Abstain from fleshly lusts
which war against the soul.
- I Peter 2:11
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
but whoever walks wisely will be delivered.
- Proverbs 28:26.
Lord, I pray that You will keep David and Elizabeth sexually pure all of their lives. Give them hearts that want to do what's right in this area, and let purity take root in their personalities and guide their actions. Help them to always lay down godly rules for relationships and resist anything that is not Your best. Open their eyes to the truth of Your Word, and help them to see that sex outside of marriage will never be the committed, lasting, unconditional love that they need. Let their personality not be scarred nor their emotions damaged by the fragmentation of the soul that happens as a result of sexual immorality.
I pray that they will have no premarital sex and no sex with anyone other than their marriage partner. I pray that homosexuality will never take root in them or even have an opportunity to express itself toward them. Keep them away from the presence of anyone with evil intentions, or take that person out of their lives. Protect them from any sexual molestation or rape. Turn their eyes away from the sexual immorality that saturates the world and enable them to understand that whoever "wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God" (James 4:4). May they long for Your approval, Lord, and not allow sexual sin in their lives at any time. Deliver them from any spirit of lust bringing temptation to fail in this area. Put a Holy Spirit alarm in them that goes off like a loud, flashing siren whenever they step over the line of what is right in Your sight.
Your Word says, "Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him" (James 1:12). Speak loudly to them whenever there is temptation to do something they shouldn't, and make them strong enough in You to stand for what's right and say "no" to sexual immorality. May Your grace enable them to be committed to staying pure so that they will receive Your crown of life.* In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Flee sexual immorality.
Every sin that a man does is outside the body,
but he who commits sexual immorality
sins against his own body.
- I Corinthians 6:18.
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