Keller: Prayer best recourse for toughest problems

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, March 8, 2017

I received a call from a mother of a young man who, evidently, has a drug problem. She shared that she is divorced and her son, who is in college, lives with his father who allows him to continue his destructive lifestyle.

“I’m a wreck,” she said. “I don’t know what to do!”

With compassion, I said, “The bottom line is that you can’t do anything unless he wants help.”

I suggested that I would be willing to moderate a family intervention if she could arrange a meeting with her, her ex-husband and her son. Evidently, her ex-husband didn’t like the idea.

We spoke a few days later and she again repeated that she didn’t know what to do. I said the only thing she can do, if she believes in God, is to ask Him to intervene for her.

We then prayed for God to give her a peace that only He can give in what seems like a hopeless situation.

I hadn’t heard from her in over a week and decided Friday to call and see how she is doing.

“I’m doing better,” she said, and added, “I’ve never read the Bible, but I started a few days ago.”

“Where did you start?” I asked.

“I began in Genesis.”

I told her when I first read the Bible, at age 45, a Christian friend told me to start in John, which is in the New Testament.

We spoke for a while about the situation with her son. I told her when people don’t know what to do, they need to turn to God, because He has the answer to every problem.

Whenever I receive a call about a son with a problem, 90 percent of the time it’s the mother who makes the call.

Men usually have too much pride to humble themselves and ask for help.

We prayed for her ex-husband, her son and herself and, again, prayed for God to give her a peace that only comes from the Prince of Peace.

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