Please pray that I'd stop sex-related sins

Hello all,

I’m really struggling with two big (mortal!) sins right now, namely masturbation and viewing pornographic media. I hate that I do this, but when I have the temptation I just … can’t resist. What is even worse is that I’m unsure of how guilty I am afterwards. Intellectually, I hate that I do it, but emotionally I just don’t know.

Please, please pray that I would stop sinning and resist temptation in these areas. Thank you… :blush:

I’ll pray for you and ask that you pray for me friend. I am also struggling greatly with this sin right now. I just can’t seem to stop myself; once the urge pops up, which can happen at the drop of a hat, it builds until it’s completely overwhelming… I know God can get us through it, but it’s really hard to rely on that, isn’t it. I think one of the best prayers for this is Lord, I believe, help my unbelief. I know with His help we can overcome it, but I really don’t understand how to rely on and utilize that help…

As I said, I’ll pray for you friend. This sin is so pervasive in our society…

Praying to the Holy Spirit to give you guidance, direction, strength, fortitude & wisdom to overcome your temptations.

Thank you so much for praying. And I’ll absolutely pray for you, ProdglArchitect. Have an e-hug: :hug1:

You all have my prayers.

I found that faith, true faith, is the key. Ask Christ to help you stop. Then stop. It’s difficult, but gets hugely easier after a little while, and continues to. I absolutely assure you of this. You will get far clearer-headed, as well. It’s just like drug-withdrawal.

Also, think of Heaven. Real heaven, not airy-fairy rainbow land.

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”
“Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
“I plead with you–never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.”
"If He asks much of you, it is because He knows you can give much.”
-Pope St John Paul II

Praying with all my heart, with my hand in the hand of the Blessed Mother,
that all who struggle with sexual sins gain strength through prayer and the assistance
of their Guardian Angel and the Mother of God.

Praying that your guardian angel becomes loud and strong in the face of temptation.
Praying with the Blessed Mother that she CRUSH with her foot the evil one’s intentions in your life. That in your turmoil, she stops to pull her mantle around you and comfort you with her love and concern.

I pray that every day that you remain purified from this temptation you fall asleep, praising God for the grace of perseverence.

Praying praying praying :slight_smile:

Prayers being said for you.

Praying for you and for all that struggle with sexual sins. It is so easy and commonplace in our modern world and it is hard to combat when it flies in our faces.

Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
Amen.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen

Eternal Father, hear our prayers :heart:

O Jesus, wash away my sins with your Precious Blood. O Jesus, the struggle against temptation is not yet finished. My Jesus, when temptation comes near me make me strong against it. In the moment of temptation may I always say: “My Jesus, mercy ! Mary, Help! “

I’ll pray for everyone struggling with sexual sins. These are difficult vices, but there is lots of hope that you can overcome them!

**I cannot recommend praying the rosary daily strongly enough. 15 minutes of dedicated prayer a day will destroy the temptation to sexual sin. **

This is the Dominican rosary website that I use. It gives full instructions on how to pray the rosary:

rosary-center.org/howto.htm#loaded

The rosary helped me overcome a many-years long habit of fornication, masturbation, and contraception. Pray that you will not only turn away from all sexual sin, but that you will come to despise it so much that you actively militate against it with others. That will give God great glory! :slight_smile:

I assume you are accessing pornography on digital devices, right? As a precaution against the near occasion of sin, try these four strategies on for size:

  1. Bring a bottle of holy water home with you and make the sign of the cross on all your digital devices (and yourself) every morning.

  2. Place a crucifix and picture of Our Lady next to your devices, perhaps even on your background.

  3. Whenever you feel tempted, pray “Jesus, help me!” or even simply “Jesus!”

  4. Confess as soon as possible after any lapses (as there may well be some on the way to grace), and receive the sacraments as often as possible. Make a special appointment with your priest to receive the anointing of the sick for strength in combating sexual temptation–it’s a powerful aid.

You can do this! Remember, your adversary is an extremely old angel who is far smarter, more cunning, more experienced, and more devious than you. You can’t do this alone–YOU NEED JESUS AND MARY TO HELP! And they will, with absolute certainty.

Your formula is: Confession + Eucharist + Daily Rosary = No more sin! :slight_smile:

I know that when I am faced with temptation repeating the Jesus Prayer over and over is one of the most powerful prayers I know.

Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of God,
Have mercy on me, a sinner.

One other thought, meeting with your priest and discussing your issues may help you to deal with them.

Saint Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil, may God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O’ Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God thrust into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

Amen.

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

Remembering you in my daily prayers. God bless!

Holy Michael the archangel, defend us in the day of battle.
Be our safe guard against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of heavenly hosts,
by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

I will remember you in my daily Prayers. God Bless,

**What energy was thine, Apollonia! Thy persecutors threaten thee with fire; but far from fearing it, thou art impatient for it, as though it were a throne, and thou ambitious to be queen. Thy dread of sin took away the fear of death, nor didst thou wait for man to be thy executioner. This thy courage surprises our cowardice; and yet, the burning pile,–into which thou didst throw thyself when asked to apostatise, and which was a momentary pain leading thy soul to eternal bliss,–was nothing when we compare it with that everlasting fire, to which the sinner condemns himself, almost every day of his life. He heeds not the flames of hell, and deems it no madness to purchase them at the price of some vile passing pleasure. And with all this, worldlings can be scandalised at the Saints, and call them exaggerated, extravagant, imprudent,–because they believed that there is but one thing necessary!

Awaken in our hearts, Apollonia, the fear of sin, which gnaws for eternity the souls of them who die with its guilt upon them. If the fire, which had a charm for thee, seems to us the most frightful of tortures, let us turn our fear of suffering and death into a preservative against sin, which plunges men into that abyss, whence the smoke of their torments shall ascend forever and ever (Apoc. xiv. 11), as St. John tells us in his Revelations. Have pity on us, most brave and prudent Martyr. Pray for sinners. Open their eyes to see the evils that threaten them. Get us the fear of God, that so we may merit his mercies, and begin in good earnest to love Him.

Amen.**

Saint Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil, may God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O’ Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God thrust into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

Amen.

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

I know the struggle. Please pray for me as well. I found a Catholic site that has many helpful articles related to this. What has helped me the most on the website is this deliverance prayer, which you can find at chastitysf.com/q_masturbation.htm

Use the following formula and repeat it as necessary until the temptations fade.

“In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I renounce the desire to use my own body or the body of another for my pleasure or satisfaction. I renounce the spirit of lust that afflicts me. And I affirm that my only hope and comfort is in God Himself.”

Then say, “Into Your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.”

God bless.

Jesus, I offer this intention to Your most Sacred Heart

Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
Forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
amen

Hail Mary full of grace
the Lord is with you
Blessed are you among women
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus
Holy Mary mother of God
Pray for us sinners
Now and in the hour of our death
Amen

Jesus, I offer this intention to Your most Sacred Heart

Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
Forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
amen

Hail Mary full of grace
the Lord is with you
Blessed are you among women
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus
Holy Mary mother of God
Pray for us sinners
Now and in the hour of our death
Amen

Praying for you.

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