Prayers for strength

Morning again all.

I am asking for prayers for God’s graces to pull me away from temptation. I have already given in briefly this morning… I’m pretty sure I’m in a state of mortal sin now, not positive, but pretty sure… and am fighting to not give in for the rest of the day.

Honestly though, I don’t think I’m going to make it, which is why I am asking for prayers. I recognize the pattern I’m in right now, and it’s not one I’ve broken with any consistency.

Please pray for strength for me, and pray that I can survive until I’m able to make it to confession, which sadly, won’t be until a week from tomorrow… unless I can get a hold of a priest before Sunday mass, which is possible, but not likely.

Praying for you.

My prayers are with you today!!

Dear God, give me courage,
for perhaps I lack it more than anything else.

I need courage before men against their threats
and against their seductions.

I need courage to bear unkindness,
mockery, contradiction.

I need courage to fight against the devil,
against terrors and troubles, temptations,
attractions, darkness and false lights,
against tears, depression, and above all fear.

I need Your help, dear God.

Strengthen me with Your love and Your grace.

Console me with Your blessed Presence
and grant me the courage to persevere
until I am with You forever in heaven.

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.

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.

Thank you for the prayers everyone, I’ve also been saying the rosary as I sit here at work and, while I am not completely past it, I am doing better.

As a Catholic, am I allowed to say I hate my brain and all the annoying and temptive memories I have in it?

From being on the forum, I know of your struggles. I am praying for you!!! You can do this!!!

Does it help if you talk to your wife about it? My husband had a very similar struggle and it helped him to simply tell me that he was struggling with temptations. It wasn’t an invitation to intimacy by any stretch, but it made me aware of his hardship and allowed me to encourage and help him as best as I could and in whatever way I could. I think it helped him a lot to know that his wife who loved him was praying rather than judging.

:slight_smile: I would say yes, you are fine to say this. Our eyes can’t unsee, can they? And so many of us fail to recognize what an implication our own sins will carry throughout our lives. But, so it is with the human condition.

I do talk to my wife about it occasionally, but usually only to explain a variance in behavior; for instance I usually play on my computer a bit before bed. When I don’t, she finds it odd, and I tell her I’m having troubles.

I tend not to bring it up with her too much, because she usually interprets is as me asking for “help.” This is my fault, I do tend to ask if she up for enjoying the marital bond when I’m struggling. I’ve been trying no to as much recently, because I 1: don’t want to be dependent, and 2: don’t want her to think I’m only using her for relief.

That’s fair. And that’s a line to balance, which I completely understand.

I join you in this prayer and i pray also for everyone including myself to be granted all the grace necessary and to allow Jesus to transform us entirely so we become worthy of his love. In Jesus name. Amen

What a lovely prayer, I will join you with this. And, for all who struggle with any addiction, the Serenity Prayer has helped me, try it.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage the change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

Hello my dear friend. I unfortunately know what it means to be weak. Try as much as I can I always seem to fall back to my problems with a weakness beyond imagination. I take courage though as I am convinced that the Lord knows how hard I am trying. Take courage from St. Paul - he also claimed that although he wants to do good, the body has other plans.

I pray to the Lord to give us the courage, strength and willingness to fight on. Never to give up hope and to put all our problems in the hands of the only real saviour Jesus. I beg mercy and pray for all the brothers and sisters who have some weakness or another. We are all in this together. For this I pray in the name of Jesus.

Amen

God Bless Us All


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 art thou among women and
blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus
Holy Mary mother of God pray for us
sinners now and at the hour of our death
Amen.

Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning is now ever shall be world without end

I once heard a priest talk about the importance of a man praying for the beautiful women who they were tempted to sin when “seeing”. He said to see the woman as God sees her, that God made her beautiful and how much God loves her.

Maybe that would help you. You see these beautiful women who are precious children of God on the computer. You also see them with the images that are seared in your memory.

Ask God to release your memory of these women.

Ask God’s blessings over these women.

If you think about these women as victims, it may help as well. They truly are victims. Many of them may be in great pain as they are at the photo shoot. Some may be suppressing the pain - it is not a healthy normal function of the body or mind to submit to pornographic photography.

Why is she there? Is she addicted to drugs and needs the money? Is she being exploited by her “boyfriend” or pimp? Is she a victim of sex trafficking?

How much emotional pain is she experiencing while participating in the pornography business? How does she feel about the men who will view her body? Does she feel hatred towards each of them?

How much shame does she carry every day hoping no one recognizes her? Is she fearful she’ll be “found out” by neighbors, by people at church or her kids’ school? Is she fearful one day her children will know or her family?

Is she doing this to “survive”? Is she forced? Does she suffer low self-esteem?

Does she even know her pictures are on the pornographic sites?

Pray for these poor women. Pray they can escape the pornography business.

See these women as God sees them. Offer prayers and rosaries for the suffering they endure. Ask your guardian angel to join you in prayer with the guardian angels of these women.

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