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Praying for the Right Words

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.—Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

It was my day to volunteer for the monthly church service at the county nursing home. I played hymns on the piano, listened to a short sermon and then walked among the wheelchairs asking the residents for prayer requests.

I leaned over the arm of the wheelchair to speak with Sally, a younger resident, only in her forties. She had been stricken with multiple sclerosis years earlier, and her fiancé, upon hearing the diagnosis, had abandoned her. “How can I pray for you?” I asked.

“I want to walk again,” Sally said. I felt doubt rising within me. How could I pray for Sally to walk when she had been crippled for years and her chances of ever walking again were virtually nil?

Inwardly, I asked God for the right words as I placed my arm around Sally’s shoulders. “Lord, please encourage Sally. Give her patience and confidence that one day she will walk, if not on this earth, then surely in heaven.” I hugged Sally and although she could not return my hug, she smiled and nodded.

Lord, give us hope and help us to know that your promises one day will come true.

Adapted from
Strength & Grace Magazine

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