Invincible. Indestructible. Insane. My son lives on the edge of danger. He calls it “living in the extreme.” I call it foolish and reckless. My son’s life dangles by a thin thread from the perilous exploits. As far as he is concerned, life is worthwhile only on a dare.
Daredevil. Determined. Depressed. His grim face searches for the next thrill. It frightens me because of what I see behind the resolved eyes. Eyes shadowed by an unspoken unhappiness. A deep darkness appears to seek a suicidal end. He adds more danger to each extreme thrill—drugs and drag racing, whiskey and white water rapids, pot and parachuting, and methamphetamine and mountain climbing. My son reeks of substance abuse and unhappiness.
Unhappy. Unstable. Unfulfilled. For years, my son’s inner turmoil has prodded him to search for an escape. Adventures into sex, alcohol, and drugs leave him lacking a life of satisfaction. Extreme sports lure him with the potential to leave it all behind with an exhilarating end and no excuses.
Excuses. Excess. Exhaustion. I sense his frantic thoughts as he hunts the next reckless feat. Yet all my son needs to experience is the indescribable, immortal, and ineffable Lord God. Only in Christ will my son find fulfillment, contentment, and meaning to erratic life.
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.—2 Corinthians 1:10-11
Dear Lord, deliver my child from these deadly perils. On You we have set our hope that You will continue to deliver them, as You help us, including by Your prayers. Then many will give thanks on behalf of my child for the gracious favor granted in answer to my prayers. In Jesus’s name. Amen.
Divine Prayers for Despairing Parents