Marathon Family Prayer Guide {Week 2}

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August 12th - 18th


Isaiah 55:7-11

“Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”





How quickly do you discount something if it’s difficult to understand or comprehend? Are there moments when a lack of understanding sometimes keeps you from experiencing something good? But it’s not just a lack of understanding that keeps us from accepting and experiencing good things. Sometimes it’s hard for us to feel as though we even deserve something good. Can you relate to any of this? 

We are reminded in these verses that the ways of God are so different than our ways. His ways are higher and his thoughts are better. This is good news for broken, imperfect people who are in need of God’s grace, love, and forgiveness. It is such good news that God does not extend grace and love as we do.

Where it is difficult for us to forgive someone who wronged or offended us, God is quick to forgive and quick to extend grace. His ways are not like our ways and praise God they aren’t. This week, we are taking the time to see what God has done, taking the time to thank Him for all the grace He has shown us. May we see and accept the mercy of God in our lives.




  • God, will you help me see myself the way that you see me?
  • God, will you give me the eyes to see others as you see them?
  • God, will you help me to trust your ways?
  • God, will you help me fully accept the grace and mercy you have extended to me?

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