It started with a trip to a walk-in clinic. Then there was the phone call,"You need to come to the hospital right now.” Then came more tests and an uncomfortable conversation with a nurse who had the tough job of saying the words, “We think you have leukemia.”

Mike is a creative guy; he’s into music and photography. Years ago when he first tried marijuana he felt it opened his mind and made him more creative. He liked the way it felt. When a friend offered him a painkiller, he took it; that’s when life started to get really messy.

That drug wa highly addictive. It was also very expensive. Mike turned to fraud to get his fix. Months later the police caught up with him and took his money and his pills, That’s when Mike started looking for help elsewhere.

God, if you’re out there, I need some help.

Mike found God during a year-long stint with Teen Challenge. Now he’s figuring out what faith looks like when the doctors are measuring your life expectancy in months.

Where are you in your walk with God today?

Would you feel comfortable talking with God about what you’ve been doing lately? God never meant us to live the Christian life on our own. He gave us the Holy Spirit—who alone can enable us to live as God wants. You can invite the Holy Spirit to work in your life today by expressing your faith with a prayer like this one:

Dear Father, I need you. I acknowledge that I have sinned against you by directing my own life. I thank you for forgiving all my sin because of Christ’s death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take his place on the throne of my life, and submit myself fully to accomplishing his will in his strength. Fill me with your Holy Spirit according to your command and promise. Thank you for filling me with the Holy Spirit and for directing me and empowering me to obey.

updated September 2019