Before you begin, ask God for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on your life.
Lord Jesus Christ, it is in Your mighty name that I pray.
Father, Your Word says that a patient man is better than a warrior and one who controls his temper than one who takes a city. You have admonished me in Your Word to control my body—my appetites and behavior—in a way that is holy and honorable to You. But I confess, Father, that I fall short of this in many areas of my life, and I ask that You strengthen me by Your Spirit, so that I might not let sin reign in my body or give in to evil desires (Pause and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal those areas of your life that are not yet submitted to Him.)
May the fruit of self-control continually increase in my life that this godly characteristic may be evident in the way that I eat, how I shop, the hobbies I engage in, my sexuality, my words and actions. . .. May every aspect of who I am and how I live be under the control of the Holy Spirit. I submit to You now in Jesus’ name, Father.
Empower me to keep a tight rein on my tongue. May I be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, knowing that anger does not bring about the righteous life that You desire. May I bless with my mouth and my life.
May my life be so controlled by Your Holy Spirit that I truly live and move and have my very being in You alone. Help me this day to not indulge my fleshly nature. Strengthen me to stand firm and be self-controlled in thought, word, and action—that I might be a usable, noble vessel for Your purposes and the glory of Your great name. Accomplish this through Christ in me, for I pray in His name. Amen.
Proverbs 16:32; 1 Th essalonians 4:4; Romans 6:12; 2 Peter 1:5-6; Daniel 1:8; 1 Corinthians 6:19; James 1:26; James 1:19; Acts 17:28; Romans 9:21
–Adapted from Pray the Word: 31 Prayers that Touch the Heart of God by Tiece King. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God, who teaches you to pray “not as I will, but as you will” (Mt. 26:39). Thank God for his counsel as you set the Lord always before you, thus keeping you from being shaken in any circumstance (Ps. 16:7-8). Confess your struggle with God’s will when you are tempted to fail him as you see the world prospering (Ps. 73:1-22). Commit yourself to God anew today, knowing he holds you with his right hand, guides and counsels you, and will take you to glory (73:23-28). Ask the Lord for the assurance that whenever you come to him, he will never drive you away (Jn. 6:37).
Pray that God’s kingdom will be advanced by your willingness to do whatever God may require of you and to do it joyfully (Acts 21:13-14).
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