I think of the example of me liking Dr. Pepper. I knew that I could give it up whenever I wanted to, but I didn't WANT to! I knew if I prayed to God for help in not wanting it, He would help me, but I didn't WANT HIM to help! (Sad, yes, I know.) But after the first of the year, when the kids went back to school, I did pray about it, and I easily stopped, except for allowing myself one on the weekend. I didn't crave them. I didn't have headaches from giving them up. I didn't miss them, for the most part. Every once in a while, I missed having one, if I had eaten something really salty, but it wasn't enough to make me want to get one. I actually gave up flour and sugar all together, except for one meal on the weekend, so it was more than just about Dr. Peppers, but that was the main thing.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
God will help us when we ask for help, but many times we're stubborn, like I was, and don't want his help. We want to hold on to whatever is keeping us down. We want to hold on to whatever is setting us back. We don't want the freedom that He gives. Why is that? Because sometimes our sin is enjoyable, and we don't want to let it go, even when we know we need to! It's as simple as that!
The Holy Spirit will help us, but only when we allow it to. When we realize and recognize sin, or addictions/habits, in our lives, we must give it up. Anything that has a hold on us is wrong. Anything we are putting in place of God is wrong. We may not realize it is for a while, but it is. And once we realize it, we must allow the Spirit to help us rid our lives of it, or at least make it less of a habit/addiction.
Ask. Seek. Knock. It's that simple!