September 6, 2013 by Stacy McDonald

Living out Biblical Principles: A Young Woman’s Prayer of Chastity

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 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)

I have made a covenant with my body to be discreet and chaste; why then should I flaunt myself before men? Does God not see my ways and count all my steps (Job 31:1,4)?

Has He not said that marriage is honorable among all (Hebrews 13:4) and that the woman who allures men even 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 my affections for him alone.

Help me to love my brother (by not secretly encouraging glances my way in an effort to feel good about myself). Help me to love his wife (by remembering that my vanity may contribute to her hurt). Help me to love their sons (by not adding to the struggles and temptations of their youth).

Help me not to use the young men in my life with words of flattery (Proverbs 6:24) or by wearing revealing clothes to gain attention. Help me to remember that true love, satisfaction, and acceptance come only from You. Remind me, Lord, that it’s not all about me.

“Discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things…” Proverbs 2:11–12

Help me to view the men in my life as fathers and brothers and to encourage them in godliness by looking for ways to promote chastity between us both.
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

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5 Responses to “Living out Biblical Principles: A Young Woman’s Prayer of Chastity”

  1. PJB says:

    I’m confused why you keep quoting verses where men are counseled to avoid lustful intent towards women — when you seem to be encouraging women to consider themselves responsible for the possibility that a man might form that intention based on the way she is dressed. Why are you doing that? I also don’t understand how the marital advice is meant to apply to unmarried people.

  2. Emma Joy says:

    Purity and being set apart for God is a challenge and SO important.

    Please check out my blog which has articles, etc. on a number of topics; including, “Purity”, “Self Esteem”, “The Importance of Family”, “Women”, “Homosexuality”, “About Pornography”, “Self-Injury” and more.

  3. Harumi says:

    Hi dear Stacy, how are you?

    I’m writing to ask for your permission to translate (I’m from Brazil) and share your articles with my peers.

    I’m waiting eagerly for your response



  4. Stacy McDonald says:

    Sure. As long as a link is given to the original source, that is fine.

  5. Harumi says:

    Thank you so much! ^.^

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