A man walks into a church one day and kneels down to pray. "Lord," he says, "I’ve made mistakes, but I’m determined to change. If you let me win the lottery, I promise to be a good servant and never bother you again."
Nothing happens. So the next week the man tries again. "Please, God, let me win the lottery, and I’ll come to church every week."
Again nothing happens. So the man decides to try one last time. "Lord," he implores, "why haven’t I won the lottery? Have you abandoned me?"
Suddenly a deep voice booms down from above. "My son, I have not abandoned you, but at least meet me halfway—buy a ticket!"