Prayers for Double-mindedness and Backsliding

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Doublemindedness is something that people in addictions struggle with almost constantly.  We need God's help in obtaining healing from this basic human condition created by obsession with sin.  This page offers sample prayers that address healing of doublemindedness and backsliding. 

Unifying the divided heart & mind: 

"Father God, I draw near to you now, confessing that I have been distracted and corrupted in my attempts to set my mind completely on you.  I see that doublemindedness as sin, and I repent of it.   Lord, please draw near to me now and help me purify those areas of my heart that lead me away from You.  Father, please create in me a pure heart that will not sin against You.   Please renew a steadfast spirit within me that will be faithful to You.  Thank you, Father.  I now receive Your strength to walk according to Your righteousness.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen." (Based on James 4:8 and Psalm 51:10)

ôLord of heaven and earth, you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.  All thanks and praise be to your name, O God, Amen."   (Based on Psalm 86:10-13 NIV)

Psalm 51 makes a wonderful prayer for this purpose

This prayer is based on Colossians 1:9-14.  It invites God to fill us with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.  His truth will shed light on the areas our minds that are rebelling against Him.  With His help, we are enabled to live for Him and please Him in everything we do in life.   The prayer is best prayed in conjunction a with morning quiet time:

"Father God, I surrender myself to your will today. I ask forgiveness for any sin I have committed and plead the Blood of Jesus Christ over my sin. Father, I ask that you will fill me with the knowledge of Your will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding today. Please quicken my mind to Your Word today as I read it, and reveal the truth that will set me free. I pray that You will empower me to bear fruit in every good work I do, grow in the knowledge of You and be strengthened with all power according to Your glorious might. Father, I pray for great endurance and patience in walking with You. I joyfully give thanks to You for qualifying me through Jesus to share in the inheritance of Your kingdom. I could never have earned it, and you gave it to me as a gift through Jesus. Thank You so very much! In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."

Prayer for committing to serve God wholeheartedly: 

"My body is a temple for the Holy Spirit, redeemed, cleansed, and sanctified by the Blood of Jesus.  My members, the parts of my body, are instruments of righteousness, yielded to God for His service and for His glory.   The devil has no place in me, no power over me, no unsettled claims against me.   All has been settled by the Blood of Jesus.  I overcome Satan by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of my testimony, and I love not my life unto the death.  My body is for the Lord and the Lord is for my body.  Amen" (from Derek Prince Ministries Intl.)

Backslider's Prayer:  This prayer is designed to ask for God's help in restoring responsiveness to the heart.  God is pleased when we respond to His truth and move forward in true repentance.  Backsliding results from incomplete repentance.  God will help us move to true repentance:

"Lord Jesus, I confess that my heart is not responsive as it needs to be to follow You.  I am tired of backsliding into sin.   Lord, please cleanse me from my sin of thought and deed. Please allow Your cleansing blood to flow through my hardened, crusty heart.  Please give me new life in my heart and revive it according to Your righteousness. Please restore my sensitivity to sin and help me to see sin as You see it.  Jesus, please give me the strength and commitment to move forward confidently and walk with You in obedience.  I offer my entire being, body, soul and spirit, to do Your will from this point on.  Thank you for helping me.  I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen."

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