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     Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? . . . Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Rom. 7:21-24, 8:1-2

Dear Lord Jesus, we come before you today on behalf of our friends—men and women under enslaving and destructive influence of pornography. The gospel is the only power which is mighty and merciful enough to bring freedom and healing. This is why we come boldly to your throne of grace today, with great concern, but also with a great hope.

O Lord of resurrection and redemption, bring your kindness and strength to bear in clear and remarkable fashion. Things impossible for us are more than possible for you. You have come to set captives free and to heal the brokenhearted. Pornography is creating an overabundance of both. Sin has corrupted our godly desire for rich relationship and the beauty of intimacy, and we have become easy prey for destructive counterfeits.

Lord Jesus, for friends somewhere in the pornography continuum of titillation to addiction, we ask you to reveal yourself as a pursuing and redeeming Lord. We ask for the holy gift of godly sorrow, not the short-lived remorse of worldly sorrow. For your non-condemning love has great power to deliver those who cry, “Who will rescue me…?” (Rom. 7:24)

Lead them to that cry, Jesus. Where pornography has desensitized our friends, re-sensitize them by the life-giving and transforming power of your love. Your love humbles us without humiliating us; it delivers us without demonizing us; it gives us new life, and no mere second chance. How we praise you for your heart-compelling, fear-expelling, repentance-producing love.

For our friends who are married to someone in the talons of pornography, dear Jesus, theirs may be the greater pain and struggle. No one but you can help them with the anger and disgust, the shame and the broken trust that does with their heartache. Help us love our friends well. Show us how to validate their feelings without confirming hurt-driven conclusions. Grant them patience and perspective, forbearance and faith.

Only you can rebuild the trust. Only you, Jesus, can bring a willingness to hope again. Only you can heal the places in our hearts which have suffered the greatest violation and harm. Absolutely no one understands all this like you, Jesus, and absolutely no one redeem these messes but you. So very Amen we pray, in your great and glorious name.




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6 thoughts on “A Prayer about the Entanglements of Pornography”

  1. Samuel Boshears says:

    Thank you for this article/prayer – it’s much needed! I worked in an online ministry called Setting Captives Free in which we mentored men enslaved to sexual sin – I was one of them, but by God’s grace he saved me out of that bitter slavery and gave me a place to mentor other men trapped in the lies of sin.

    Pornography is a disease that’s eating away at the church from the inside, poisoning men’s minds and giving a foothold for other sins to take hold. The problem is that many churches don’t make it a problem – it’s rarely mentioned and I fear that when it is mentioned, men hear a legalistic “stop!” with no offer of help or grace or Christ’s power to do it. At least that was my experience.

    The most pressing thing that men trapped in pornography need to hear is that they can’t do it – they will never stop – unless Christ intervenes. They need to hear and understand the gospel. Only in the power of Christ can any of us hope to turn away from any sin in repentance – first in faith and forever again in sanctification.

    My slavery to sin started with being lost, but it continued after faith because I had a distorted, weak understanding of the gospel. It is central, and I’m glad you’ve pointed that out! Amen!

  2. Mark B. says:

    This prayer is full of truth. Thank you for this. As one who has gone through this struggle it is spot on. May the Lord give a godly sorrow to more people.

  3. Ron Walters says:

    Thank you for your love and mercy for those who have fallen into this trap. The power of love and the power of prayer.

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