Wednesday, May 31, 2023

21 Bible Verses to Use 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 Bible Verses 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!

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Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through her camera lens. She’s a writer who feels lost without that device & an unexpected speaker who loves to encourage an audience. She also embraces the ultimate contradiction of being an organized creative. She knows the necessity of Soul Care and leads retreats, conferences & workshops around the world on staying connected to God. Her numerous books, including the award-winning Soul Careseries & reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts. Her blog, The Write Conversation is recognized as one of the top 101 industry resources. 

She and husband Kirk have been married 40+ years and raised three sons. They live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and can often be found hiking—with Edie clinging to the edge of a precipice for the perfect camera angle and Kirk patiently carrying her camera bag and tripod. Connect with her on her website, and through social media.

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  1. Thank you, Edie, for this precious list of verses. This post is a keeper!

  2. This is priceless advice. Thank you.

  3. Edie, these are great -- thanks for the suggestions. I have to grab writing time in snatches, so one thing I pray is that God helps me focus and get words on the page instead of being distracted by my to-do list, social media, email, etc.

    Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Proverbs 4:25 MSG

  4. This is a great list, Edie. Like MaryAnn said, "This post is a keeper." I pray Psalm 19:14 before I speak, but I also apply it to my writing: May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

  5. Edie, you have such a gift for taking complex ideas and packaging them as gifts to help writers grow. Thank you!

  6. This list is a jewel! It can be applied to writing plus to various other areas of life.Thank you for sharing!

  7. Pure gold, Edie. I'm printing this to hang on the wall over my desk. If I could add one more, it would be to ask God to remind me constantly that my job is to reflect His light. "Arise and shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you." Isaiah 60:1

  8. Thank you for this list of scriptures!

  9. Thank you for sharing your scripture prayers. At 63 years old, I've journaled and written so much that I usually keep as private. I needed to hear from you how to not allow insecurities and not feeling qualified keep me from freeing my writing up for others. God bless you!