Discouraged? Your Heavenly Father Has Something to Say
Some years ago I passed through a time of discouragement. I can’t remember the source of the struggle, but I recall the fruit. I created a tool for divine encouragement. I collected God’s words of affirmation in one place and turned them into a letter. Next time you are feeling low, read these thoughts and let God lift your spirit.— Max


Dear child of mine,

I am one who comforts you.  I bought you and complete you.  I delight in you and claim you as my own, rejoicing over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.  I will never fail you or forsake you.[i]

You are worried and troubled about many things; trust me with all your heart.  I know how to rescue godly people from their trials. Let me strengthen you with my glorious power.  I did not spare my Son but gave him up for you. Won’t I give you everything else? [ii]

When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.[iii]

So, don’t worry.  I never tire or sleep. I stand beside you.  The angel of the LORD encamps around you.  I hide you in the shelter of my presence.  I will go ahead of you, directing your steps and delighting in every detail of your life. If you stumble, you will not fall, for I hold you by the hand.  I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.[iv]

I will make you fruitful in the land of suffering, trading beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, praise for despair. I live with the low spirited and spirit crushed. I put new spirit in you and get you on your feet again. Weeping may go on all night, but joy comes with the morning.  If I am for you, who can ever be against you?[v]

You sometimes say, “The Lord has deserted me; the Lord has forgotten me.” But can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for a child she has borne? Even if that were possible, I would not forget you!  I paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, my sinless, spotless Lamb.  No one will snatch you away from me.  See, I have written your name on my hand.  I call you my friend.  Why, the very hairs on your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are valuable to me.[vi]

Give me your burdens; I will take care of you.[vii]  

Your Maker, your Father,


[i] Is.51:12;1 Cor.6:20;Col.2:10;Is.62:4-5;Heb.13:5

[ii] Lk.10:41;Prov.3:5;Rom.8:26;Col.1:11;Rom.8:32;Judg.5:21

[iii] Is.43:2

[iv] Mt.6:34;Ps.121:4-5;Ps.34:7;Ps.31:20;Deut.31:6;Ps.37:23-24;Ps.32:8

[v] Gen.41:52;Is.61:3;Is.57:15;Ps.30:5;Rom.8:31

[vi] Is.49:14-15;1 Pet.1:19;John 10:28;Is.49:16;John15:15;Mt.10:30-31

[vii] Ps.55:22

18 comments on “Discouraged? Your Heavenly Father Has Something to Say

  1. Thank you, Mr. Lucado. You never fail to inspire me, lift me up, and always improve my focus on our Lord. I love your books and your blog posts.

  2. Max,

    What a beautiful prayer. We are all sons and daughters of God. He always faithful.

  3. JUST….WOW! I’ve also been struggling with discouragement and, as always, this letter is GOD’S PERFECT TIMING! Thank you for shepherding God’s flock, even though it may only be online for now. <3

    In His grip, Char

  4. Thank you for this today. I needed it so badly. My heart is heavy laden and I am wrought with despair. So many problems surrounding me, spirituality, family, financially. I need your prayers.

  5. Max,

    What a beautiful prayer. We are all sons and daughters of God. He is always faithful.

  6. Wow! Absolutely beautiful. There is nothing like the Word of God! It has soothe my weary soul and brought into an atmosphere of His shalom shalom. His perfect peace. Thank you Pastor!

  7. Dear Lord Jesus, please help our children be healthy, they need YOU, we need YOU to help them make it through this rough time in the world. Oh Lord, what can we do to show our children how much YOU love them, how much YOU love us ALL. I thank YOU for giving me time to grow up in YOUR WORD. In Jesus name Amen.

  8. Thank you for sharing this Max Lucado. I often feel like God may have forgotten me but with these words from Him, there is no longer any doubt. He knows I am here alright! Praise God.

  9. Dear Max,
    Thank you again for sharing this letter. It is a treasure, as are you! God is so good to us, even and especially when we don’t deserve it.
    In Christ,

  10. I’m going through a really rough patch right now. My husband died in April so along with every thing that needs taking care of for that, o have the added burned of a hail storm that damaged pur truck and roof. I also had a Mediacom contractor hit my garage door and damage it. He says he didn’t do it, so they’re denying my claim. This ongoing battle has broken me down. I struggle with the image of God as a loving father because as a parent, I would not wish this on s child I loved. Hard to keep my faith.

  11. Thank you for sharing this. I so much needed to hear this. God use you Max for his purpose! 🙂

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