I know a man who has had a hard life. He and his immediate family members have experienced bipolar disorder, two nasty divorces, long periods of being out of work, chronic physical illness, and a car accident that killed the driver. Because of these chronic conditions and misfortunes, this poor man’s life has often been on the edge. Sometimes he manages—just barely—and sometimes he falls apart.
A while back I was talking to a good Christian woman about this man. She and I have both known him for a long time. In the course of our conversation, she told me she had been praying for him for about 20 years. She said, “For these last 20 years I haven’t seen much change in him. His life is still just as hard as it was 20 years ago. Nothing seems to get better, and sometimes I lose heart. I’m tempted to stop praying for him because it doesn’t seem to do any good.”
- Luke 18:1 - 8