September 6, 2013 by Stacy McDonald
Admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste… that the word of God may not be blasphemed. (Titus 2:4–6)
Does God not see my ways and count all my steps (Job 31:1,4)? I have made a covenant with my body to be discreet and chaste; why then should I flaunt myself?
Has He not said that “marriage is honorable among all” (Hebrews 13:4) and that the woman who allures men, even just with her eyes, is as a seductress (Proverbs 6:24-25)
Help me, Lord, to honor marriage—my own, as well as the marriages of those around me. Help me to love my husband (or future husband) by remaining pure, by not revealing the intimate parts of my body to others (1 Cor. 7:2-4), and by saving all my affections for him alone.
Help me to love my brother by being careful not to encourage indiscreet glances my way.
Help me to love my brother’s wife or future wife by remembering that my actions affect others.
Help me to love their sons by not adding to the struggles and temptations of their youth.
Help me not to use others with words of flirtation or flattery (Proverbs 6:24) to gain attention.
Help me to remember that true love, satisfaction, and acceptance come only from You. Help me to love others more than myself.
“Discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil…” Proverbs 2:11–12
Help me to view the men in my life as fathers and brothers and to encourage them in godliness by seeking ways to promote chastity between us.
Most of all, Lord, help me to honor you—help me to hallow your name and not to cause your name to be blasphemed (Ezekiel 36:23), so that when unbelievers observe my chaste conduct accompanied by fear (1 Peter 3:2), they might be won without a word.
Love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own… (1 Corinthians 13:4–5)
In Jesus’ Name Amen
Click to read Living out Biblical Principles: A Young Man’s Prayer of Chastity