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A Prayer for Chastity

August 08, 2010 Length: 1:01

An Orthodox evening prayer for living chastely.

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It’s difficult to be chaste when so many things around us are permeated with sex and temptation. Christ warns us that it’s sinful to even look lustfully at someone (Matthew 5:27-28), and yet the world around us works overtime to provoke such a response.

For those who struggle with such desires, you might benefit from this Orthodox evening prayer, “O Lord our God…Grant us to live chastely in deed and word, that we may obtain a virtuous life, and not fall away from thy promised blessings; for blessed art Thou forever.”

This prayer may not simply turn off sexual temptation like flipping a light switch (although it might), but true prayer will open you to God’s grace.

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"May our gracious God bless your earnest loving efforts in sharing with us all the great spiritual beauty of our holy Orthodox faith. May the grace of the Holy Spirit continue to guide you!"

Archimandrite Nektarios


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