Oftentimes the problems, pains and sins we encounter are chronic; they seem to stick around forever. Perhaps it’s a health concern, a broken relationship, unemployment or an addiction. These problems can be lingering, enduring, prolonged, protracted and persistent.
Have you been asking the Lord to intervene in a chronic problem for so long that you are close to giving up? Do you ever feel like you’re praying for a lost cause, and sometimes say to yourself, under your breath, “why should I bother praying”?
If you’re facing these chronic problems now, then take heart. You will find encouragement in the story that Mark relates in his biography of Jesus as Jesus encounters a father who has a demon-possessed son. Imagine the pain these circumstances have inflicted on the child and his family. Tally-up the loss and grief they feel in seeing their hopes and dreams for their son dashed by the power of evil.