Testing Prayer

I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. Psalm 62:1

Testing Prayer

She sits quietly with her book open, sometimes reading the material aloud so she can hear what she is reading. She makes note cards as she reviews, as well as takes practice reviews on line. She’s a way better student than I was at fifteen. But very much like me, she’s a slower test taker. Both my kids have been. They read questions thoroughly and take their time analyzing the choices. This pace is great for real life decisions, like buying cars and houses; but in our world of school test taking the timer ticks on with  anxiety building at each tick of the clock.

When I was a teen my mom gave me a prayer book by Marjorie Holmes called, “Nobody Else Will Listen.” This book contained a prayer titled, “Help Me with This Test.” Praying it helped calm my test taking anxiety through the years. I’ve pulled it out from time to time with my kids and will do so again for my daughter’s first AP Exam on this coming Friday. As exam season is upon us, I just wanted to share it with you in case there is anyone else out there who might need it. Enjoy!

Help me with this Test
A prayer by Marjorie Holmes

Oh, God, make me calm and confident before this test.
            Please take the anxiety from me. Help me to stop worrying about the questions I can’t answer, and to feel cheerful and grateful for the ones I can.
            Help me to remember just to read the whole thing swiftly through and then concentrate on what I really know. Give me correct choices and words to express myself.   Let me remember the facts I think I’ve forgotten. But even if I can’t, don’t let me sit fretting and stewing about it.
            Sit beside me, Lord. If you’re there I won’t be tempted to cheat. I won’t feel too badly if I falter or even fail. But with your  presence guiding me I’ll be able to do my best.
            That’s all that really matters, so help me to do my best.
   Walk with me now into that room, Lord.  Be with me through this test.

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