30 Verses to Pray When You Need Hope


Need hope? We are all desperate for it. We’ve all had times in our lives when we have been hopeless. I don’t know about you, but I don’t ever want to go back to those times.

Each month, we focus our hearts on a certain topic and PRAY SCRIPTURE about that topic. For April, with the HOPE of the resurrection fresh in our hearts, I wanted to find verses that will encourage our hearts toward hope. In March we prayed 31 verses that led us to the cross. This month, we’ve focused on the cross, we’ve experienced the repentance and forgiveness that are GIFTS from God…and now we are reminding ourselves to place our HOPE in Christ.

Christ alone.

Praying the Scriptures for Hope


Praying the Scriptures

Find the other months of Praying God’s Word here. 


Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet {book review}

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13

Have you ever struggled to believe this passage? 

Do you wonder if God is good…specifically, is He good TO YOU?

If we dig down deep and care to make ourselves vulnerable, I think we will all answer yes to both of those questions. The words have become almost cliche, at least down here in the Bible belt. God is good! All the time! All the time! God is good! But on the inside, where the brokenness and hurt are often too hard to put into words, are we able to speak those words with conviction? And, for those of us who believe these words in the deep down darkest most secret places of our souls, well, we have a story, a struggle, that brought us to that place.

That is the story of this brand new book, Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things, by Sara Hagerty. It releases TODAY.

**Order this week and receive a free devotional download AND an amazing song by Ben Woodward, The Hungry Soul. Send an email to EBTISbook@gmail.com to receive your gifts! 

Is God good to me?

In this cancer? In this divorce? In this wayward child? In this depression? In my marriage? In my family? With my difficult child? When I can’t get out of bed in the morning? In loss?

Is God still good in those times of trial?

Sara Hagerty shares an intimate glimpse into her marriage struggles and her years (10+) of infertility in this book. She shares the grueling process of adoption and the challenging life of mothering former orphans.

Along the way somewhere, Sara began what she calls “Adoration.” Friends, as I read her descriptions of how she adores God through His Scriptures, I was nodding and smiling and saying YES to every page. It sounds an awful lot like how I pray the Scriptures and have shared about so many times in this place. It was almost strange to read someone else putting to words exactly what I have been doing these past few years.

And the work God did in her heart as a result? I have seen God is such similar ways move in my own life!!

“I read from the Psalms, ‘Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.’ I prayed, God, You are faithful.  You are faithful when I am fearful. I can count on You. You will not leave me when You see my failure. I scribbled notes in my Moleskine journal, propped next to my Bible near my kitchen sink, stained by carrot peels and smelling of onions. I invited His Word into my head, the place most parched for HIs reality…I searched the Psalms. Line upon line, this book showed the chasm in my understanding. Line upon line, this book brought me back to adoration as a way to bridge the chasm between my perceptions and God’s truth.” Sara Hagerty from Every Bitter Thing is Sweet.

Sounds awfully familiar. My praying of the Psalms has been a tool used by God in my fight with depression. He has been the lifter of my head and the shield for my soul. Through His Word. He guides, He comforts, He speaks. When I have no words, He intercedes as I pray His own words right back to Him.

Sweet friends, I have so many lines from this book highlighted and I wanted to share them all with you! But this post is already pretty long…so I’m just going to encourage you to get the book and be blessed for yourself!! I can truly say that this book ranks right up there with One Thousand Gifts for me. When I began counting my gifts, naming my blessings, years ago…God changed my perspective because of it. Then, several years later He taught me to pray the Scriptures. My heart and my prayer life have never been the same. I hope you will join me in seeking His face and allowing Him to pull you close through His Word.

Join me in October as we pray 1 Scripture each day for our families!  

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Practical Ways to Pray the Scriptures {Audio Encouragement}

5 Ways to Pray the Scriptures

I’m super excited to share with you something new I tried for this blog post. I’m going to actually talk to you and share with you a little encouragement from my heart regarding prayer and praying the Scriptures! Please let me know what you think in the comments.

Below is the summary of what I talk about in this quick audio session ~ less than 7 minutes, perfect to start your day! If you want to hear more about each option, take a quick listen!

**If you’re reading on a blog reader like Bloglovin’ or Feedly OR if you’re receiving this as an email, you will need to click over to hear the audio. I apologize! I don’t know how to get the audio to show up in other places!


Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue; God’s voice is its most essential part. Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine. – Andrew Murray

{I have the Essential Works of Andrew Murray which contains his best writings, including his writings on prayer. You can also get the Kindle version  for .99 right now!}

5 Ways to Pray the Scriptures

1. My Index Card Spiral – read this linked post to see how I use an index card spiral as a Bible memorization tool. Listen to the audio track to find out how I use it to pray the Scriptures!

2. Open Bible and pray a Psalm outloud to God. Subscribe here to get 30 Days of Praying the Psalms FREE.

3. Use the audio version of the YouVersion app! I’m loving this new-to-me option. Listen to hear how I am using this. This app is really neat, you can find any Scripture, read it in any translation and also LISTEN to it!!

4. Journaling the Scriptures.

5. Praying the Scriptures for others. Intercessory prayer.

These are 5 simple ways to begin praying the Scriptures more in your own life. I would love to hear from you…do you have other suggestions? Tips or ideas I haven’t listed here? Please leave a comment below and let me know your favorite ways to pray the Scriptures!

How to pray scriptures

3 Years Off of Anti-Depressants

I would love for you to read an update now that I have been off all of my anti-depressants for 3 years and am thriving. God has been so good to me. My mindset has changed. My health has changed. We are never truly hopeless if we have Christ. We have the power of the Holy Spirit living within us giving us the power to make the steps necessary to BE TRANSFORMED.

My Journey Off of Anti-Depressants

My wellness journey & 51 pound weight loss! 

Psalm 34 For The Brokenhearted

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Scriptures for Broken Hearts

Psalm 34 has long been one of my favorite Psalms, though you’ve heard me mention a time or two that the entire book of Psalms is a go-to for times of struggle, fear and heartache. Nothing can comfort a broken heart like our sweet Savior, dear ones. There are many Scriptures that speak to the burdened and downcast, but today I’m going to focus on one passage of Scripture for broken hearts.

Psalm 34

Of David.

I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. 

I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. 

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.

The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,

keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. 

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

and his ears are attentive to their cry; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,

to blot out their name from the earth.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;

he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.

Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned.

The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

When I’m feeling especially down or have recently been through a difficult time, one of my favorite things to do is pray the Psalms. And this is a great one to start with! Just take the Psalm and make the words your own. One of my absolute favorite ways to pray is to pray the Scriptures. When I use the Words of God Himself, I am assured that I am praying His will. No worries that I’m putting my own selfishness into my prayers, I use His Words and there is peace in that. Here is how I have been praying Psalm 34 recently…

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My Prayer of Psalm 34

Oh Lord, I will bless your name at all times.

Your praise will continually be on my lips, no matter what is happening around me.

I will boast in You, Lord, which allows me to turn my eyes to You and not my circumstance;

The humble will hear my words and be glad.

Oh let them magnify You with me. May they exalt You with me.

I seek You, Lord, and You hear me,

You deliver me from all my fears {name your fears, give them to God!}

The poor, {that’s me, Lord,} cry out to you and YOU HEAR ME,

You save me from all my troubles.

Your angels encamp all around those who fear Him,

and I am delivered.

I taste, Lord, I see, and I know You are good — no matter what is falling apart in my life.

You say I will be blessed when I trust You and I believe this and with faith I declare, I TRUST YOU. No matter what comes my way. No matter who fails me. No matter what, I trust You.

You have said that those who seek You will lack no good thing and in faith, I take you at Your word. The brokenness I see around me, You will use it for good.

The righteous, me, Lord – covered by the righteousness of Christ – cry out to you and YOU HEAR ME,

You deliver me from all my troubles.

You are near to the brokenhearted, you save those with a contrite spirit.

Many are our afflictions, Lord Jesus, so therefore, Lord, but You deliver me out of them all.

The Lord redeems my soul. Bless You, Jesus, Lover of my soul.


“Your most profound and intimate experiences of worship will likely be in your darkest days – when your heart is broken, when you feel abandoned, when your out of options, when the pain is great – and you turn to God alone.” ~ Rick Warren

More Scriptures For The Brokenhearted

  • Psalm 55:22
  • Psalm 73:26
  • Psalm 147:3
  • Isaiah 41:10
  • Isaiah 43:18
  • Matthew 11:28
  • John 14:27
  • John 16:33
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9
  • 1 Peter 5:7

More Posts For The Brokenhearted

Favorite Books For Encouragement

Here are my favorite books for encouraging hurting hearts: Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His PresenceA Shelter in the Time of Storm: Meditations on God and TroubleThe Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard,
Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things

3 Years Off of Anti-Depressants

I would love for you to read an update now that I have been off all of my anti-depressants for 3 years and am thriving. God has been so good to me. My mindset has changed. My health has changed. We are never truly hopeless if we have Christ. We have the power of the Holy Spirit living within us giving us the power to make the steps necessary to BE TRANSFORMED.

My Journey Off of Anti-Depressants

My wellness journey & 51 pound weight loss! 

More Praying the Scriptures Resources



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