Several years ago, I did the Experiencing God Bible Study written by Henry Blackaby and Claude King. The study changed my life. I fell in love with Jesus and developed a love for God’s Word. I also facilitated the study several times in a desire to help others realize that God wanted to have a personal relationship with all of us.
Years later I was privileged to attend a conference at The Cove. Henry Blackaby was the speaker and prayed with me for our son who was addicted to drugs. At the time, we did not know where he was. Henry prayed “Lord, help this mother to never give up.” As the years of struggle continued, that prayer rang in my ears and gave me strength and hope.
“I will seek that which was lost, and bring back that which has strayed, and I will bandage the hurt and the crippled, and will strengthen the weak and the sick.”
While in Turkey on a mission trip, I was given the devo-tional “Experiencing God Day-by-Day” by Henry and Richard Blackaby, I have read it with renewed anticipation each year. So when the text came that asked; “Did you know Henry Blackaby is missing?” I was crushed. At that time he had been missing over 24 hours. I began to pray for he and his family, pushing away thoughts of anyone harming him. Our son came in and asked me what was wrong as tears streamed down my cheeks. I explained that Henry Blackaby was a dear friend who had prayed many years before that The Lord would help me to never give up on him to come home. My son responded, “Then don’t give up on him.” Later in the evening, I checked his website and discovered that after 29 hours he had been found. Praise the Lord our prayers had been answered. I called our son to tell him and his first words were, “I was praying for him.” It hit me that Henry had prayed for our lost son. Now, years later, our son had prayed for Henry who was lost. God had brought it all full circle.
I hope this experience gives you hope in your own situation. I urge each of you to never give up on your loved one. You call to HIM and HE will call to them. These two had been lost as far as we could see but God always knows where the lost sheep are.