Don’t Give Up!

Isaiah 57:18: “I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and to his mourners.”

When I talked with a woman at a retreat and prayed with her, she admitted feelings of sadness and desperation about her marriage and her family.

I encouraged her to pray daily, to memorize Isaiah 57:18 and pray it aloud to God several times a day.

Memories of the past surfaced. I told her and the other women how I had prayed this verse hundreds of times after my son turned away from the Lord. I also told them how I wrote this verse on sticky notes and posted them on the bathroom mirror, the kitchen cupboard, my desk, and the dashboard of my car.

My son returned to the Lord and called me tell me. This good news encouraged that woman at the retreat to continue to pray for her husband and family. It also encouraged the others at the retreat to pray for their needs.

The woman signed up for my weekly devotion in motion and has kept in touch with me via email, as some of the others have.

After some time, she joyfully told me how God had transformed her marriage. Yes, there is power in the Word of God.

Then that woman bubbled over with excitement as she told me about the miracles in the lives of her children. We were both ecstatic.

God knows our circumstances. He promises to heal and restore. In his time and in his way, God will answer our prayers and comfort us, the mourners.

 Dear God, help me pray Isaiah 57:18 for me and my family. Amen.

 Application: Where will you post this verse in your home this week and how often will you pray it for you and your family?

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