College Prayer Guide 22: {Purity}

“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:9-11 NIV)

When we think of “purity,” often our minds go automatically to sexual purity.  While that is an important aspect of purity and something to pray about for your child; purity runs even deeper.  It’s purity of the mind and the heart as well as the body.  Sometimes we get a distorted picture of purity as something we can “loose” but the truth is, in our sinful state, purity is something we never had; at least not until Jesus came to restore it.  A better way to think of this issue is like this Psalm says, “a path of purity”.  Throughout our lives we’ll wander off this path from time to time, but God is always ready and willing to lead us back.  Pray through the passage above for the college students you know.  Ask God to help them live according to His word and hide his Word in their hearts to help them in times where it’s tempting to wander away from a life of purity.  Pray for protection against Satan who desires to steal, kill, and destroy their purity.  Ask God to make His grace and forgiveness clear in the moments when students may wander off His path for them.

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