Prayers for Writers? Of course! We need them too.

Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5:17-18

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This is going to be a short post (less than 400 words). I sincerely hope when you’re done reading it, you’ll read THIS ONE as well.

Recently, I blogged about Janet Sketchley’s post, “What’s in the heart,” which inspired me to write on a similar subject. It happened again this past week, and I must share.

I belong to several Facebook and Twitter writing groups, and have read a lot of prayer requests in the threads of comments. Some want prayers for ill-health, some for their writing journeys, while others ask us to pray for their loved ones. None of these are no less important than others. No matter the request, we, as Christians, are called to lift each other up in prayer. The best part is in what Jesus tells us in Matthew 18: “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Saturday, I really enjoyed Bobbi Junior’s post and hope you’ll join her – as I do in her movement. Writers, like everybody else, have needs too. As you read their books, we ask you to keep them in prayers.

I like to think of myself as a prayer warrior. When I find myself doing nothing (which isn’t very often), I talk to God. Working in a call centre where it’s not very busy, I like to follow God’s command as told by the Apostle Paul, and I pray continually. I pray for whoever He lays on my heart, I thank him for the things He’s done in my life, and that of others. I like to pray first thing in the morning (my day just isn’t the same when I don’t), last thing at night as I lay my head down, and anywhere in between when He nudges me. I love talking to Him every chance I get.

Some think prayer are only required when we’re in desperate need. I do ask for His provisions in those times, but also praise and thank Him in the good times.

So as you read the words of the authors you enjoy so much, will you please take a moment and pray for them today? Let’s all join Bobbi’s movement and pray for writers.

Blessings, everyone.

Renee-Ann <><

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9 thoughts on “Prayers for Writers? Of course! We need them too.

  1. Well-said, Renee-Ann (and Bobbi in the post that started all this) — writing is like any other pursuit in that it has challenges and rewards, but it’s also a type of unseen leadership. And all leaders need extra prayer because they can be targets.

    Sometimes we stop to pray for leaders or even celebrities because the news brings them to our attention. Or for teachers, government or emergency workers because we know about their responsibilities. But writers are behind the scenes most of the time, which is just fine for the introverted among us.

    Words can have a powerful impact for good for for bad, so let’s pray for our writers when we read their words.

    • Thanks Janet. It’s easy to forget those we don’t see on a daily basis, yet we need to keep them to the ‘forefront’ of our minds and hearts.

  2. Love it! I believe writing is a ministry; a calling. But I will add this to the mix: Pray for those of us who write that we never lose sight of that calling. That we never forget whose words we are writing. It is easy to get caught up in the hoopla. Let’s face it, getting published is pretty heady stuff. I want my words to lead others to a strong relationship with God through Jesus Christ….not a celebrity type relationship with the likes of me. 🙂

    • Amen! and Amen! Thanks, Rebecca, for this important reminder.
      I love this calling, and I too want to lead others to Jesus with my stories. That’s the main reason I write. <

    • So true, Rebecca. I think that’s one of the dangers of any form of Christian ministry once it gains some attention. This is definitely a key area of prayer need for those writers in any level of spotlight, just as the prayer that writers still persevering toward the goal of publishing won’t turn that goal into an idol.

  3. How true this is. Writers do need prayers. Before I write I always pray for God to place the words on my heart so I can put them on paper. I know I cannot do this alone. I am so thankful for the community of writers I cherish who lift one another up. I couldn’t write without them either.

    • Thanks Pam. I’m guilty of sometimes forgetting to pray before I write. But most often, I ask Him to give me the words. You’re right, we can’t do this alone. We do have an awesome supportive/encouraging/praying group of writers. And with God at the centre, we can’t ask for any better. 😀

  4. It seems that once this need is on our radar, it makes perfect sense. I’ve been thinking a lot about how God chose to proclaim his word. He chose ordinary people, and had them put his story, his truth into stories and instruction – words on scrolls and in letters, to be shared as God would lead for centuries to come.

    Each generation since then, including ours, explains and proclaims according to their time and place. Just as the writers of scripture, we are torn between feeling unworthy, and the temptation of pride. But once our words, our learnings about God are on paper or on the web, the Lord can and will lead those who are seeking to the words that will be right for them.

    We have an awesome calling. May we constantly remember each other, and the writers of everything we read, and pray for protection from the world’s idols, pride, fear, and interference. May the Word be proclaimed!

    • Well stated, Bobbi Junior. And thank you for the reminder, Pam. I start each morning praying to write words that honor God, but I need to pray for each and every project I take on.

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