Isaiah 41:13

I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.”

Mark 1:30–31

Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her.

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Several years ago I was quite ill. I’m not certain whether it was the flu or some other ailment, but I am certain that I felt terrible. I had a high fever. My body ached. My head hurt. I was miserable. I asked Diane to pray for me, and she got two of our sons who were home at that time and she prayed. Not too long afterward the fever broke, and I began to feel much better. I didn’t get up and serve Diane and our sons (cf . But I do know that I was deeply thankful for that prayer and God’s immediate answer.

I know, also, that there have been times when I have called on God, asking sincerely and urgently for help and relief from any number of problems, and have not seen the immediate relief from God’s hand. The answers from God don’t always come in short order. But God is, nevertheless, at work in our lives. And whether in immediate response or long-term answers to our deepest needs, God is faithful and good, the One who promises to help us.

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