Jehovah-Shamah, The Lord is There,
Forgive me Lord, for I have sinned. My heart and my mind lust, my flesh has fallen, and I need the power of our resurrected Christ to mend my spirit. I understand the struggle plaguing the Apostle Paul as he wrote “the fleshly war” doing the very things my spirit does not want to do, for it is sin living in me that does it. (Romans 7:18-19) Please teach me Your ways, help me fight when I feel tempted by the enemy for I know Father, You do not tempt me with evil (James 1:13.) I pray to confess Scripture and declare as Jesus, “it is written” for I desire to think on things above while the enemy lusts for the things of this earth (Mark 8:33).
I pray my mind is receptive, alert, and guarded with the weapons of our warfare (Ephesians 6:10-18): the helmet of salvation to guard my mind and thought, the breastplate of righteousness to cover my heart from the flaming arrows of the enemy. The shoes of peace for when my mind and flesh begin to wonder or think upon these worldly things, I pray to purposefully spread the gospel, walk or run to the need of others and determine to be a blessing to get my mind off of myself.
May I put on the belt of truth, for following Jesus, I have determined to prepare my heart for action, keeping my mind on things above seated at the right hand of the Father and remove what is unclean from my heart for Jesus said, “What comes out of a man is what makes him unclean. For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean.” (Mark 7:20-23) Give me the strength through all things, helping me turn off the world. When I feel the pull to sin, may I be a woman of God, using the Word of God as a double edge sword of the spirit rebuking all lies, manipulation, confusing, and vain imaginations from the enemy. I pray my shield of faith never be dry, quenching the fiery darts of the adversary.
I believe I am a new creation in Christ, the old has passed and the new spills forth as a sweet offering before my God (2 Corinthians 5:17). Lord You know my heart, the things I am going to say, do and think before I put into action (Psalm 139). I desire Christ in my inner most being (Psalm 51:6). But, when my desire to sin with “sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like” (Galatians 5: 19-21), I will confess to be more than a conqueror to this world and repent from following the ways of the “kingdom of the ruler of the air” (Ephesians 2:1-7). Help me to think on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable (Philippians 4:8), filled with the fruits of the spirit with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control (Galatians 5:22-23). I know the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but Christ came that I might have life and live it to the fullest (John 10:10). I know all things work together for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28) and if I humble myself before the Lord, He will lift me up and give me honor (James 4:10). If the enemy tempts with sexual sin, alcohol, drugs, laziness, thieving, hatred, bitterness, rage or manipulation, give me the spirit of a warrior and declare, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior of God” (Judges 6:12).
Help me fall in love with Jesus Christ more and more. Help me be as Mary, anointing Christ with my temptation and struggles for only He can renew a broken heart. I pray His hand of favor touches my mind to rebuke all ungodly thoughts knowing this too shall pass, for it is the flesh desiring to be fulfilled. I know this desire for a drink, this desire for a drug, this desire for bodily pleasure from adulterous thoughts or sex, this desire to gluttonously consume more that I should and this desire for unbridled anger for well deserved retaliation is not the portrait or imagine of Christ. My spirit’s desire is to follow You more than the body’s desire for pleasure; show me how to turn off my mind, the television, the computer or electronics when world gratification flashes continually before me. If I am tempted by men, give me the strength to turn my head when faced with enticement, to turn off the television, movies or computer when lured to watch and be distracted from my husband. I know we are held to a higher standard than the world for Jesus said, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a man lustfully has already committed adultery with him in her heart.” (Matthew 5:28) If I am tempted by alcohol, drugs or any other addiction, give me the strength to stay far away from where I know it will be.
I believe I am forgiven. If I have backslidden, then I will use my testimony to teach others the repercussions, the power to fight this spiritual battle in the heavenlies and the love of Christ who knows all of our temptations. Praise God for the cross, praise God for the strength in Christ Jesus and I praise You Lord for Your forgiveness and being ever so patient, gently leading me to the purpose declared for my life. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, amen.