Australian singer/composer Darlene Zschech opens her heart about her battle with cancer and how her relationship with God was deepened through her struggle. Here she tells how she learned to pray more powerfully during her grueling treatments:
On December 20, 2013, Darlene had surgery to remove the tumor in her breast, then began aggressive chemotherapy that lasted seven months. During her fight, the first thing Darlene learned was how to pray like a warrior. “I was devastated and my emotions were all over the place, so a friend selected Scriptures for me to pray out loud when I didn’t have the words to pray for myself,” she recalls. “I’d pray Psalm 61: Hear my cry, oh Lord, listen to my prayer. I call You as my heart grows faint, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
As Darlene prayed, she realized that she had to learn to pray in a more powerful, focused and intentional way. “I can get quite spiritual-warfare driven when I’m leading worship, but I was quite a gentle pray-er in private,” she says. “My illness taught me to pray with fire over my own body and accept the authority that I have in Christ over myself.”
Find out more about Darlene's journey in our November issue, on sale now at Walmart, Barnes and Noble, in select grocery stores, and also digitally on Kindle and Nook. And check out her new album, Here I Am Send Me!