Praying for Kate

I am overwhelmed and entirely amazed at the response to pray and fast for Kate today. As I was praying last night, and reading the following passage I was reminded again of…
-the desperateness of our situation v.8-9
-our total dependence on Christ v.9b-10
-the power of God’s people in prayer v.11

2 Corinthians 1:8b…We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

3 times Paul talk about God’s deliverance and as he does so he moves from past present, to future tense. So now we also pray for God’s deliverance that we have seen in the past, to rescue again today, and set free forever.

Paul also talks about the partnership between his needs, the prayers of the saints and God’s Sovereignty. I can’t explain it, but I am thankful that God gives the privilege for others ‘helping together’ in prayer to accomplish much.

Please keep believing, please keep praying! I praise God for every person who stands with Kate through this…

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59 thoughts on “Praying for Kate

    • I spent yesterday with the Lord in fast and prayer as you and your family requested. May God’s grace and mercy and healing fall on Kate and you all.

  1. Hi: I didn’t respond last night, but just want you to know that I’m praying and fasting for Kate and your family today. God bless you. Keep looking to God through these hard, hard times. Only He can comfort you and give you peace.

  2. I am actually fasting for personal reasons today, and I came across an e-mail in my e-mail box about praying and fasting for Kate. I will be praying all day today for healing, and for God to place restoration and abundance on her. Healing is in His hands. I’m praying.

  3. sweet friends, I committed yesterday to your day of prayer and fasting and have linked your family in a blog I maintain so those who happen upon my site can join in some fashion of supplication on behalf of your precious little girl. As a dad and a brother in Christ, my heart pours out for your family, I pray for healing not just for sweet Kate, but for all of you. May He hold you so very close today as you plead upon Him. Love you guys!

  4. Don’t know any of you.. Found Kate’s Caringbridgesite from a friend… I too am Praying and fasting for Kate today!!! Be strong..

  5. Most definitely praying the next scan show NO CANCER—have been praying that night and day since we got the news! will not stop till we get our answer!
    love and prayers from Ohio!
    Glenda Kremer

  6. I am praying with you. Ever since the bad report last week the Lord has awaken me in the night with a heavy heart to pray for you and Holly and especially Kate. There is no greater priviledge that to be the parent of one of God’s precious little ones ad no greater burden when things are not as we wish they would be. My mother’s heart cries out to the Holy Father for Kate’s complete and total healing. I am holding up your arms in prayer and I will not stop until Kate and your family have come through this deep, dark valley . . . . . safely on the other side. Praise be to God for all that He is doing and all that He is going to do.

  7. I am joining for fasting and praying for Kate, that God would heal her. I pray for your family that he would give you more strength and comfort and to continue to rely on Him only. From California.

  8. Kate and family – we pray and fast for sweet Kate today, and praise our Lord that He has brought us all together during this time. The power of prayer is amazing and He will work wonders through Kate and you all. Romans 12:12
    “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;” All my love, heart and prayers to you all!

  9. Aaron,
    I met you mother at a luncheon in West Columbia, SC last Tuesday, and she shared with me, briefly, Kate’s story. I assured her, as she left, just hours before the results of Kate’s test, that I would be in prayer for you and your family. She suggested I google “prayforkate”, and I have been following, and praying for Kate, your family, and the doctors. I will continue to share the request for prayer. May you feel God’s comfort and embrace today.
    God Bless,

  10. Praying and fasting for the Lord to heal your sweet little girl.

    I’ve been following the story for a while now and long so deeply for the Lord to restore Kate to full health.

  11. Praying and fasting for Kate today! Her beautiful face continues to appear to me throughout the day and I believe that your miracle will be granted. I pray for NO CANCER! I pray and fast for you and Holly as well that your faith will remain strong through this difficult time. I pray for your family.

  12. What a beautiful post from a loving dad! My daughter and I join in fasting and praying for a total and complete miraculous healing of Kate’s body, for wisdom and guidance, and for Jesus to be glorified!

    The scriptures you give here are powerful and perfect for hope and faith for Kate’s healing. We believe and are trusting in God’s deep love for Kate, and we are grateful for her precious life! Psalm 116

  13. I heard through friends of your deep love for God and appeal to Him on behalf of Kate. I was moved to join you in prayer and fasting today. I listened to the song “Healer” over lunch and was reminded that He is Kate’s healer, portion, and nothing is impossible for Him. Press on my friends.

  14. Praying for your precious Kate. I was praying and fasting today with my sister for my mother, when I learned of the the news you received on Kate’s last MRI. I am standing with you for a miraculous healing!

  15. I am praying for your family so much. Little Kate has been with me all day as well as the last couple of days. As i listen to Peace be Still today, I thought of little Kate and your family. I poured the words into God;s hands for you all.
    I really do feel your pain. Be strong and know that He is God.
    God Bless,

  16. i am praying, praying, praying for kate! i’ve been following you from the beginning of her caringbridge site. while i am unable to fast (due to treatments, myself), i am pleading Jesus’ healing blood over her precious little life, and over that of your family. He is able!! may kate be a testimony to God’s healing power!

  17. Praying and fasting for Kate….Praising Him for being our Healer and Comforter. Praying He will hear the prayers of His saints today as we gather together and raise Kate up to Him.

  18. Rest assured my brother that my family and I have been lifting up Kate and your family from the start. Fasting today and sent the updates to a friend in Germany that has an entire church praying today for Kate and the McRae’s.

  19. I’ve been fasting and praying today for Kate. It’s my first time fasting and I am praying for complete healing and for God to get all the glory!! Thank you for allowing us to pray and be apart of her life. If I ever had to face this path I would hope some stranger would do the same for me or my family….You guys are extremely loved and we are praying for you all.

  20. I read about your beautiful daughter Kate on the Tomcat Studio blog. I pray that Kate will be healed and her pain taken away. With God ALL things are possible!

  21. I came across your blog from a facebook friend that I also attend church with. I just read parts of the blog and gather the battle you are facing. Having a daughter myself I can only imagine as parents what you can be facing. On the verge of ‘getting news’ about my husbands surgery, I can attest to those feelings of complete helplessness. I will be praying for you, for you are not a stranger, but an extension of the body of Christ, and we are all interconnected. When one is weak, the other is strong. I pray that healing, wisdom, and glory be the pillars of strength to show you through this journey.

  22. Our family joins you in praying & fasting today for sweet Kate!
    I have been been following you from her caringbridge site.
    We are fervently praying for all of you from Surprise,AZ.

  23. Came across your site about a year ago while planning my daughters bday party, been praying ever since. Read blog last night about fasting for Kate. I prayed this morning and read devotional with her on my heart the entire time as a wept. The reading for today was John 11:1-48 I have never truly studied this story the way I did today. We truly serve a sweet God who cares and weeps with us through sickness. He also reminded me how he truly is a healer. Fasted for your baby all day. I have a daughter named Kate who is 4. I am standing firm in agreement with your family! Ready to testify along with her miracle.
    Shreveport, Louisiana

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  25. I too am praying for you and your family. I just came across your daughters story, I am so moved by your whole family. I believe in the power of Jesus Christ and will be praying for your family daily.

  26. How could God have spoken more personally to you than He did in 2 Corinthians 1:8-11??? With you and all of thousands upon thousands who are pleading to Him for His complete and total healing of “little Kate” (as we refer to her in our family).

  27. aaron and holly. we are continuing to pray. can you please let us know what time the scan will be at tomorrow? we would like to pray specifically during the scan. He hears.

  28. We had been out of town for a week and I just read the updates on Kate. I was shaken to the core when I saw that the MRI results were not positive. My wife and I will continue to pray for your beautiful loving Kate. May God give you peace and an answer to prayer in the way of full healing.

  29. I just stumbled upon Kate’s caringbridge site a few days ago. I don’t know you all, but have been so moved by her story. My heart goes out to you and I too joined in fasting and praying today for Kate. It is amazing to me how often God called her to my mind today, and how he focused my prayers. We serve an awesome and powerful God whose mercy and compassion are without end…nothing is outside of His control. I know that He too weeps for Kate, and for all his children who suffer. He heard all of the prayers that have been lifted up in her name. May God continue to grant you strength, and may he heal Kate to the glory of His name.

  30. Other than fasting for blood work I have never fasted in my life. I have been following your Caring Bridge page for a year and a half and just happened on your blog yesterday. Never in my life did I think I could make it through one whole day without food but I did it today for Kate.
    I KNOW that God can heal Kate and make her cancer-free.
    Praying for strength for all of you!

    • Joanne,
      We are so thankful to you and excited that God gave you the strength to make it through today! Thanks and God bless…

  31. A friend posted about Kate on Facebook. I saw it this evening and have been praying ever since! My sister and I are praying for a miracle today…that when the scan is done, nothing will be found! We are also praying comfort and strength for your entire family! Much love from Oklahoma..

  32. Standing firm with you and your family for the LORD’s deliverance!!! As Moses was sent to deliver the people of Israel out of bondage from Egypt, I hear the LORD saying now, “Let My People Go!” “No more… she’s Mine!” Thanking and praising God for doing what only He can do in Kate’s life. Rest assured that many people have enlisted in God’s Army and we’re ready for battle!!!

    Be strong in the LORD and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes for our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers against the authorities against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. THEREFORE, put on the full armor of God so when the day of evil comes you may be ready to stand your ground and after you’ve done everything to STAND. Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist. With the breastplate of righteousness in place and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish ALL the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, remain alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
    Ephesians 6:10-18

    With heartfelt love and prayers ~

  33. I have a dear friend who wouldn’t mind me sharing about her little boy, Kai (Malachi), who when in her womb was shown to have a hole in his heart and other signs of Down Syndrome, short extremities, and multiple sonograms clearly showing club feet. We prayed fervently. I asked God to patch up the hole in his heart, and to straighten out the club feet, to protect his mind and that he would be perfect. Then came the day for the specialist visit to the pediatric cardiologist who took another test for unborn Kai. It was truly a miracle. The specialist compared the results of the first test, clearly showing the hole in the heart, and the results of the second test clearly showed there was no hole! Even he said there was no explanation other than a miracle. I was praising God for the miracle and trusting Him to straighten the club feet. I told my friend “God is not out of miracles.” He is still a miracle-working God. All the sonograms right up until he was born were showing the club feet, but I didn’t know that. When he was born, he was perfect! Perfect feet, perfect arms and legs, perfectly normal sized head, and to God be the Glory! It was a certain miracle. I am praying and pleading for you, for Kate, for your whole family. God’s message to me today was Peace, and Be Still. So I am praying that for you today. I said to Jesus that if he really wants Kate with him sooner, then she must be sooooo precious to him! And that they are going to have such a special time together. But I am asking that God use Kate and her story in a powerful way, and hoping for healing. The other message that came to me was how much He loves you. Never, ever lose sight of that. With love, Ruth

  34. Dear Holly & Aaron Mcrae,

    I have become aware of your sadness through my dear friends, Brady and Katie Fineske, who also share your deepest concerns as their son Jackson battles medulloblastoma. I know words from a complete stranger may hold little consolation but I am compelled to encourage and pray for you and Kate. Please know that your tears have not been wasted nor is Kate ever alone. As words wearily dissolve in attempting to explain your fears and bottomless sadness, please know that One Word will never pass away. One Word will eternally stand to define your tribulation and your hope. One Word will cradle your precious family in a refuge we cannot grasp but our hearts know intimately. The One Word God spoke into our darkness now stands in the midst of a countless hands clasped in prayer begging for His swift mercy. He is our One Word, He is Jesus. Today I pray that One Word, “Jesus”, for you Holly and Aaron, and over Kate. I beg you find rest in that Name which stands above all others. Your tears have not been wasted nor is Kate ever alone.

    His Peace,


    Sadness steals my every word,
    Except the One God gave to me.
    My tired prayers becoming slurred
    Reaching for the hem of mercy,
    To heal my baby’s misery.

    The Promise stands amid all prayers,
    A Name of hope for this journey.
    PrayforKate is the love we share,
    And “Jesus”, The Word, fills the air.

    Hear the prayers only you can answer
    and free Kate from the grasp of cancer.
    Send your swift mercy on this child,
    Who brings God joy and makes Him smile.
    Bless this innocent with your power,
    Protect her health in your Strong Tower.
    Come – for Kate needs you now.

    By Chris Clody 2/7/11

  35. Aaron:

    The Lord led our family (and by family, I mean, our entire family, even teenage boys!) to the first video that you and Holly made the day it was posted on You Tube. We, of course, immediately fell in love with Kate and your whole crew. We have been, faithfully, following your journey since, though don’t often post. Our hearts ached as we read of the newest test results. As we had before, my husband, sister and I, all joined your family yesterday for a day of fasting. We pray with hope and faith that Jesus can and will heal your beautiful girl.

  36. Aaron, I pray nightly for Kate, and so do hundreds of my online friends.
    Kate is a GIFT, not to be returned. God Bless you all.
    Hug Kate for me

  37. I work at the National Headquarters and Resource Center of the Assemblies of God. I sent a prayer request for Kate to the National Prayer Center yesterday, and stood in her place for prayer today at our morning employees chapel. Many of us here are standing with you in this time for our sweet Kate. May God’s strength and peace be with you all, and may His hand of healing rest on Kate. Love you and yours. Guyla

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  39. I’m not completely sure how I found out about your situation. I think through Matt Chandler’s Twitter feed although I’ve never been to his church or heard him speak but I’ve heard good things about him. In any case I fasted yesterday for Kate and have been praying for her and you as well. We have a daughter about Kate’s age and your story is so compelling and hits so close to home although I don’t pretend to know the depth and breadth of the anguish you are in — it’s impossible to fathom.

    In any case, I felt compelled to pass this on. I know at first this may sound ridiculous. I heard a podcast from Dennis Miller (former SNL and comedian who has a daily radio show on Westwood One) and he was interviewing cancer doctor’s who were featured in a book by Suzanne Summers – (3’s Company from the 1970s). In any case, she was evidently diagnosed with cancer once and went through chemo and then diagnosed again and refused to do chemo again but researched alternative treatments and discovered the doctor’s that she featured in the book. One was in Houston and one in New England I believe. They didn’t have a one size fits all strategy, they claimed that their treatment protocols were tailored to each specific patient. One was using more diet and the other more experimental drugs but each claimed to have a number of Stage 5 pancreatic cancer patients that were coming to annual patient reunions that were 12 years from their diagnosis when they were supposed to only live a few months because of the nature of pancreatic cancer. In any case, I wanted to pass that on although I know you are getting information and recommendations from multitudes that are more qualified and knowledgeable certainly than I am. I will continue to pray for you.

  40. Hi, my prayers for God’s healing, comfort, strength and perfect will (even when we may not understand it) for Katie and your family are sent up. I do not know you, this was sent to me by a mutual sister in Christ and we all are brothers and sisters in Christ to those who believe.

    God’s love and blessings upon you.

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