|Steve at 4 years old in 1976|
The Lord answered those prayers. He allowed my brother to go down that long, long, destructive road.
And at last . . . he crashed.
He’d already lost two marriages, a home, and the opportunity to be a full-time dad to his two girls. But it wasn’t until he lost the love and respect of his youngest daughter that he finally woke up to what he was doing. It was when his fifteen-year-old Kristen wouldn’t return his phone calls or agree to see him that Steve finally realized he needed help.
That was only the start of the long road back to health. Even then, Steve kept returning to his addiction that held on to him like manacles around his wrists and ankles. But through prayer we began to see the release of my brother from this strangling hold.
We so often think of prayer as the last resort. But I’ve come to realize that prayer is not just that thing that helps us get things done—as if that were the inspiration behind our abilities and powers of persuasion.
Prayer is the work.
In the Book of Mark we read that the Lord’s disciples were trying to release a young man from demon possession. This young man was so much like my brother, throwing himself into the fire.
Jesus had already given his disciples the authority and the training to cast out evil spirits such as afflicted this young man. But nothing they did worked. It didn’t even seem to matter how much faith they had. Jesus Himself was able to cast out the demon and set this young man free.
The passage concludes with Jesus’ words, “This kind can only come out through prayer.”
Prayer isn't the last resort according to Jesus. Prayer is the greatest work.
It is prayer and prayer alone that will cast the alcoholism from my brother. With God all things are possible.
|Steve at 10 years old with my little girl, Lana, in 1982|
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