Prayers for Writers – Additional Information

Submission Format:

  • MSWord compatible format; Ariel, Times New Roman, or Calibri, 12 font size, double
    spaced
  • Not more than one page
  • Images submitted separately

 

Additional Information:

 

Book Editorial Group:
Betsey Kodat, Chief Project Editor, CCWF Prayer Coordinator,
Sarah Hamaker, President CCWF, Johnese Burtram, VP CCWF,
Stephanie Buckwalter, Tech Coordinator

This is the back story and examples of prayers to prime your creativity and devotion as we seek to support our fellow writers with our prayers to the God of all grace who shepherds our writing to give  grace, encouragement, and assistance.

Why we are creating Prayers for Writers?

We as Christian writers want God’s help to write well—but we don’t always focus on asking him. We are intent on improving our writing; we get caught up in our story or article. We know that writing and praying go hand- in- hand for Christian writers, but sometimes the details of the writing life rise and take over all our time. We see why prayer is important for our writing; but we don’t always have time to figure out how to pray.

“Where two or three are gathered together,” Jesus promised, “there I am in the midst of them.” (Matt. 18:20 KJV) Have you noticed that prayer is easier when you pray with someone else? When writers read these prayers, they will be praying alongside those who wrote the prayers contained in the book.

The purpose of our compilation is to become a part of this fellowship where Jesus is in the midst. We assume an abundance mentality. We are free to pray for one another and to desire one another’s success. Praying does this amazing thing—it binds us to God in a circle of goodness. When we pray for others, it binds both us and them to God in an even larger circle of goodness. Writing can be an exhilarating but lonely pursuit. When we pray for each other—we make a true fellowship. That is what we want to create with Prayers for Writers.

These prayers represent the prayers of a writing community, so when you pray using them, you join that community.

Considerations as you write for Prayers for Writers:

Thou who sendest forth the light, creates the morning, makest the sun to rise on the good and on the evil, enlighten the blindness of our minds with the knowledge of the truth; Lift Thou up the light of Thy countenance upon us, that in Thy light we may see light and at the last in the light of grace (behold) the light of glory. (Lancelot Andrewes, in John Darch and Stuart Burns, Saints on Earth, p. 157)

Focused Prayers:

The ordering of the anthology will follow the topics listed below. When submitting, you’ll be asked to choose which of these topics best fits your prayer(s).

 

  • Begin with Praise

Think about:
As you prepare to praise God, jot down the things about God which support writing, and specifically your writing.
What is the most important to you?
What aspect of God’s character do you need to keep in vision today?

Examples
I praise You, Father, for who you are. As a writer, I delight in your multi-dimensional character and what you mean to me.

Father, it is an honor to be in your coterie of Christian writers.

I praise you, Holy Spirit, that you are the God of communication. I praise you that you were the first communicator—you told creation to stand up and it did.  Communication… By a word you created the universe in all its beauty and diversity. You sent Your Son, the Word of God.

I praise you, Lord God, that you are the all-present God, present with me. You are both audience to what I write and inspiration to what I write.

Praise you that you are the inspiration behind all words, all thoughts, all books, all communication.

 

  • Prepare Ourselves to Write 

Think about:
What sins keep you from writing well?
What do you consider your strengths a as writer?    Your weaknesses?
Might some of your weaknesses be impacting you right now?    What do you need to do to overcome them?

Examples
Forgive me for selfishness, a sin which will tarnish my writing.

Forgive me for overestimating or underestimating my power as a writer. Give me humility and a teachable spirit.

Father, my dreams are good, but forgive me when they become an idol that is more important to me than You or my loved ones are.

Father, forgive me when I misuse words and they hurt others. Help people forgive me or they will not be able to “un-hear” my words. (“Fretting over Democrats’ Leftward Lurch, Beating Trump , by Jenna Johnson and Greg Jaffe, Washington Post, August 4, 2019).

Father, forgive me for speaking or writing too quickly—dashing something off and not taking the time I need to make it right. Forgive me also when I hold on to something too long and do not release it to Your purpose. Give me balance.

 

  • Strengthen Ourselves With Thanksgiving

Think about:
I will thank God for the pleasure given me through my senses, the glory of the thunder, the mystery of music, the singing of a bird, the laughter of children. I will thank God for the pleasure of seeing…Truly O Lord, the earth is full of thy riches. How much more I will thank him and praise God for the strength of my body enabling me to work…for the gift of mind, for his loving guidance of my mind ever since it first began to think, and of my heart ever since it first began to love. (Appropriate Words, Edward King, p. 5).

Litany of Thanksgiving (portions from Book of Common Prayer, p. 836-837)

Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us.
For the beauty and wonder of your creation in earth and sky and sea
We thank You, Lord.
For all this gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ
We thank You, Lord.
For minds to think and hearts to love and hands to serve.
We thank You, Lord.
For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play.
We thank You, Lord.
For all valiant seeker after truth, liberty, and justice,
We thank You, Lord.
Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord;
To him be praise and glory with You, O Father, and the Holy Spirit now and forever Amen.

Examples
Father, thank you for the King James Version of the Bible, the bold translation which has colored the English language down to our very day. Thank you that Christians have always been on the forefront of teaching reading and writing, from the first days in the colonies

I thank you, Lord, for the gift of writing, as a means of expressing ourselves as your children. I thank you for literacy, fluency and power in communication, and for those who are gifts in this area.

I thank you, Father, for the many hours I’ve spent enjoying book, thinking and learning and pondering what someone said. How many moments have I been lost in thought?

I thank You, Providence, that you are the God of story. You write events that lead to a conclusion; you work through us. We get to be part of your story.

I thank you for organizations devoted to communication—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Thank you for all forms of media and social media, for libraries, books, publishers, newspaper and journalists.

Is it too much to ask, Lord? But could you please let me write thank you notes to the authors still living who have inspired me with their books? Shouldn’t writers have a living web of connection through the written word.

 

  • Devote our Work to God

Think about:
Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer (Ps. 19:14)

We pray that thou wilt cleanse our souls from the darkness of nature; that thou wilt brood upon us, and bring from chaos out of the furnace of creation all ordered things. (Henry Ward Beecher, Appropriate Words, p. 21)

A writer of faith sees evidence of God’s glory in nature and wants o find appropriate words to describe it. That writer, too, want sot understand the world and ach persons’ place in it. That write too, wants to understand the dynamics of community, and the tension of individual believe. That writer, too, wants to understand what it means to be a write and to exercise his gift faithfully. The writer of faith recognizes the call to live up to an identity as God’s image bearer. (Acceptable Words, p. xiii-xiv).

I have work to do, I have a busy world around me; eye, ear, and thought will all be needed for that work, done in and amidst that busy world; now ere I enter upon it, I would commit eye, ear, thought, and wish to thee. Do thou bless them and keep their work thine… (Appropriate Words, Thomas Arnold, p. 23-24).

Examples
Father God, I devote my writing to You. I declare that I rely on You for everything. I want to write today in the counsel and power of the Holy Spirit, in company with Jesus, whom I follow. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Father, I place my life and work in your hands as I speak to you right now. I praise and thank you for everything that will happen in my life and work—the planned and unplanned, the serendipity and the expected. At the end of the day, remind me to sit and take note of what you have done and to thank you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Father, thoughts crowd me, and but help me to bundle them up and leave them with you. You are able to do what I cannot. I know you can make them a bundle of beauty, though I cannot imagine how. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

  • Focus on our Writing Mission

Always call me back to your best plans. (Pray the Scriptures Bible, Kevin Johnson, Ed., p. 41).

Think about:
Have you written a writing mission statement?    Clarify what you feel called to write.

Pray about your writing mission.    Write it down.

What Jesus mission could have looked like:
As my Father’s beloved Son, and the radiance of his glory, I represent God’s love to the world.
I became human and am anointed with the Spirit of God in order to teach and preach and give my life as a ransom for sinners.
I invite people to eternal life by believing in me. I will be with them and return to bring them home.
Based on (Matt. 3:17, Heb. 1:3, John 3:16, 1:14, Luke 4:18-19, Mark 10:45, John 3:16, 14:2, John 17:24, Matt. 28:20)

Example
As a writer called to write prayers, I hope to use my passions for prayer in order to write prayers and leave my daughters an inheritance of books they can build a life around.

 

  • Prayer for Excellence in Writing

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning, I lay my request before you and wait expectantly for what you will do for ____ (Ps. 5:1-3).

Think about:
What do you remember as a key to good writing?    When did you learn it?    How?

What supports help you most?

Examples
Father, let my writing stay grounded in the real world, full of created things, “the miracle of the maple tree bark, the cracks in a sidewalk, the smell of salty pretzels. the beat of the sun at the high altitude, the lonely cry of a train whistle across the cornfields the slight twist in the dying man’s note, the gait of the border collie, the pulled back hair of the high school volleyball player, the bleary-eyed determination of this one girl with a head cold, trudging to school among all the other student. (Appropriate Words, p. 3).

Lord God, save me from procrastination, the continual rearranging of books and papers, ever visiting new websites and following new rabbit trails. Let me catch sight of my goal and stay focused until I have sharpened and honed my words to capture the vision. I know I will be amazing—I myself will learn from my own writing because you are in it.

Father, I pray that you will work the habit of excellence into my writing. As I write, please help me write with cleanliness, accuracy, and brevity. Help me find the most direct, simple way to communicate my theme. Give me the power of self-editing, fearlessly cutting even my pet phrases when necessary for the larger mission of the piece I’m working on.

Father, teach me over and over again the good principles of usage and form so that others may get my message understand me well. Help my write to a plan and work from it.

Father, keep me learning about and honing my skill with every word I write every.

Father, You know where my writing is weak and why. Please send me good editors, friends who speak truth to me and help me shore up my writing so that it can shine into the hearts of my readers and carry the right tone and force to help them go further on the journey of life.

Father, give me writers who will accompany me on the journey of life. Let me support people, not for my own reputation, but for yours. And your glory always includes good for people—for both my readers and me.  Thank you in advance.

Father, when my work is ready, help me get my message out—to get the right editor, the right kind of publisher, the readers who will receive my words. May the world benefit from in the way that you orchestrate.

Father, my times are in your hands; be with me as we write. Guide my writing process. Give me a voice that is clear and simple and loving. Let it nestle down into the hearts of those who need my words

Father, help me make time to read, read, read. What an amazing means you have given us to learn our craft. Such joy there is in reading, and so often we feel we do not have time to enjoy the journeys books take us on. They are our friends, our traveling companions.

(Measures of excellence referenced in these examples are taken from The Elements of Style, Strunk and White.)

 

  • Submitting our Work to God

At some point, we must disengage from our hard work, and let it be done. We leave our writing in God’s capable hands.

Think about:
Think once more about your dreams for your pieces of writing.    What do you want it to accomplish?

How hard is it to let it go?    What makes it easy or hard?    Praise God for what makes it easy to let go and praise God for what makes it hard to let it go.

Examples
I commit my work to You, Lord; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun (Ps. 37:5-6).

I trust in you, Lord, with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight. (Prov. 3:5-6).

Father, I confess that I love this piece of work. I have spent so much time with it—it is like a child to me, a part of myself. And I need to let it go and let you take it from here. I release this book/song/poem/article/ to the future and purpose you have for it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

  • Finish with Blessing

Think of your writing friends

What would do you wish for him/her

Examples
Father, bless my fellow writers with powerful words which can do good for the world. May we writers become more human.

Lord God, bless my fellow writers with joy in their writing. May they see the fruit of their labor. Engage readers.

Almighty God, bless my fellow writers with hope and vision.

 

We look forward to receiving your prayer submission(s)