Praying Through the Fog – By Esther Zaiback

Cape HatterasI prayed for one of my daughters for several years, pleading with God to guide and direct her.

Through prayer and fasting, God led me to Isaiah 42:16, which says, “I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. … These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.”

I claimed this promise for my daughter again and again. But I saw no change in her heart.

One morning before sunrise, I woke up feeling utterly abandoned by God. I questioned whether He was hearing my prayers. I opened the porch door and walked a few steps to my usual devotional spot, a scenic location that faces the Atlantic Ocean and has a beautiful view of a lighthouse.

But on this morning I could not see the lighthouse or the ocean. As I started to pray, I noticed that the morning fog was so thick that I could not see beyond the place where I was sitting.

As I prayed for my daughter, the sun began to rise and its rays shone through the fog. Slowly, I began to see the outline of the lighthouse on the horizon. In just a short period of time I was able to see everything around me clearly.

At that moment, it struck me that I had just witnessed a metaphor for prayer. The lighthouse and ocean had always been there, but I couldn’t see them because of the fog. Yet the moment the sun came out, I was able to see beyond my immediate vicinity.

The same is true of prayer. When we don’t see a change in the person whom we are praying for, it does not mean that God is not at work. Psalms 77:19 says, “Your way was in the sea, Your path was in the great waters, but your footsteps were not known.”

Little did I know that God had already begun answering my prayer. Even though I could not see His hand, the supplications that I was making in silence would one day be answered before my eyes.

Fourteen years have passed since I prayed on that foggy morning. Today, my daughter is a married woman who is seeking God’s will and has a passion for helping others. I praise God for encouraging me to keep praying through the fog.

Esther Zaiback, a mother and grandmother, lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she enjoys her grandchildren, gardening, and journaling.

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  • Wyman Kingsley

    Such a great testimony Esther, Father truly hears the sincere heartfelt prayers of a parent, I have not seen my children for many years but I do sincerely believe Matthew 7 [7] “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.[8] “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
    I pray that in my absence He will place others who love Him in their pathway and speak to their hearts that they may seek Him and know Him

    • Desiree

      Amen and amen.

    • Letty Kaltonga

      Amen and Amen. God bless you all, we all are facing these kind of situations with our children as they are the sons and daughters of God and Satan is targeting all of them. This is the great controversy and we are fighting this battle with our knees seeking Gods intervention in ALL. With these 10 days of Prayer, I believe the LORD will show us His intervention in ALL our prayer requests. God bless you all.

  • Sharon

    God is faithful all the time. Praise God for this testimony that encourages us to never give up in prayer. Thank you for sharing.

  • Rosalia

    Wow. What an encouragement to start the day and the week. I have been praying for my family and I know God is working on them.

  • Natasha

    Amen! Praise the Lord! Thanks for your testimony! I am encouraged to continue in prayer for my wavering family. Thank You Abba Father for always being with us, forgive us for our doubting moments and strengthen our faith in Jesus name,amen.

    • Victoria

      Amen

  • Telisha

    Wonderful testimony! I love the analogy…when we can’t see GOD’s hand, He is still working so let us ‘trust His heart’. Never give up! Pray on!

  • PNB

    Thank you Esther for sharing this wonderful testimony of the effectiveness of prayer. I am encouraged and strengthened in my resolve to pray for my children.
    – Peter Nigel

  • Derek Morris

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful testimony, Esther.
    I am a witness to this great miracle of God.
    The lesson is clear: never give up praying for your children.

  • Phillippa

    Thank you for this awesome testimony. I am still praying for my daughter. I have seem His mighty power in her life. I am awaiting that grand day when she will give her life fully to God. “Wait On the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your ❤️ heart, wait I say on the Lord.”Psalm 27:14

  • Jeanette

    Thank you for sharing your testimony, Esther. Beautiful analogy. I, too, am praying earnestly for my grown children. It is heartening to see the Holy Spirit working. God sometimes gives us glimpses (through the fog) to encourage us.

  • Desiree

    Inspiring testimony,encouraging my heart to keep on in prayer for my loved ones,thank YOU FATHER for answered prayers in JESUS name.

  • D.V.B.

    Thank you Father for reminding us through Esther’s testimony to hold on, even when we can’t see, because FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb. 11:1).

    • Deborah Mitchell

      Amen!

  • Beverley Joseph

    Thanks for the encouraging words. Please pray that God will do for me what He has done for you and others.

  • winnie zuu

    The fog might be thick around us,but God still surrounds us and is faithful. Praise the Lord for this testimony and the encouragement never to give up praying for our loved ones.

  • Gabriel Constantinescu

    Thank you Mrs. Zaiback for this beautiful story. May the Lord bless you for encouraging us. I am also interceding with God for our 3 adult children often with the Bible open at Isaiah 49:24, 25.

    I also prayed for a long time to the Lord to restore my joy in the midst of my trials. In the last 18 months God gave me 3 dreams through which he assured me that He is on His throne. Today I can testify that God had restored my joy like I have never experienced before. And just when I thought that God has forgotten us, today Elena and I are grateful to God and to our small church family for sending us to Romania to hold 3 (three) Evangelistic Meetings in succession in 3 different churches in Romania. One dear family paid for our airplane tickets and friends donated enough money for the rest of the expenses during our 40 days stay in Romania. Humbled and grateful I praise and worship God today.

    Tomorrow, Monday we are flying to Romania. God willing, we will start our first Evangelistic meetings series Friday evening, January 20. To God be the glory!

    We entreat your prayers. Also, please remember in your prayers the people from Romania and all the evangelists that are going to hold meetings in Romania in over 2,100 sites February 10-February 25. THANK YOU! God is calling His children out of confusion. We are on the threshold of eternity. “Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King….”

  • Eding Sevilla Dela Cruz

    Amen! Prayer most needed when we least feel like praying. When we feel the least inclined to commune with Jesus, let us pray the most. By so doing we shall break Satan’s snare, the clouds of darkness will disappear, and we shall realize the sweet presence of Jesus (Lift Him Up, 372)

  • Ken

    Thank you for the encouragement this story brings. And I’m mindful that being persistent in prayer goes along with loving our children so they see Christ in us as a loving, accepting, and forgiving God rather than someone out to get us or catch us in the wrong. My mom was like that and died at age 93 without seeing the fruit of her prayers for me. God bless.

  • Donna

    Thanks a million for this story. Very encouraging. I pray continuously for my siblings and mother to give their hearts to Jesus. I will not give up even though sometimes it seems impossible. Please pray with me. Thanks again for sharing this story.

  • Bessie

    Thank you Esther. He is faithful!!
    Your testimony has given me hope for my children. I’m especially worried about the first and the last one and your praying for 14 years for your daughter has encouraged me to continue to pray for mine without ceasing. Thank you Jesus for this well timed testimony I was on the verge of giving up. Whoever reads this please pray for my daughter in her very very difficult situation that she might seek the Lord to help her solve her problems and for my son to find joy in the Lord again. Let’s pray for one another. We are living in perilous times. God bless.

  • Ros Farrell

    Beautiful, encouraging testimony Esther. There is hope for all our prodigal children and grandchildren because God will answer in His time and not ours. All glory to His name

  • Chrissie

    Too often, we are in the fog, thinking our loved one(s) will never come out of the fog either…but back of the clouds, the Sun is always shining. back of the clouds, He’s waiting to shine though, God has prepared a rosy tinted lining, back of the clouds, He’s there for me and you…Thank you, Jesus! amen.

  • Betti Knickerbocker

    Thank you Ms. Esther. You have no idea how much I was blessed and encouraged by reading your story.

  • N Bal4 – Sinner saved by Grace

    Amen.Praise God He is faithful and loving.

  • ARLENE MOSSEY

    PTL!
    GOD IS SO GOOD! Isn’t it wonderful to know that GOD HAS ALREADY WORKED IT OUT? Since we know we already have the victory, what should our countenance be, frown or happy smile? That means we live joyously from victory to victory; so-called failures become mere steppingstones to the next victory. Let’s try living faithfully trusting in GOD’S EVERY WORD. HELP ME (US) TO LIVE FAITHFULLY TOTALLY TRUSTING YOUR EVERY WORD! AMEN, JESUS! WE PRAISE, ADORE AND WORSHIP YOU. THANK YOU, LORD, FOR GIVING US THE DESIRES OF OUR HEARTS AS WE DELIGHT OURSELVES IN YOU.
    ALL GOD’S BLESSINGS,
    Arlene Mossey

  • April

    Thank you so much for sharing that ♡

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen

  • Thelma

    This is very encouraging! I am praying for my son and his family and godson and his siblings To yield to God and put him first in their lives. Please help

  • Debra Middleton

    Thank you for your inspirational testimony. It’s such a blessing to know how God makes everything beautiful in His Time.

  • wycliffe

    We truly serve a God who is living and a God who answers prayers,He may not answer when we expect Him to answer but one thing I am certain of is that He answers prayers and His time is ever the best. What an amazing testimony to share and an encouragement on how great our God is.

  • Fainah

    Amen, powerful!