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)
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
Click to read Living out Biblical Principles: A Young Man’s Prayer of Chastity