GOD STORIES: Praying Scripture
In August of 2010, I was diagnosed with cancer. Boom. Didn’t see that coming. Our daughter Emma was nine years old. She had so many questions about what was happening and how it would affect me, her, and our family. She was afraid … I was afraid … [my husband] Dan was afraid. I cried out to God for healing, but more importantly, for wisdom to know how to encourage Emma. I asked God to please not waste the time of difficulty that we were facing, but to use it to help others. Not knowing what else to do, I began reading the Psalms and simply making the verses I read each day my prayers. I would literally begin, “Dear Lord,” and then read the scriptures and end with “Amen.” They gave me words to speak to God when I couldn’t find words myself. When I got to Psalm 56:3, I knew God had answered my prayer for helping Emma with her fears and concerns about the future.
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in God. PSALM 56:3
Such a short and simple sentence, yet it contained ALL that we needed. I read the verse to Emma and we made a pact to cry out to God with that verse any time we began to feel afraid. It worked! We kind of made it a game. When one of us got that “look,” the other one would yell the verse out loud. Not only did our fears and anxieties decrease, but our regular calling out to God together built our faith. It gave us a platform to speak of God’s presence when people asked how we were doing. It redirected our thoughts when we began to give in to fear of the future. It gave us a vision of God working, and… It. Gave. Us. Hope.
We were praying God’s will into our hearts and lives and then He graciously let the truth of His Word spill out to those around us. Did my cancer magically disappear? No. Did we still occasionally fall into fearful thought patterns? Yes. But those 11 little words became a lifeline and an anchor.
This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” HEBREWS 6:19
When I pray God’s promises back to Him, I have found that He often blesses me with a reminder of another promise from His Word. He continues the conversation, so to speak, and “He walks with me and He talks with me.”
— Karen Hassman, Christ Church Community Member