Posted by: pollyw | June 28, 2020

How to Pray Scripture through the Chaos


Normal. Not a word you think much about until it’s not around. People keep talking about the new normal that will settle in once the pandemic slows down. COVID-19 has thrown us all a curveball this year.

My high school senior didn’t know if he was going to have a graduation or not. Thankfully, he did.

My high school junior was in the middle of a water polo tournament when the referees told them all to get out of the water. The tournament was ending early because the schools were shutting down.

My sophomore gymnast practiced via computer in our living room. Everyone stayed lively on their feet to stay out of her way while she was doing aerials, handstands, and back tucks.

My two middle schoolers learned how to manage their time and also email teachers through the online schooling. Our house became an orchestra practice room and an art studio for their electives.

My elementary kiddo attended weekly tech meetings with the digital lab held by our district and had scavenger hunts after his school work with his teachers and classmates virtually.

I know everyone has had similar experiences. We thought that if we could just get through the school year, things would return to normal. Well, they haven’t. And, in fact, it looks like it will be affecting us into the next school year.

We were taken by surprise with all of this, but God wasn’t. And still isn’t. As the cycle of closings starts again, it can feel chaotic and a lot like that movie Groundhog Day, where Bill Murray’s character lives the same day over and over.

In the chaos, I have to remember that God is still on His throne, His Word is still true, and He still has big plans for us. During times like these, the best thing I can do is grab my Bible and start praying His Word back to Him. It reminds me of His promises and it helps me put into words what I don’t really have words for right now.

Here’s how it looks when I do this. When I don’t have the words and my brain is racing, I often turn to Psalms. It is very easy to find. Just open your Bible in the middle, and you should find yourself there. Go ahead, try it with your Bible. If you aren’t at Psalms, you’re probably pretty close.

Looking at the passages I landed on, I find one that stands out to me and that sums up what I want to talk to Him about. Today I see Psalm 119:65-66 is talking about wisdom and discernment, and I could really use those right now in the middle of this chaos, with the different information on the news and the decisions we need to make this summer and into the next school year to keep our family safe.

Here is the verse (in the amplified version):

“You have dealt well with Your servant, O Lord, according to Your promise. Teach me good judgement (discernment) and knowledge, for I have believed and trusted and relied on Your commands.”

Now when I’m praying this back to God, I’m personalizing it to the situation I am praying about. I’m thanking Him for dealing well with us, things could be so much worse. I’m asking Him to teach me judgement and discernment and to give us knowledge about decisions we will be making in the middle of this chaotic world situation. He knows what is going on, so I am going to Him for guidance. I don’t have to figure it all out. He tells us to ask for wisdom and He will give it to us. So, this verse reminds me that I am His. My family is His. He will give us wisdom when we ask.

Praying His Word back to Him and personalizing it is something that reminds me who He is and what He has promised He will do. I can trust Him and I can lean on Him.

What verses do you like to pray back to Him? Leave it in the comments, I would love to hear from you.



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