I recently was reading the stories of many people who were coping with their illnesses. Are you going through one of those times when it seems every attempt to resolve a problem is met with a new problem? You find yourself thanking the Lord at night that the problem has been taken care of but awake the next morning to find that something else has gone wrong and the problem remains.

During an experience like that, I was reading the gospel of Luke and was astounded by the opening words of Chapter 18. "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up".

Prayer is not a means of coercing God to do what we want. It is a process of recognizing His power and plan for our lives. In prayer we yield our lives and circumstances to the Lord and trust Him to act in His time and in His way.

As each of us rely on God's grace not only for the outcome of our requests but for the process as well, we can keep coming to the Lord in prayer, trusting His wisdom and care for us.