Sunday, March 6, 2022

21 Ways to Pray for Your Writing


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson 

Anyone who knows me, knows that I only have one hard and fast rule about writing:

Pray before my fingers hit the keys!

While some of the things we pray are obvious, some aren’t. Today I’m sharing other things to pray that you may not have considered. 

21 Things to Pray for Your Writing

  • 1. Thank God for the gift of writing He’s giving you. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17
  • 2. Ask God to give you a joyful heart in the midst of difficulty. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12
  • 3. Ask God to give you clarity of mind. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8 
  • 4. Ask God to help you let go of expectations and fix your eyes on Him. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2
  • 5. Ask God to keep you from growing weary as you work. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
  • 6. Ask God to give you the rest you need. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
  • 7. Ask God to protect you from your own heart the cruel words we all say to ourselves. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9
  • 8. Ask God to help you know what to keep and what to change. Therefore, this is what the Lord says: “If you return, then Iwill restore you— You will stand before Me; And if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become Myspokesman. They, for their part, may turn to you, But as for you, you are not to turn to them. Jeremiah 15:19
  • 9. Ask God to give you the faith to fulfil His purpose in your writing. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
  • 10. Ask God to protect you from the hurtful words of others. No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17
  • 11. Ask God to give you strength. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
  • 12. Ask God to give you the patience you need to wait on His timing with your words. But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
  • 13. Ask God to provide others to walk this path with you. Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. Ecclesiastes 4:9
  • 14. Ask God to help you learn what you need to learn. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5
  • 15. Ask God to give you friends who will speak the hard truth. Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
  • 16. Ask God to put others in your path for you to encourage. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
  • 17. Ask God to give you discernment as you gather writing friends. Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Proverbs 13:20
  • 18. Ask God to keep you from anxiety about any aspect of your writing life. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
  • 19. Ask God to give you the courage you need to stay the course. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
  • 20. Ask God to protect you from jealousy and give you a generous heart for others’ success. A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. Proverbs 14:30
  • 21. Ask God to use your words in ways beyond what you can hope or imagine. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us Ephesians 3:20

These are the things I pray regularly for my writing and for my friends who are writers. 

I'd love to hear what you would add to the list. Please leave your suggestions—along with a Bible verse—in the comments section below!

Don't forget to join the conversation!
Blessings,
Edie

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Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives. Connect with her on her website, through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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23 comments:

  1. This isi a Keeper, Edie! I have printed it out and will keep it in my Bible. Thank you so very much for your words of wisdom.

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  2. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing these prayers.

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  3. Awesome list. Thank you so much. I have printed this as a comprehensive reminder for each day. How I love God's Word!

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    1. Elisabeth, thank you for your encouragement!

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  4. Great and helpful list this morning... so meaningful. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Diane, thank you for taking time to comment!

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  5. #8 Hard stop. Refer to Bible. Mind blown.

    Thank you! :)

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    1. That's actually the life-verse for my writing!

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  6. Helpful and vital! Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Wonderful list. I've printed it and intend to refer to it often.

    You asked what we would add: I thank God daily that he has given me the gift of time and the means to pursue this writing journey. "The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him." Psalm 28:7 (This quote appears at the bottom of the Acknowledgments page in each of my published novels.)

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    1. Kay, that's a wonderful addition! Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Thank you so much, Edie! I'll be printing this list out and keeping it close by.

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  9. Edie, great words this morning. Thank you and like others, I will print out and keep close by my computer.

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  10. Thanks, Edie, what a great list.

    One thing I also pray is for God to keep me from get sidetracked by things the enemy throws in my path to draw me away from what God wants me to do. Put on the things God gives you to fight with. Then you will not fall into the traps of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11 NLV)

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  11. These scriptures are wonderful reminders of the whole purpose we are writing.
    Thank you for sharing.

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