“Everyone Who Looks…with Lust”
To pray that we will not look on another person with lust in our hearts is actually to pray for several things at once.
So let us pray.
God, help us to see people as people and not as objects to be used for our own gratification.
God, help us to seek relationships with people that are meaningful and enduring rather than shallow and selfish.
God, help us to develop hearts that want to care about and to cultivate healthy relationships with other people.
God, help us to be empowered by your love and grace to give our lives to developing the very real relationships that we have rather than to expend our mental and emotional energy in distracting fantasies.
God, help us to celebrate the good gift of our sexuality through its healthy expression in a relationship that is based in a life-long commitment to you and to each other.
God, help us to be sound and mature adults in the ways that we think about and behave toward other people and in the ways that we think about and behave toward ourselves.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28)