Here’s one that is going to be challenging to the reader. It’s certainly challenging to the author. It’s not my usual 1-3 sentence concise point, though I’ve kept it as short a possible.
When you or I find ourselves drawn toward lusting after something, or even someone, it’s not just that we should be praying to resist this potential idol in our heart, but that act of prayer is what someone else is in desperate need of from us.
Perhaps we’re being drawn to be entertained by things that war against Christ. Perhaps pornography, or simply movies, or music that promote messages that we know disagree with our faith, yet we like the actor, or singer, etc. Not only should we be praying to have these things cleansed from our hearts, we should be praying for those who are facing the battle, or the “artists” themselves, that God would be their strength as they break free, or even those who think that what they are doing is fine, that God will reveal to their heart their need to be freed.
Perhaps its drunkenness we are drawn to. Even if we have broken free but occasionally long for giving up self control. Our prayers for others, whether it is someone we know or don’t know, will further distance us from the gravitational pull of what we know in our heart is a black hole.
Perhaps it is lust for an actual person, even a person we know. Not only do we need to be praying for ourselves, that our hearts would be purified before God, but also that individual, no matter what we think we know about them, is also in desperate need of God working in their life, just as we are. I’m utterly convinced that the greatest way to break sexual attraction to someone is to pray for them EVERY time you have the slightest thought towards them. Just as it is impossible to long hold unforgiveness toward someone whom you pray for whenever you feel anger toward them, it is equally impossible to hold someone up as a sexual idol for long, every time you take that person to God in prayer.
Talon’s Point of the Day is meant to be concise yet thought provoking. If you are impacted feel free to share the point with others, with or without citation.