I have often had people ask me, “is it wrong to ask God for ___?” I sometimes ask myself the same question. These verses tell us the answer. God came to Earth to be a man in the form of Jesus. Jesus had temptations everyday, for everything that we have been tempted in. He was tempted to lust, or to envy, or to lie. He was tempted to let His circumstances defeat Him. He was tempted by Satan himself in the desert (Matt. 4). There is not a single temptation that we face that Jesus hasn’t also been tempted in. The difference is that He chose to not sin and not give in to that temptation. What most people gloss over is that Jesus also had free will, being fully God and fully man. He always had a choice. But He relied on the strength of His father, just as God calls us to do.
Now, to clarify, this doesn’t meant that we can only ask God for help when we are tempted. It simply means that Jesus understands the things we go through better than anyone else. Jesus literally walked through them before us so that when we go through it, He can walk with us. That can be something as big as healing a relative or saving the soul of a friend, or something as small as finding your keys. Our bodies are the temple of God (1 Cor. 6:19-20). He is always in us. He is always with us.
Imagine if you were always with a baby sibling, and one day you saw them struggling to pick up something. It would be so easy for you to pick that thing up, but for their little hands, it is hard. You want to help, to pick that thing up for them, but you can only help if they ask. That is how God feels. He wants our “little” things. He wants our “big” things. Because to Him, all things matter. He knows our hearts and wants us to seek Him. He wants us to approach Him with confidence, knowing that He has our best at heart. Always.
What things have you not asked God for because you thought they didn’t matter? Ask Him today, knowing how deeply He loves you.
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