Jesus warned His disciples about all that He was to go through, because He knew it would be difficult for them too. He said, “Pray that you won’t be tempted” (see Matthew ; 26:41). He didn’t say, “Wait to pray until you have been tempted, or until you have given in to temptation, or until you are up to your neck in sin and perversion!” Jesus teaches us to be proactive, which Webster defines as “acting in anticipation of future problems, needs, or changes.”
Many Israelites had already died from snake bites before the rest of them finally said; “Pray for us, Moses, for we have sinned” (see Numbers 21:4-9). They should have recognized their need for God’s help much sooner than they did! Don’t wait until you are in trouble to see God. Ask Him to keep you from being tempted to sin today.