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. Romans 7:21-8:2
Jesus, my heart goes out today for friends and their spouses whose lives are being assaulted by the ravaging and enslaving grip of pornography. I know of no other power sufficient for the task but the gospel. This is why I run to you today with grave concern, but also with great hope.
O Lord of resurrection and redemption, bring your mercy and might to bear in stunning 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 over abundance of both.
Jesus, for friends somewhere in the pornography continuum of titillation to addiction, we ask you to reveal yourself in the deepest place of their hearts. 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, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body which is subject to death?”
Lead them to that cry, Jesus. They need a lot more than embarrassment and fear, they need contrition and hope. Where pornography has desensitized our friends, re-sensitize them so they can see and feel the horror of their entrapment, and more so… much more so, the wonder of your deliverance.
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, the disgust, the wound, the shame, and the mistrust that goes with this story. Help us walk with our friends who are right in the middle of this dark vortex. Show us how to validate their feelings without confirming hurt-driven conclusions. Bring 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.
A struggling relationship is a source of immense emotional pain. If you’ve ever endured a broken marriage or a slowly-dwindling long-term dating relationship, you know how difficult it can be to find lasting reconciliation.
If this is you, the power of prayer may be just what you need.
Faith is a powerful thing, and appealing to God for the health of your relationship can have amazing results. Used in conjunction with other efforts, such as relationship counseling, prayer can be downright miraculous.
Rest assured that God hears your prayers, and that He cares about you. His answers may not always come in the form we expect, but they do come when we ask for help.
And sometimes, the very act of praying can bring about huge change in your life. When we pray, we take our abstract desires and put them into words. We say what we want out loud. Sometimes, that’s enough to help us make sense of our problems and go about finding the solutions—God works through natural means as much as He does through the miraculous.
But whichever way prayer works out for you, it’s always worth your time. To help you learn how to use prayer well, let’s take a look at 7 examples of prayers for a struggling relationship.
Early Sunday morning, I searched the internet for prayers for friends who are struggling. I found great wisdom straight from scripture that taught me how to intercede for them. (amazing!)
We can pray verses of the Bible over people and know that we are asking in unison with what God wants for His children. — John 15:7 For me, doing this takes the doubt out of praying. I can ask in faith and trust it is in His will when I invite Him to do what He says He can and will do for people.
Here is a prayer based on Scripture that invites healing for those who are struggling and held captive by fear.
God, I cry out to You for help knowing that you are listening. –Psalm 34:15
I come asking You to restore joy to ___________ who is struggling and being burdened with fear.
I ask You to meet __________ at the area of their greatest need, and “bind up their broken heart. — Isaiah 61:1.
Thank You for your promise to be near the those who are brokenhearted and those crushed in spirit. — Psalm 34:18
Where there is sorrow and fear, I ask You to replace that sorrow and turn it into the oil of gladness. — Isaiah 61:3
I celebrate that You will use this trial to produce patience in ____________ and grow them in dependence on You to meet their needs. — James 1:2-4, Psalm 34:10
Bring ____________ to a fresh and deeper level of knowing how BIG Your love for them is. You’ve promised that will make them complete, filled with life and power that is from You. — Ephesians 3:18-19
I trust Your love and provision for ___________ is available and You are able to do so much more than I know how to ask or imagine for them. Ephesians 3:20
In this situation, I trust You and promise not to lean on my own understanding or ideas of what should happen for them. I will trust You with their heart and their healing. — Proverbs 3:4-5
In the name of Jesus, I ask these things so that You will be known. Amen — John 14:13
Our God has the answers and the power to overcome evil and produce a good – no – GREAT result. If we know God by knowing His Word, we will know how to intercede. We will be effective in bringing His will from heaven to earth.
Is there another verse that comes to your mind to pray for someone who is struggling with trials and fear?