DAY 2

The Power of Intent

CALL TO ACTION

Here is your call to action today:

  • Consider: one intent that keeps occupying your lustful drive. For example, an unfulfilled sex drive, loneliness, lack of physical touch, broken relationships, absence of power, and the like.
  • Confess: this is a short prayer to God.
  • Share: below one attribute of God that might better satisfy this intent. Just one! For example, love, acceptance, purity, companionship, forgiveness, grace, and the like.
  • Ask: God to provide this to you and for you today.
DEVO

195 thoughts on “The Power of Intent

  1. John says:

    Purity. It’s amazing to know that one can turn to a God who is pure, which brings about peace and does away with the issues in life that are taking the control of this world cause by lust.

  2. Tony says:

    Thankful for God’s acceptance of me, Even as I see myself flawed and unclean, His love for me us my true identity.

  3. Paul says:

    O’ Lord, direct my thinking so that I may be pure in my thoughts and desire for my wife. Teach me to turn away from the temptations of my flesh and to turn to you for what is right.

  4. Dale says:

    Intent: To be known and wanted.
    Lord help me to direct my to to you, instead of to myself
    Lord you have chosen me and you have unfailing love and faithfulness toward me!
    Lord remind me of this moment by moment. Remind me before my intent turns selfish.

  5. Dre says:

    One intent for me is stress reliever. I’m normally ok, but when things get more stressful, I automatically look for an outlet and internet lust is an easy fix. It’s easy to a access, consume and hide. I believe the Lord’s love is what I really need to get a hold of. You’ll hear people (like paul washer) talk about the moment they understood that they could not be any more loved. This is Pauls prayer in Ephesians 3…that we might know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, to be filled with the fullness of God.

  6. Tim says:

    It is worst when I am struggling with loneliness. I will choose to focus on God’s companionship. He can meet that need for me.

  7. Chris says:

    When I’m lonely or feel isolated. However, even when I’m not temptation can still hammer away at me because I just want it. I do best when I can identify the desire early on & stop feeding it . On those days I can do this, I feel better and I feel The Father’s smile.

  8. Joe says:

    God is caring and patient. I see him as this but it’s me who has to take that and incorporate that with my daily life. I have to “want” to give away my lust and challenge myself not to engage in any aspect. Start somewhere, a work in progress.

  9. Jake Steel says:

    Sorry, I’m already a day behind here, fellas.
    Grace is the one aspect of God that wars with my own shame. Shame, tho, is that part of my pride at war with my acceptance that tho I’m not good enough, He is. God pull my focus from my pridefulness, to focus on what you have set before me.

  10. Mike Gole says:

    Yeah… I thought that I was a sick man after I got married. Why do I still have these thoughts even though I am married to this beautiful woman?
    Focusing on our Father has brought me to a point where I still look, but I bounce (at least try to) my eyes and think of my bride.

  11. Keith says:

    I pray that God fills my heart with his love and companionship. As I know when I’m alone and needing sexual love this is when I’m most vulnerable. And open to failure.

  12. Brian Susich says:

    My intent is simply to satisfy my sexual desire. I often have that classic conversation with the Devil on one shoulder and an angel on my other, debating why I should or shouldn’t. My flesh typically wins.
    The attribute I pray for is the concept and comfort of ETERNITY. That far exceeds the 10-minutes of sexual satisfaction. Okay, 5-minutes. 😔

  13. lee says:

    not feeling accepted or good as everybody else feeling ugly. feel the need to prove as good as others.
    feeling of powerlessness and undeserving of Gods blessings.

  14. Ramon Guzman says:

    What occupies my lustful drive is lack of physical touch and intimacy from my wife for many years. We have sex regularly but it seems cold with no intimacy, no foreplay on her part seeming almost like a chore for her despite all my romantic efforts that has caused to to commit adultery several times pre and post my christian walk. I continue the search to forgive myself but there is always a reminder of my sin where I ruined my career because of acting out. My wife says she forgives me but our relationship is broken because of my sins. I pray for acceptance, forgiveness, grace and for God to fill the void.

  15. William Clark, Jr. says:

    I will yield to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and ask when I may be drifting or running from God

  16. Chris says:

    Sexual desire for me, thank God for his grace and giving me the willingness to try to be better everyday

    • Ian says:

      Unfulfilled sexual desire for me, and I’d have to say God’s grace or just being thankful for the wonderful wife God has blessed me with.

  17. Rusty says:

    Loneliness is half my problem. The other half would be sexual desire. I love my wife and thank God for her.

  18. Ed says:

    Old age has brought a lack of the ability to control much. When working I had lots of control of my circumstances. Not now. Alternative is to dwell on the truth that God will equip me to do/control what He leads me to do.

  19. Travis Cooper says:

    First and foremost would be unfulfilled sex drive. My alternative could be just thanking God for my wife, and trying to appreciate all the other attributes she possesses. It’s not just about that.

    • Matt says:

      Agree. Anger due to lack or loss of control. I love my wife, but I need to work on being more thankful, not disappointed or frustrated, when it comes to my wife and our relationship.

  20. Dave says:

    I’m intrigued with the attribute of companionship: what that looks like between God and I, my wife and I and with other guys.

  21. Branford says:

    For myself, the attribute of God that I can cling to is His grace. Continuing to willingly do this sin makes me feel like I am taking His grace, love, and forgiveness for granted .

    • Tyson S says:

      Day 2 Pride, loneliness, provision
      God help me to trust in you and give you these desires. Turn them around for your glory. Thank you for your provision. Also, give me right focus on your purity. God’s good

  22. Jon says:

    For me, I am asking for God to show me his sovereign power for healing over my misdirection. I know the only thing stopping this from happening is myself. My prayer is for my thoughts to become transformed to be always focused on Jesus and to allow Him to change my focus, especially in my most trying times.

  23. Jason says:

    For me it is God’s wisdom and acceptance that I need to lean into. Many times my struggle with lustfulness comes from a desire to feel accepted.

  24. Ryan says:

    To only choose one of intents listed is very difficult as it would be all of them. But if I have to choose one it would be loneliness. The one attribute of God that could satisfy the intent would be Love. I need to let and accept God’s Love for me. I need see and make him my King, my Lord and Savior, not just someone I go to for Wisdom or Knowledge when I feel like it.

  25. Noah says:

    I’m not sure which attribute of His I should search out best satisfy my intents properly….As far as my intents go, it seems like all of the above. Focusing on the quality of how pure His goodness is might help; my lack of trust in certain people helped cause these issues, maybe a whole and renewed trust in Him is the thing to undo the deep loneliness I often feel.

  26. john says:

    Loneliness even with wife. The loneliness that comes from not connecting on a deeper level. God wants to connect with me deeper and deeper.

    • M says:

      Temptation for extreme pleasure reveals my lack of trust in God’s nearness and grace (fear of failing and powerlessness really tends to drive me toward immediate self-satisfaction versus believing in God’s Truth and Good Provision).

  27. Eddie Ackerman says:

    boredom/aloneness – I need to communicate to my wife better when I want time with her, and when possible, she seems more than willing to be a wife to this husband.

  28. Sam says:

    Unfulfilled sex drive, lack of physical touch & a broken relationship all occupy my thoughts.
    I believe that God’s companionship is the one.

  29. Walter says:

    30 plus year relationship and the desire is still there but the lack of the lack of reciprocated physical touch is not .

  30. J says:

    One thing I lack is a constant desire for spouse. I asked the Lord to heal this and place in me desire for my wife

  31. Chuck Morelli says:

    Lack of physical touch. Forgiveness from my past transgressions. God please soften the hearts of my loved ones to see me as I am today not how I was yesterday. I ask this in your blessed name.

  32. Dave says:

    I wrestle with boredom. I continually desire to conquer things and accomplish things out of the norm. I need reminded that God is enough. Having my mind dwell on Him and making plans for accomplishing His purposes is my goal. I need God’s contentment, no my selfish desires.

  33. Jacob says:

    “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
    ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    I am desired and chosen by God. It’s not just a blanketed “choosing,” he has chosen me specifically and personally.

  34. Jose Barrientos says:

    Physical Touch; Purity
    I am reminded of this passasge
    1 Corinthians 6:19-20
    Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
    1 Corinthians 6:19‭-‬20
    It helps, David said “I’ve hidden your word in my heart that I may not sin against you”…..
    Gentlemen it is a process for me I’m learning little by little to substitute those thoughts with a portion of scripture. For me its what activates the Holy Spirit that dwells. The battle that ensues is actually if i can be honest extremely intense. Pray for me as a whole. Because I need it. We need it. Blessings

  35. Brian says:

    Forgiveness and looniness. I have cheated on my with in addition to porn. She may leave me now which I understand. I am lonely and long to be love like before. I didn’t see it then and blew my life up. Now I have so may regret I have a hard time forgiving myself so I can move forward. I’m such a mess

    • Marius says:

      Fast & prayer and heavenly grace have saved my marriage from certain demise. Hold fast and be strong. Resist the attack and God will break through. Draw closer to God. Make weak the flesh so your spirit can be strong. I’m praing for you Brian. God Blessed your marriage and Christ ‘s blood protects it from the dark angel of divorce. In Jesus name we speak life over our marriages.
      SIN IS NO LONGER OUR MASTER because we are not under the law but under His Wonderful Grace. Rom. 6:14

  36. Doug says:

    Unfulfilled sex drive on the surface but really is probably a need for love, approval and acceptance. I need to be reminded how much God truly loves me and accepts me. Jesus needs to fulfill those needs for me

    • Bill says:

      For me it is a lack of emotion at times from my wife she is not always feeling like I do. But I have to trust more in God because god is emotion,love and the guidance I need to be a better man

  37. Gino Landry says:

    My wife wasn’t raised with physical affection and doesn’t show much affection. This used to really mess with my head and emotions as I interpreted it as rejection and then feeling entitled . I struggle with deep insecurity issues already so this can be a trigger for me. I sleep away from home most nights at my business which requires overnight staffing . I’m tired of being away from home as it has been a big struggle. No one wants to work because of the free money. I long for Gods purity and want that most since I have been determined and working hard to obtain it for years now. However, still failing .

  38. Cory B says:

    My two biggest love languages are quality time and physical touch(not sexually.) So I guess it would stem from being lonely and lack of any physical contact.

    I know when I am right with God, my urges are almost nonexistent. One thing that helps is friendships. If I reach out to my friends to check in or say hi, I remain close to God. It’s when I isolate and feel sorry for myself that I struggle.

  39. Gary Vosen says:

    One intent would be to deal with stress by medicating the emotional pain with the lustful “high”. I pray for forgiveness and seeking God first to deal with the stresses of life.

  40. Ryan Weinkauf says:

    My lustful drive is curiosity. Only Gods forgiveness and his chastising, the only thing that is going to stop my curiosity I believe is listening to the rebukes from the Holy Spirit.

  41. Tim says:

    One intent is hard to pick out, but it all comes down to my relationship with my wife is not what God intended. God grant me the companionship that you intended for our marriage.

  42. Ron says:

    I think it’s because of a lack of physical touch which I don’t receive but maybe the main intent is the fantasy and curiosity of me being intimate with other females for a variety of sexual experiences. It just sounds so intriguing. Very very wrong behavior. Thank the Lord I’ve never been unfaithful physically during my 33 years of marriage other than with my mind. I need God’s grace and forgiveness and the transformation of the mind.

  43. Troy says:

    Acceptance, I believe that I desire this and I believe this lack of acceptance in my mind I’m guessing from childhood is a root cause for my lust full desires. Dear God help me to feel your acceptance of me as a child of yours Amen!

  44. Kenneth says:

    Lack of physical touch. A hug or my wife running her hand across my shoulders as I am sitting in a chair goes a long way, even more than lack of sex. It would show that she cares

    • Tim Szauter says:

      I would say habitual looking at women at large is the root cause of creating inappropriate lustful thoughts and desires. God let me see and feel the magnitude of these actions and look to you when I am tempted! Amen

  45. Chad says:

    Clearly for me it is lack of physical touch, loneliness, and an unfulfilled sex drive as i’ve lived the last 12 of my 22 years in a sexless marriage. I’ve conquered some big hills in my mental/ spiritual game in the area of lust and sin, but my craving to be with my wife is very hard to suppress. Lord help me to receive all my needs from you first that I might be excellent at giving to my wife no matter what. You are the only one who can truly fulfill me, so I ask you to fill me today and to help my wife and I to see one another the way you see us.

  46. Marty says:

    The forgiveness that He has for me puts a little bit of hope in me when i really need it. When I struggle or slip I can forgive myself and get back to work and move forward because He has forgiven me.

  47. Matt Brown says:

    The intent that drives me is that of the ‘forbidden fruit’, fantasizing about what I can’t or shouldn’t have instead of focusing on what I do have; a loving wife and physical intimacy that includes more than just sex. If I could choose any attributes of God to power me through my weak moments, one would be forgiveness. Forgiving myself my past mistakes and living in the truth that my past doesn’t define me, that God’s grace helps me overcome my own sinful nature.

  48. Matthew Rasmussen says:

    I tied sex and love together as one thing, that sex IS Iove/relationship rather than being a gift and the outcropping of love. I no longer think that way, but the scars remain.

    I think God’s immutability is something that has come to mind. He never changes, His love for us isn’t changed because of me, and that gives me strength to move forward in confidence. That if I slip, He still loves me.

  49. bill mckay says:

    My wife has health problems, therefore there is no sex in our marriage. We have been married for 40 years, and the struggle with lust really gets me down. I pray for God’s help to overcome this problem.

  50. Chris says:

    Believing the lies of the devil. “One little look won’t hurt; it’s not that bad, everyone is looking at porn, it’s ok to look and not touch.” Lord, let me look to your words and guidance and not believe the liar.

  51. Dean Wendler says:

    Living in a sexless marriage. I am asking God to change my marriage into one that is a healthy sexual relationship with my wife. That the change in the relationship would start with me. That I would give her the LOVE that God has directed me to do and not pull back and feel sorry for myself.

  52. Chris Caliguire says:

    I think my past has made me do a 180 to the point of now realizing the WORK it will take to be in a Godly relationship versus a shallow sexual relationship. Therefore Satan attacks me when I see photos and they remind me of past girls . I’m guessing purity vs the dopamine rush is my struggle.

  53. GTT says:

    Intent
    Pride/power – wanting to be liked and desired.
    Attribute of God
    Companionship with the Holy Spirit in seeking God’s face.

  54. Jesse says:

    I confess my loneliness is what drives me to lust. I long to be wanted, to feel valued. I have had this need since I was 4. I remember struggling with master nation since I was 10. Now I am thirty and married and still struggling and watching how it hurts my wife and kids. I pray that I will actually be able to accept and feel God’s acceptance and love for me. That I may know how much He values me.

  55. Dave Benson says:

    Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

    I have received the Holy Spirit from God so I have to remember that when I look at something with lustful eyes and thoughts I’m showing God what I put above Him!

  56. Art Landerman says:

    i have a broken relationship with my biological children . i also have a good relationship
    with my step children. God help
    me to see the blessings you have bestowed on me instead of the curses i have brought upon myself thru divorce and the pursuit of lust.

  57. Vince Miller says:

    Dissatisfaction.
    God, I confess my dissatisfaction with the things of this world.
    Staying satisfied in God when I am most satisfied in the things of the world.
    Show me your satisfaction, and how you accept me as a son.

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