Let No One Go Unwarned and Unprayed For

by Trillia Newbell

The reports are out and evidently men (most or all?) struggle with the temptation to peruse pornography.  In a recent article by Brad Williams we get a sense that the problem isn’t just with temptation, but with actual peeking. In his article titled,  “Men Like to Look At Naked Girls On The Internet. Here’s Why They Should Stop That”, he reports on a Huffington Post piece which notes that all men view pornography.

Really? All men?

My natural response was to walk towards my husband and ask him if he struggled with watching anything inappropriate. He said no. I took him at his word.

The Gospel Coalition recently linked another article, Porn and the contemplative life, in which the author argues that looking at porn as an escape or because of boredom is harmful for contemplating and specifically praying. The good news in the article is he quotes an atheist who claims that, “Only religions still take sex very seriously.”

Perhaps that is the reason for all of the reports. We, Christians, take sex seriously. We want to take the sacred act of sex between a married man and woman back from the world. I do realize that what is being shared shines a dark light into the world of sexual immorality. None of it looks attractive. I have no desire to partake by these reports.

But my next question is, what are we (women) to do with all of these reports? I’ve been thinking about this for about a month and have decided to take action. I can’t stand back and watch this without doing something. There is obviously a need for intervention if any of these reports are true and if we want to see marriages thriving for the glory of God.

So I have been knee deep in prayer and crying out to the Lord for men and women. I’ve prayed for my brothers, I’ve prayed for my husband. I’ve prayed that my son would be protected. I am praying that my sisters in-Christ wouldn’t fall into temptation through other forms of media. I’m interceding because there is nothing else I know to do. There’s nothing else I can do.

But God has the power to change hearts and to redeem the activities and habits of men and women. God has the power to change people, and prayer is no little thing!

Through prayers the Lord answers, delivers, and stills the storming seas.

“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven” (Psalm 107:28-30)

God loves to answer prayers prayed in faith and according to His will.

“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith,” (Matthew 21:22)

Charles Spurgeon is noted to have once said:

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”

Yes! I feel this way about the topic of pornography. If those who struggle with this temptation are to be lead to the death that occurs when viewing it (death of marriage, death of spiritual growth, and possibly death of faith) then I want to let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for!

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