With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the
Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance
and petition for all the saints.-
sadness in her voice she opened up about her 23-year-old son and his
girlfriend problems. He had been in a rotten relationship with a
young lady for years. There was no doubt, after listening to his
mother, that they were toxic for each other. Despite the pain, her
son could not let her go—even though they hurt each other often.
Everyone saw the relationship was doomed to failure. He would call
his mother and pour out his broken heart to her and ask for her
advice. Sadly, nothing ever changed. His girlfriend was like having a
bad cold that would never go away. She even followed him out to
California from Atlanta. My friend was at the end of her rope. She
wanted to give up on her son.
encouraged her with the truth above from Ephesians and this truth from
Hebrews: “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence
so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end” (6:11). I
admonished her not to quit with this promise, “And looking at them
Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all
things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
do you know who hasn’t changed and shows no signs of repentance, much
less understands that he or she has a problem? Who are you tempted to
quit praying for? What you are feeling is normal, but don’t quit
trusting God to change them, ever! It seems like a paradox. They may
never change, but we must never stop believing they can. Instead,
“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if
we do not grow weary” (Galatians 6:9).