Prayer group

Discussion in 'Accountability Partners' started by DudeFromAfrica, Jun 4, 2015.

  1. Nanavee

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    I agree with you. It's a hard topic to bring up to my immediate church family. I'm hoping we can help each other even though we don't know each other.
     
  2. Icarium

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    I think we can.

    James 5:16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective

    This is from a passage that is often interpreted as being about sick people, but the word rendered sick is often translated as weak in Paul's epistles. I think that James is saying that we can help each other heal from our weakness.

    I see no reason that this forum can't be a vehicle for us to confess our sins to one another and pray for each other. We might balk at the end of the verse, thinking that we are not righteous so our prayers wont carry any weight. But remember, we are redeemed by the blood of Christ and have forgiveness for our sins. We are righteous in God's sight, and that is who we are praying to.

    In our individualistic culture we tend to pray for ourselves, but it may be that there is more power in our prayers for others. We may not see any dramatic sudden changes as we pray for each other, but the Bible says that prayer works and I trust the Bible.

    I have failed enough times to know that it is easier said than done, but still we must read our scriptures and pray continually in order to persevere through these tests of our faith. God's grace in our lives is largely dependent on our faith.

    I will pray for all of us this morning.
     
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  3. Ausjlo17

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    Hey all,

    Love this crew...great idea! I'm in...this is my first day on this thing..It'll be my new "Social media" for the next 90 days. Is this online thread the only place we meet or is there some sort of app? just curious..

    Thanks,
    Austin
     
  4. MidwestMan

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    @Nanavee thank you for your prayers. they helped me get through a rough day. I hope this group can help you out along your journey as well. We will pray for you and continue to offer support when it is needed. Take it one day at a time and find fulfilling things to do to utilize your time and to stop your thoughts from wandering.
     
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  5. Nanavee

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    Glad to hear it ☺. I'm happy to be a part of this group.
     
  6. MtnclimberHSG

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    I agree, So I am asking two questions from you guys. How can I pray for you? Could we list those prayer concerns on a regular basis? Also, can we talk more about what is helping us deal with PMO and our faith?

    I am back to 1 day but still committed to surrender this addiction to Christ. I like Mr Eko's promise idea. I have been making a promise to God, not to do PMO for the next three hours. I also have committed to prayer and mediation on the Bible and Christ each morning. When I feel overwhelmed I stop and pray for guidance. I also really found what Mark Queppet reboot camp does with getting to the root of our addiction. It is worth checking out.

    So thats for praying for me - I need, strength this coming week and Next week I will be on a Mission trip with my youth group. Coming back seems to be really hard for me.
     
  7. Mr Eko

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    Hi Mtnclimber,
    I'm glad you find promises helpful. Keep using them and prolong them. It's a powerful means that allows to regain control over the will weakness.
     
  8. Felps

    Felps New Fapstronaut

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    Hey guys! Im from Brazil, im just new here... not new to trying to quit to. Pray for me please, I wanto be stronger against this...
     
  9. smiley7

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    Thank you for asking, i really love this thread. I'm not doing very great still, but I am starting to feel better. Hope it gets better for you too!
     
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  10. smiley7

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    God will give you strength you want against this :) I'd be happy to pray for you
     
  11. David66

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    Wish I joined NoFap and found this group years ago. I'd like to join as well, to keep you up to date on what I need prayer for and to also pray for others here.

    My biggest tip for getting a grip on this thing is to get an accountability partner. Opening up to a good friend about a year ago was one of the hardest things I've ever done. But he received my confession with such grace, understanding, and hope. Since then I've stuggled on and off with MO, and at times P as well. Still he is the one person I can keep confessing to, relying on for prayer, discussing strategies against PMO, and being encouraged and also challenged by. Open up to some one. There is incredible power when our sin is brought into the light, because the perfection of Christ exposes its falsehood and robs it of its death.

    As for my prayer needs, the three big challenges I have are (i) dismissing sexual thoughts as soon as they pop into my mind and not entertaining them, (ii) responding wisely to strong sexual urges that feel uncontrollable at times, and (iii) abstaining from behavioural habits, especially in the morning when I wake up and the evening when I'm falling asleep in bed; these are the times that my mind and body are accustomed to MOing.

    Appreciate your prayers more than you realise, brothers and sisters.
     
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  12. Nanavee

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    @MtnclimberHSG yes I completely on board with paying for each other. Prayer is powerful to help another fapstronaut and also helps too keep me accountable because I'm thinking if I want to be effective I must be letting the spirit be in charge not the flesh so will make the extra effort like fasting. Fasting is another thing that helps. The one thing that helped me the most in getting over this in the past is retreats or long prayer sessions with a group of believers including elders who can really storm those heavenly gates on your behalf. Sometimes we need that intercession in a place where the Holy Spirit is very present and your mind body and soul is in tune with God from focusing long and deliberately enough to receive a life changing word and touch from him. I pray we all get that opportunity soon.

    Pray for me that I have more faith and stop feeling sorry for myself especially when I think about loneliness or see other people who have what I can't/don't yet have. The frustration and hopeless feelings that comes with this are a huge trigger...
     
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  13. David66

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    Thanks so much, Nanavee. I'll be praying for you and can really relate to this feeling and how it's a trigger. Remember, godliness with contentment is great gain! (1 Tim. 6)
     
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  14. Roland3115

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    This is the first time I've gone 14 days without looking at porn. I feel a lot better and more accomplished than I have in the past when I relapsed. Here's to making it a whole month! Keep me in your prayers and help me find the strength I need to face this forthrightly.
     
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  15. Mr Eko

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    Great accomplishment!
    Can you describe how your prayers and promises helped you to make 14 days?
     
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  16. Roland3115

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    I have been praying every morning for God to give me the strength to get through the day. I pray for Christ to help me overcome the part of me that is consumed by sexual addictions and anxiety. I also pray for the strength to pray and for faith.

    Every time I feel weak or tempted I reached out to god. I relapsed yesterday because I let myself take one of many small steps towards my addiction and I did not reach out as much as I should/could have.

    I did not make any promises to God but I made it a personal goal to get through the day without cheating. I realized that not only is this evil something that is a part of me, it is something that I have neglected to face and take responsibility for. God helped me see this.
     
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  17. Nanavee

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    I have been angry at God before for not taking the problem away from me even though I prayed about it constantly. I was upset as I started to believe that he doesn't really help with sin but just tells us do this and don't do that and grace meant forgiveness or that the sins were covered. But deep down I know that wasn't true. I know he wants us to be free from sin and be holy. But how? I was wondering if it's all up to me to just repent. Stop sinning out of love for God. Stop sinning because you know it's wrong. But I was fighting a losing battle this way and I hated myself and hated God for making me the way I am with competing wills inside me. But I figured, grudgingly, I need to get rid of this sin so...I came to NoFap looking for some practical advice because it says science based and what not. But I was really glad and surprised to find that God was right here helping people too.

    Since finding this group and this thread 3 days ago my hope has been renewed. I went back and read through some of the posts on here especially from @Mr Eko. So...it's prayer sometimes with fasting, praying when you're tempted and limited time promise to God that you will not PMO. I guess I still hadn't completely surrendered after all these years to receive lasting grace in this area. I stopped trusting my deliverance because I worried that I see just going to mess up again sooner or later. It's like I could feel the rebellion drowning out my faith until I didn't really believe He was going to help me again. I gave up too quickly when praying during a temptation and also made huge unreachable promises like I'll never do it again.

    Well, here goes again....I'm promising God to go through the rest of today clean. Please pray for me y'all. Have a wonderful day!
     
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  18. Mr Eko

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    Well done. Continue. Consider to use time limited promises because they're very helpful to determine our will.
     
  19. Mr Eko

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    Confessing that you hated God shows your sincerity and humility. The two are crucial in this war with PMO sin.
    God didn't make you the way you are. It's the ancient sin of our first parents which lives and works inside of us.
    Besides of this the immediate cause of your trouble is the man who molested you.
    If I believed that God only forgives and covers sins I would be still a PMO addict. He really heals and transforms the one who prays honestly with faith.
    True
    It's not a solution because our will , especially of an addict is far too weak that's why we must ask God to intervene in our lives.
    Yes, but it's not all.
    First of all trying to live according to Gospel, then contemplative reading of the Bible , being in a religious group which meets regularly.... or being in a AA group or a similar one.
    Yes, these are two big mistakes.
    Good job, you'll experience what real determination of will is. Better to die than to break a promise given to God. Do all you can to keep it. Your own prayer is crucial. I'll pray for you.

    By the way, have you forgiven the man who hurt you in your childhood?
     
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  20. Nanavee

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    Thanks @Mr Eko. I appreciate the prayers and support and your testimony.
    I think so. It was not a man but an older boy. I was very young. He was probably just entering puberty. I feel sorry for him and what he must have been going through to do that in the first place. I have never talked to him about it. It's almost like it never happened, in that regard. That's what bothers me the most. I think if I see him again in person I might not feel anything. Or I might be enraged on the inside. It was so long ago. I'm not entirely sure as he never apologized...but who wants to revisit these things. I sometimes feel like asking him about it (he added me on FB a couple years ago) but I think it might be uncomfortable. He was just a child himself.
     
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