“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
When you are tempted, take the opportunity to pray for somebody else who may be undergoing a similar temptation. This is a bit of wisdom that I picked up from Bill Thrasher in A Journey to Victorious Praying. Thrasher suggests that we ask God to give us a “prayer burden” when we’re tempted. This is a deep concern to intercede for another person. For whom? Ask God for a name, if nobody immediately comes to mind.
Thrasher points out that by using a temptation to do wrong as a motivation to do right – to pray – we turn the tables on our enemy, which often results in his leaving us alone. I’ve tried this and it works. When I’m struggling, for example, with wandering eyes (the kind that latch on to any possible object of lust), I have found relief in praying for a particular friend (it’s hard to choose just one) whom I know is also facing this temptation. What’s that line from William Cowper’s poem? “And Satan trembles, when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees.” That’s what happens when we begin to treat temptation as a prompting to pray.
Father, forgive me for failing to pray for those who struggle with the same temptations I deal with from day to day. Give me fresh resolve to use my struggles as a reminder to pray for others. Let these acts of care help me to stand firm against the attacks of the enemy.
Adapted from Prayer Coach by James L. Nicodem.
Praise God, for he is long-suffering. Thank God for his willingness to suffer for you. Confess those times when you failed to do so, for those times when you lacked patience with God’s process. Commit yourself to being willing to suffer for his sake. Ask him for the ability to be long-suffering.
Ask for a patient, long-suffering attitude with family members or friends who may be especially irritating to you.
“Praising God is the secret of having increased blessings in your life.” —Don Gossett
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend