A Prayer For Our Writing, by Sarah Frazer
The cursor blinks on the blank page. Empty. White. Full of potential. The blank slate can either feel intimidating or inspiring. How does that cursor feel to you? Each year we get a new beginning and we need to make time to make goals for the new year.
When a new year rolls around, I usually sit with my pen and a notebook and make a plan. I’m a planner girl at heart and I love lists. Making goals and dreams for the new year is always so exhilarating. Where is my writing going to take me? What should I write? What should I focus on this year?
This year, as I brought out my planner and notebook, I sat with my pen in hand and stopped. The word “I” and “my” suddenly appeared all over my pages. Wait. Where was God in all of my planning? Inside my heart, I felt His nudge, “Why don’t you pray over this?”
Proverbs 16:1 says, “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord” (ESV). That means our words are really from God. And then verse 3 continues with, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Another translation says to “entrust your work…” It is easy to trust my goals and dreams to God, but my writing? For this year, God is asking me to entrust my writing to Him.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
You have placed this dream of writing in my heart. It is not a hobby but a calling. I might not believe it is from you, but I feel the burning inside me to write. You have called me to this profession. It doesn’t matter if I ever write a book or publish a piece of my writing. I put the words on paper because You have called me to do so. And those You call, You equip. Give me wisdom and direction as I go into this next year.
Let me use my writing to draw near to You. The distractions will come, but as I draw closer and closer to You this year, I want to see You. Let my writing be a way to commune with You. Others might not understand what I write or even understand my calling, but You do. And I want to use this tool of writing to connect with You.
The words I write are for a reader and for a purpose. But this reader, she is not mine. This reader is Yours. She is loved and treasured by You. Let me write to the woman who is loved by You and needs Your hope today. Keep her first in my mind when I go to share my words.
Sometimes I forget my purpose. Remind me again of Your glory, Your name and Your renown. This is the reason I write. Whether the words are shared or hidden away, I pray those words will speak of You and who You are.
I praise You for this dream of writing. I praise You for these plans. I entrust them to You. Please take my writing and use it. The words are safe with You. My words are safe with You.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Will you join me and pray over your writing this year? God is with us. Let us start this new year looking to Jesus. Even if you don’t know where the writing is going to go, you can begin with prayer.
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