When You Pray, Give God Your Fears and Temptations
By Rick Warren
— June 28, 2009
“And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13 NLT).
I have two questions for you today:
1. In what area do you need self-control? What is out of control in your life?
2. What scares you the most? The fear of failure? The fear of bad health? The fear of a divorce? The fear of rejection? The fear of the future?
Jesus says these things are prayer material: the things you ought to be talking to the Lord about. The areas where you’re most tempted, you ought to be praying about. The areas that scare you to death, you ought to be praying about.
Jesus understands our fears and temptations; our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are but did not sin (Hebrews 4:15 TEV).
The Bible says Jesus came to Earth, He walked around for thirty-three years, and He experienced every temptation known to man, the same ones we experience. It is not a sin to be tempted; the sin is to give in to temptation.
The Bible says Jesus experienced the greatest temptations ever, yet He didn’t give in. But that also means when you pray, “God, I’m struggling in this area. I’m just not making it here. I keep stumbling. I keep falling,” that God understands because Jesus has been there. He knows what it’s like. He knows what it’s like to want to be depressed, to want to be angry, and to want to lash back. He knows what it’s like to be misunderstood and to be lonely.
Because Jesus “understands every weakness of ours” (Hebrews 4:15 CEV) the Bible says we can have “confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it” (Hebrews 4:16 TEV).