Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pray for Each Other

Thursdays - Devotions for Writers

"With this in mind, we constantly pray for you,
that our God may count you worthy of his calling,
and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose
of yours and every act prompted by your faith."
(2 Thes. 1:11 NIV)

How would you feel if someone told you they were committed to praying for you - and specifically, what God had in store for your writing?

Would it overwhelm you?

Humble you?

Bless you?

I felt all three when a friend committed to praying for us. Annette and I love this author. We love her heart, her enthusiasm for her relationship with the Lord – and yes, we love her writing. Knowing that she’s petitioning the Lord to bless our writing and careers feels awesome!

Annette and I pray for each other, as well as our other two friends in our critique group. As we know, Christians aren’t immune from personal, relational, spiritual, physical, or financial struggles. And that includes writers.

We’ve known authors who have dealt with diseases that crippled their writing for a season. At this very moment, there are writers who are in painful relationships. Some are wondering if they’re going to be able to pay this month’s mortgage. And who, even after great success, question their ability to again write anything worth reading.

God has given us a purpose in our writing. Fiction or non-fiction. Articles, devotions, or novels. It’s important to include our heavenly Father in this journey. If we’re not writing for Him, then who are we writing for? (Ohhhh . . . scary thought!)

Let’s commit to praying for each other—perhaps choosing several writers to specifically keep in prayer. Whether we know them personally, or not—whether they’re successful, or just beginning their journey—so that God may find us and our writing worthy of His calling.


1 comment:

  1. I love this, Dawn. You're right, it's such a gift when someone offers to pray for us. And we can offer the same gift to others, too, even if they don't ever know that's what we're doing. Thanks for this post!


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