Are you a writer or an aspiring writer? Do you long to write for the glory of God, to be a prophetic scribe who serves the world with words from Heaven? If so, then today's radical prayer is for you. It's Radical Prayer #19: a prayer for the pen of a ready writer.
Before we get to the sample prayer for writers below, I want to encourage you in your writing gift in three areas:
1. First, your message is important. Someone else needs to hear what YOU have to say.
No matter what your message is about, if it glorifies God then it is important. You don't have to write a book of sermons to glorify God. You can glorify God while writing anything! You can glorify God using your education, skills, creativity, or anything other talent He has given you.
Whether your message is about cooking, DIY/home improvement, travel, mothering, being a dad, homeschooling, stocks and bonds, entrepreneurship, teaching children, how to get into college, or anything else–including, of course, even if your message is about teaching the Word–you can help somebody with that message:
- The Lord can use you to bring up somebody's quality of life.
- You can release the Kingdom (which is righteousness, peace, joy, and power from Holy Spirit) into somebody's life.
- You can inspire someone–put breath in them–and all godly inspiration comes from God. Inspiration is a touch from God, and the touch of God always brings people higher.
2. Secondly, know that you DO have something to write because you are the only person in the world with your story.
God has done something in your life, and you are the only person He has EVER done it for. No one else in the whole world can ever say that God did for them exactly what He did for you … because no one else has lived your life.
This means that your testimony is a testimony of the wonderful works of God. It also means that your testimony is unique, and if you don't write your testimony and write about the wonderful works of God in your own life, the knowledge of them will be lost.
Please don't let that happen.
Let me say it again:
If you don't write your story, then the knowledge of the wonderful works of God in your life will vanish from the face of the earth. Please, please, please don't let that happen.
Instead, write your story so that God's manifold works in your life–all of which are completely unique to you and your story–can be shouted to the generations after you, both in your family and to everyone with whom your family members come into contact around the world.
3. You don't have to write 25,000 pages in order to fulfill God's call on your life to write.
You can start simply. You can start today.
For example, you can start by writing in your journal, and keep those journals for your children to enjoy after you. You can even share photos of important notes from your journal on social media, thus being a witness for Christ and encouraging others with your story and with what the Lord shows you!
If you aspire to write a book, you could start today by jotting down some bullet points of various things you desire to say in that book. Keep adding to your list of bullet points over a period of days as you pray about your book. Then, listen to the podcast below, in which I teach what to do next–and how to turn those bullet points into the book you have dreamed of writing.
If you want to write a cookbook, begin today to research how to take really pretty photos of food. You can do this simply and affordably! Then, begin making one meal per week from your original recipes that you want to put in your cookbook, taking photos of the cooking process along the way.
Think about this:
- By this time next year, YOUR COOKBOOK could be in your hands–and helping people around the world eat yummy, fabulous food that they made themselves!
- By this time next year, YOUR BIBLE STUDY book could be in your hands.
- By this time next year, YOUR MARRIAGE ADVICE BOOK could be in your hands–and your story could be helping to heal hurting marriages right in your own town!
- By this time next year, YOUR DAUGHTER could be holding a completed, very special journal or journaling Bible you made just for her, filled with your notes, prayers, and wisdom for HER life.
Can you imagine it?
Wouldn't that be amazing?
It is. Let me tell you, as the author of five printed books so far and several more ebooks, there is NOTHING like opening the box containing your VERY FIRST COPIES of YOUR OWN BOOK. Nothing like it. The anticipation … opening the box … holding the books in your hand … dedicating those books to the glory of God.
There's nothing like it. Even if no one else EVER read your book ever in the future of the world, writing that book would be worth doing just for the glory of God.
That brings me to my next point:
4. God is a writer, and it glorifies Him when you write.
God loves to write. He breathed out the entire Bible. The Scriptures tell us:
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The phrase “given by inspiration of God” in the passage above literally means “God-breathed.” It means that every word in the Bible was breathed out by God Himself, through the listening ear and willing hand of the Lord's scribes who physically wrote the books of the Bible down.
Since our ultimate destiny is to become like Jesus, it glorifies God and makes you more like Jesus when you write. Shouldn't we all be writing, then–if for no other purpose than to conform to the character and image of Christ?
Word. (Literally) 🙂
Answer: Yes, we should. 🙂
And you know what? That means, since God is a writer, and He was a writer way back then …
5. God will help you write. He will breathe out the words to you if you will listen to Him and write them down.
God was a writer, has always been a writer, and He is STILL a writer. This means that He will STILL breathe out His words to people with a listening ear and a ready pen. People with the pen of a ready writer, you might say. 🙂
Psalm 45:1 says this:
“My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer” (Psalm 45:1).
In this verse, the Psalmists–the sons of Korah, in this instance–are talking about praising the Lord, the King. But they reference something I want you to see here: the pen of a ready writer. They are saying that their tongues are instantly ready to praise God with, just like the pen of a ready writer is instantly ready to write.
What I want you to see here is that the pen of a ready writer exists.
“The pen of a ready writer” simply references the pen (or tools, if you're typing on your computer) of someone who is instantly ready to write for the glory of God. Also, they are describing the pen of someone who takes initiative to write, for words cannot write themselves–just as praises cannot flow off someone's tongue all by themselves.
The pen of a ready writer is the pen (or tool) that you pick up voluntarily and use to extol the Lord in written form–just like the tongue that recites the praises of God (as referenced in Psalm 45:1) must speak of God's glory at the will of the owner.
It's easy to sit down and write if you understand that the Lord wants to write through you.
He will help you desire and actually DO whatever His good pleasure is. And since the Word tells us God is a writer, then it is absolutely His will for you to write too. All you have to do is sit down, take up your pen, ask Him for help, and begin.
Now that we have those things covered, let's pray together for the pen of a ready writer, shall we?
Pray this with me:
“Dear Heavenly Father, I come before You in Jesus' name.
Father God, thank You that Your Word says you are a writer. You are the Author and the Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). You are the One who wrote down every day of my life in Your books before any of them existed (Psalm 139:16). And You are the One who breathed out Scripture to Your scribes who listened, writing down what You spoke.
Father God, I am currently benefiting from what You have written over the centuries and millennia. Thank You, Lord, for taking the time to write for me. Thank You for giving others the pen of a ready writer so that I might read Your Word, thousands of years later.
Abba Father, I want to serve You the same way that Your scribes and prophets of old served You with their writing. I desire to write, Lord, but I need Your help. And I come to You right now in Jesus' name with full assurance that, what You have done for others, You will do for Me.
Lord God of Heaven and earth, and my Father, I ask right now in Jesus' name that You would give me the pen of a ready writer.
I know this means that I have to choose to pick up the pen and write, Lord; so I surrender myself right now to Your call to write. I surrender myself to conform to Your image in this way, right now. But Lord, without You I can do nothing–and yet I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
So Father, in Jesus' name, please help me as I surrender to write for your glory:
- Please fill me with wisdom and inspiration as I write.
- Give me Your motivation.
- Help me remember to pray before, during, and after I write.
- Give me ears to hear, eyes to see, and a nose to smell Your fragrance–that I may write Your words only.
Father, I ask that You would literally write through me. Dictate into my ears what You would have me say.
Tune my hearing into Your frequency. Help me discern and distinguish Your voice from all others. Use me as one of Your scribes, Father, and help me to write exactly what You want me to say.
Father, if my hearing gets off and I get confused or lose Your train of thought, help me to realize it. Show me by Your Holy Spirit where I got off-track, and help me to go back there and begin again under Your anointing.
Give me wisdom to write, Lord.
Your Word says that, if any person lacks wisdom, they can ask and You will give them wisdom. Well, Lord, in my own natural self I lack wisdom in this area. So, Father, in Jesus' name I ask You for wisdom–super-abundant wisdom.
Please give me wisdom to know what to write, Lord. Give me wisdom to know how to write it. Give me wisdom to write purposefully, picking up my pen or sitting down with my computer and actually putting words to the page.
Father, please don't ever let me use Your inspiration or my own feelings as excuses.
Don't let me ever say that I don't feel inspired to write. Instead, help me to step out in faith, knowing that You have answered my prayer for the pen of a ready writer; and that, as soon as I step out in faith and begin writing, You will help me and write through me by my faith.
Abba Father, Your Word is the original creative force–and I need all the creativity I can get.
So make me a man/woman of Your Word, Lord:
- Let Your Word dwell in me richly.
- Help me to eat Your Word for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Help me to ruminate on it and chew it up every moment of every day.
- Let me write Your Word on my clothes, on my walls, on the doorposts and gates of my house.
Help me to read Your Word more than ever before, Lord, and help me get more out of it than I ever have before. Change my heart, Lord, and help me be diligent and faithful to study Your Word. As I do, I know that Your Word–which is the original creative force–will dwell in me in its full power, and You will help me to create and be creative all day long.
Abba Father, in Jesus' name, please help me to obey You in this area of writing.
- Anoint me to write.
- Write through me.
- Help me to write my story and whatever You want me to say.
- Help me to be proactive and choose to sit down and make progress with my writing every day.
- Help me to know what to write and how to write it.
- And Father, let it be all for Your glory.
Thank You, Papa God, for giving me the pen of a ready writer.
Your Word says that, anything I ask in prayer, believing, I shall receive (Matthew 21:22). So I have asked in faith for the pen of a ready writer. I have asked in faith for the anointing to write; I have asked in faith that You would help me write, and that it would all be for Your glory.
Therefore, Lord, I believe You have given me what I asked for. Thank You. I love You, and I am so thankful for Your generosity and lovingkindness to me.
Thank You, Abba Father. I love You. In Jesus' mighty and precious name, amen.”
My friend, if you prayed that prayer with me, you just received the pen of a ready writer. The Spirit of the Lord is upon you to write. Will you pick up your pen and see what He has to say? Start now and leave a comment below, sharing your story if this word and prayer were for you!