A man found himself in terrible financial difficulties. He is so desperate that for the first time in his life he gets down on his knees and prays to God for help. "Dear God, I desperately need your help. I have no money to spend on Christmas presents for my family. Could you possibly arrange it so that I win the Lottery?"
The lottery draw is held, but he wins nothing.
He sends another prayer to God. "My business has gone bust and if I don't get some money soon I'll lose my car and my Christmas will be will be very difficult. Please fix things so I win the lottery."
Lottery night comes, but he's unlucky. So he prays to God again. "Please God, I've lost my car and now they're trying to take my house. Please help me to win the Lottery or our Christmas will be ruined."
Come lottery night, he again fails to win anything.
Undeterred, be prays to God again. "I am now a bankrupt, my house has been repossessed by the finance company and so has my car. We are now living on the street, but all I need to get my life back together and perhaps enjoy some kind of Christmas is to win the lottery."
Suddenly there's a flash of brilliant light as the heavens open and the man is confronted by the very voice of God himself. "Hey, do me a favor. Will you at least buy a ticket.'
Live Long and Prosper....