilty of betraying You and giving in to sexual temptation. I feel as though I have no control over what I do in the darkness of the night. But God, I am responsible for my sin. Please forgive my waywardness. Lord, in the nights to come, help me have the strength to hold strong until morning. Let me not turn from You but fix my eyes on You when temptation comes my way. I’m sorry, Jesus. I want to be better. Amen.
Prayer Against Impure Thoughts
Heavenly Father, I am having impure thoughts about another person. Forgive me. I know that it is bad and against Your will, but I don’t know how to stop. God, help me remember that this other person is created in Your image, and I have no right to think such thoughts. Help me keep a pure mind and not falter. I pray that my thoughts may glorify You only. I’m sorry, Lord. Thank You for your forgiveness. Amen.
Prayer for Self-Restraint
Jesus Christ, I am struggling to not go too far with my significant other. We both know You and want our relationship to glorify You, but in the moment, sometimes it is so hard to get ourselves to stop. God, give us both the self-restraint to respect our own boundaries and the other’s boundaries as well. God, you made sex holy and exclusively for a man and wife. Help us respect that and follow that call, even when it is difficult. Amen.
Prayer for Accountability
Almighty God, I am guilty of sexual sin and embarrassed to admit that. I feel like I can’t tell anyone, but I think confession might be what I need in order to be held accountable. God, I pray that You give me the courage to confess my sins to someone I trust, and I ask that You give that person wisdom in how they respond. Jesus, help me create a strong support system that will keep me accountable and help me pursue purity. Amen.
Prayer Against Porn
O Lord, Mighty in Power, I don’t know how to say this, but I have a problem with porn. I am embarrassed about this and don’t know how it got so out of hand. Jesus, I never meant for this happen, and I keep trying to stop, but then I fall into temptation again. God, please forgive me. I promise I am trying to stop but I need Your help. I need Your strength and self-control. I feel weak and unable to say no to that part of my brain that desires it. Jesus, I’m sorry. Be my shepherd and deliver me from evil. Amen.
Living God, I ask for guidance as my partner and I begin discussing physical boundaries in our relationship. Please give us wisdom is how to be modest in our boundaries without being too strict and limiting our relationship due to fear. God, we both want to come to You in prayer—separately and together—as we work to set ourselves up for success. Help us make good and Godly decisions and give us the self-control to respect the boundaries we set. Amen.
Prayer for Virginity
Most Merciful God, sometimes I am embarrassed when my non-Christian friends find out that I am still a virgin. To them, I am a prude, and sometimes it is hard for me not to believe that too. Help me hold strong to the Biblical values I believe in—even in the face of ridicule. God, give me the self-control to not give in to the judgments and to not act out in order to prove myself to others. Help me remember that sex is not something I do when I turn a certain age, but when I am in a loving marriage. Amen.
Prayer for Abstinence
Jesus, many of my Christian friends have had sex or oral sex even though they are not married. When they tell me about it, they have many justifications for why it is okay, and it is getting harder for me to abstain or even feel like I need to. God, can you please help me? Give me the wisdom to know how to respond to these friends and give me the strength to hold onto my own beliefs without wavering. Thank You, God. Amen.
Prayer Against Sexual Desires
Lord, my Shield, I think about sex a lot. People around me talk about it, I see it on TV, and it is just so normal in our culture today. Every day, it gets harder for me to not think about and desire sex for myself. I am worried that one of the main reasons I am looking for a relationship now is so that I can have sex. God, forgive me and give me the power to rid my mind of this sinfulness. Help me be faithful to You and faithful to the people around me. Amen.
Purity in Marriage Prayer
Righteous Savior, I come humbly to You today to ask You to help me to still value purity even in my marriage. Just because I am married, does not give me a free to pass to think about or act on anything and everything I feel. Help me respect my spouse and respect that boundaries can still exist within a marriage. God, help me fix my eyes on You. Amen.
Prayer Against Lust toward Celebrities
Lord, everything I see on the TV is so sexualized, and I have found myself lusting over celebrities and famous people. I don’t know them, but I see their bodies and this leads me to have impure thoughts. God, help me not fall into this temptation or the pressures of the society I live in. It is so easy to dehumanize celebrities and think of them as objects instead of actual people. But, God, they are still Yours and still made in Your image. Give me the self-control to respect that and remember that truth. Amen.
Necessary Steps Prayer
Heavenly Father, I am starting to have feelings for somebody who is already in a relationship. I am having thoughts and desires about this person that are unhealthy, unfair to them, and ultimately ungodly. Help me clear my mind of these thoughts, Jesus. These thoughts are harmful to me and harmful to the other person and their relationship. Help me take the steps I must take and the space I need to rid myself of this impurity. Amen.
Repent from Lust Prayer
Loving God, I am having impure thoughts about my best friend. I keep daydreaming scenarios that I know are wrong but I like the way I feel when I am thinking about them. God, forgive me for this. I do not want to lust over someone like this, and I hate that I enjoy doing it. I repent, God. Make me new and cleanse me from these thoughts and desires. Only in You, God, can I be washed white as snow and truly made pure. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
Lord of Light, I ask that you clear my mind of impure thoughts and help me think about what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Keep my mind set on excellent and praiseworthy things, and help me avert my eyes from sinful things that harm me and my trust in You. I want my thoughts to glorify You, but I need Your help in order to succeed in doing that. Be my assistance, God. Amen.
Heavenly Father, please walk beside me as I create space between myself and the things that tempt me. God, if I am lusting over certain people, guide my eyes away. If scenes in movies affect me, help me choose better films to watch. If it is literature that leads me astray, give me guidance in picking what to read. I want to be proactive in pursuing a life of purity. God, I pray for Your help as I pursue such things. Amen.
Fear of the Lord Prayer
Gracious God, the Psalms say that the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. As I pursue purity in my life, help me remember that this includes the fear of the Lord as well. May I remember always that You are the all-powerful God and I am to bow down in awe of You. God, grant me a pure heart and clean hands as I bow down in worship of You. You are gracious, good, and merciful. Amen.
Pleasure in You Prayer
God, I come to You asking to be reminded that You are all I need. Help me find my pleasure and joy in You. I am guilty of looking in impure places for this pleasure and testing the boundaries of sexual purity in my search for pleasure. God help me not try to find loopholes in the lifestyle I am called to live, but assist me in trying to keep my eyes fixed on You. If You were to search for loopholes, my salvation would stand no chance. But You do not. May I not either. I’m sorry. Amen.
Forgiveness in Temptation Prayer
Lord Jesus, there are times when I give in to temptation because I truly believe that there is no way that I could not give in. Jesus, forgive me for my little faith. Forgive me for forgetting to come to You in times of temptation—or choosing not to. Lord, there is no excuse for me to fall victim to temptation, and I pray for strength as I work to resist it in the future. 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.