"It was a desire for good for both of us"

Can prayer address the issue of sensuality? Anyone who accepts that God is all-powerful must conclude that no part of human existence is beyond His control. Here is how one young woman who was faced with enslaving behavior found that the practice of her faith could bring genuine healing.

What led you to begin praying about your relationships? When I was a sophomore in high school, I became involved with a guy, and it ended up in a sexual relationship. Then the same thing happened at the end of high school, then in college. It just seemed that was the way it always happened.

I felt like I was out in the sea just drifting around. I didn't have control of my life and didn't really know who I was. I wanted to feel goodness and safety—I didn't feel safe. In each of these sensual relationships, I guess you could say I was "swept off my feet." It didn't feel natural. But I had a real love for Christian Science, and a desire to pray about sensualism. Even though I was engaged to be married to my college boyfriend, I did not feel right. It was usually not easy to pray either, because I was very attracted to him. It was a pull that only someone who's been through it can describe.

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God-given dominion overcomes emotionalism
October 18, 1993

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