Face it, you wake up every morning full of good intentions and detailed plans for the day. But your mind or body betrays or something unexpected happens that causes you to reach for a candy bar, a vice or the time-suck of a phone. You hear a whisper from the recesses of your mind- you deserve it. Soon you’re breaking one strand of self-control after another until you’re beating yourself up. A prayer for self-control might be just what you need to breakthrough the cycle and experience peace and the abundant life.

Praying for self-control can be a source of strength and empowerment as you learn to resist temptations that don’t serve your bigger purpose in life.

Prayer for Self-Control Woman in a forest chained to her phone

Prayer For Self-Control Removing a Bad Habit

I’m sorry, Lord. I want to make a change. I don’t want to live like this anymore. Help me to rid of ___________ from my life so that I may fully immerse myself in Jesus Christ and not gratify the desires of my flesh (Ro.13:14). Thank you for providing an escape route when I find myself tempted to go back to my old ways. Father, thank you for always loving me with unconditional love and guidance that leads me to be the person I want to be. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Remember, nothing separates you from the Father’s love. But when I’m feeling guilty about yelling at my kids or scrolling on my phone. I end up avoiding God just like when Adam and Eve hid from God. God knew they sinned, but God loved them by showing up in the garden and providing for them. When we make mistakes, God wants to spend time and help you too.

Ideas on how to develop self-control over bad habits

  • Spend time in the Proverbs, the book of Wisdom
  • Find Scriptures to memorize to help overcome
  • Develop New Routines
  • Find A Church
  • Imagine a stop sign when tempting thoughts come to mind
  • Ask for help from others, a psychologist or life coach
  • Pray scripture over yourself and ask others to cover you in prayer

“I can do all things because Christ gives me the strength.” Phil. 4:13 NLT

Prayer for self control muscle man holding bible with I can do all things because Christ gives me strength

Short Prayer For Self-Control, Adding a Good Habit

Lord, thank you for me for the desire and ability to add ____________ to my life. Thank you for giving me the strength, endurance, and patience to follow through on this goal. Show me the next step of the way to help me achieve this new goal. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Whenever I’m adding a positive habit into my life, I have discovered that asking the Lord for the next step seems to open doors. Many times I was led to a piece of new information, the perfect class or the right person. It’s amazing what the prayer for self-control can do!

lighthouse prayer for self control Proverbs 3:6

“Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:6

Ideas for Adding Good Habits In Your Life

  • Every Day do one small step toward your Goal
  • Finish what you start
  • Write your vision down
  • Pray For God’s help to succeed
  • Be careful who you tell your vision to
  • Plan out your day to make room for this new habit

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 1Chron. 15:7

Free Printable Prayer Calendar on Self-Control

This free prayer printable will help you prayer for self-control 31 days. Bible Verses on prayer for Self Control. Instant PDF download.

Free Printable Prayer Calendar for prayer for  Self Control

Prayer for self-control while eating:

Dear Lord, in Jesus’ name, I pray for control over what I eat and drink today. Father, help me not be tempted to overeat or engage in mindless eating. Fill me up with Your word, help me hunger and thirst for You rather than food. Amen.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6

Water and Bible verse Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled

I have this saying displayed in my kitchen every year, if you would like to feast on Jesus and fast on sugar try the 40 day sugar fast, I’ve done it several times and help me grow spiritually.

Anger and Self-Control In the Bible

Consider how things turned out for Moses if you are having trouble controlling your temper. In anger, he killed an Egyptian, broke the ten commandments, and disobeyed God by striking the rock.

Moses couldn’t enter the promised land because of his temper. What Could anger be keeping you from?

The good news is if you have bursts of anger, remember there is no commendation for those who are in Christ. I had an issue with yelling at my kids, but through God’s help, I infused my home with peace.

Of course, God loves you when you’re angry or not. But anger can keep you from walking in the promises. So let’s pray!

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Eph 4:31-32.

Prayer for self-control with anger

Lord, in Jesus’ name, I’m sorry for losing my patience and being angry with others and even myself. Thank You Father for your unconditional love. Help me love those around me by remaining calm, patient, and kind. Change me, Lord. Amen.

Battle for Self-Control, Joseph Verses Samson

Samson had no self-control. It seems the only time he prayed to God was when he was in trouble. Joseph was a praying man seeking God’s will for his life. Samson allowed his flesh to control him, whereas Joseph was disciplined since he followed the spirit.

Joseph controlled his emotions, forgave those who hurt him and became second in command in Egypt. On the other hand, Samson died got even with his enemies and allowed his emotions to rule his his life and died blind in the mist of his enemies.

“Here’s my instruction: walk in the Spirit and let the Spirit bring order to your life. If you do, you will never give in to your selfish and sinful cravings.” Gal. 5:16 The Voice.

Discipline is doing what needs to be down even when you don't want to do it." Zig Zigar
“Discipline is doing what needs to be down even when you don’t want to do it.” Zig Zigar

Prayer for Self-Control With Emotions

Lord, in Jesus’ name, I want to walk by the Spirit and not by the flesh. Help me to be in control of my emotions and so I can be stable in all my way. Thank You, Lord, for providing me with peace. Amen.

Final Thoughts

Praying for self-control can help us develop self-control. Now is your chance to put this idea into practice with the free 31-day Prayer for Self-Control Calendar! This calendar will lead you through a month of prayers that are specifically designed for developing willpower and perseverance, which will help you get the peace you are looking for when you walk in self-control.

Prayer for Self-Control

Lord, thank you for providing a way of escape when temptations come. Holy Spirit, we want to walk in the fruit of self-control so we can have victory in all areas of our life. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

Susan Davis