Note: The language in this post could be called “explicit.” The reason for such language is that I think it is necessary.
Whenever I feel tempted by sexual sins (i.e., whenever I feel tempted to lust) I pray that God may get me through it: I pray that I won’t sin.
Below is a prayer I wrote. Words like these flash randomly through my mind whenever I’ll be praying to overcome the temptation to lust, and so I decided to write them down and flesh them out.
One more thing: This prayer is written from a guy’s perspective, but change some of the words around — add some here, delete some there — and the prayer could work for women, too.
A prayer for when I’m tempted to lust:
God, I give you my imagination.
May I see all women, and think of all women, as human beings, not as a means to attain pleasure.
God, I give you my brain.
May I always remember that my actions have consequences. May I always think my actions through, weighing the positives and the negatives, before making a choice.
God, I give you my heart.
You know the deepest, darkest, and dirtiest desires of my heart. I give all of them to you now. You won’t blush when you see them. Or scold. You’re God. You understand.
God, I give you my mouth.
May every word from my mouth, in some way, make the world a better place.
God, I give you my hands.
By your hands you created the universe. May my hands, the hands of one of your creations, always work for the benefit of others, not for my own desires.
God, I give you my semen.
In me are “seeds” for new human life. Sperm. When I stand in judgement before you at the end of my life, and we look back on what I did with my “seeds,” I pray that you may say to me, “Very good.”
God, I give you my penis.
By this body part, new life is helped into the world. You created the human body and said it was “very good.” (Genesis 1:31) In the perfect world that you created, men and women were naked and not ashamed. (Genesis 2:25) That perfect world is gone now. (Genesis 3:7) So I ask you: May my penis not be a source of shame.