Prayers for Healing Memories 

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Memories of sex sin can be hard to remove from our minds.   It can be especially difficult if we cherished the sin that we committed.  If we want to gain complete victory, we will have to stop lusting over the memories of past.  The main reason for this is that cherishing memories of sin can block our prayers, healing and deliverance (Psalm 66:18).  With the Holy Spirit's help, we can put the old memories to death, shut off the porn input and focus our minds on God (Romans 8:11,13).  

The first step toward healing is to ask God to remove our pleasure from the sin memories and to help us want to surrender them.  We also want to ask God to help us to see our sin the way he does.  Next, we need to confess and renounce the sin in the memories.  Finally, we must start training our minds to think pure thoughts.  (see our page Control Thoughts

Sample Prayers:

"Dear Lord, I pray that you will not remember the sins of my youth.  Please think of me according to Your mercy and for Your goodness' sake, O LORD.  Lord I turn from all of those sins that I committed.  Please wash my memory of my sin and help me remove the sin from my mind completely.  Help me not to return to those memories for lust any longer.    Please restore me to faithfully obey Your Word.  Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit anew, so that I may keep Your commands all the days of my life."    (Based on Psalm 25:7)

"Lord God, how can I understand my errors?  Cleanse me from secret faults and my cherished sins.   Keep me back from blatant habitual sin.  Lord, do not let sin rule over me.  Cleanse me, forgive me and heal me.  Then I will be blameless and innocent from my many sins. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you.  Lord, you are my strength and my redeemer.  I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." (based on Psalm 19:12-14 NKJV)

"Father God, please forgive me for cherishing sinful images in my mind.  Lord, I commit my  thoughts to You.  I surrender the burden of holiness to You, and ask that You will strengthen me now to direct my thoughts in righteousness.  Father, help me to not dwell on any image or memory that will cause me to sin.  Please wash my mind with the blood of Jesus Christ.  Please remove every depiction of sin from my memory and teach me how to walk in obedience and faithfulness to You.  Please give me the strength and endurance to walk to victory, no matter how long it takes.    I invite Your Holy Spirit to fill me afresh now and restart the renewal process of my body, mind and spirit in Jesus Christ.  Thank You, Father and may I glorify You in everything that I do from this point forward.  In Jesus name, Amen." 

A good scripture passage addressing memory healing and thought training is Philippians 3:7– 4:9.

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