A Writer’s Prayer

Hi readers, today I’ve done some heart searching and I’ve come to the realization that I’ve got it all wrong, so this post is a confession of mine, and a new beginning in my writing career.

Okay, so the writer’s prayer…. Well, what is it? I think we’re all guilty of it, and it doesn’t stop with writers. I think every Christian has prayed this prayer at some point in their lives. Some may not like what I’m about to say, but I’m going to say it.

What I’ve been praying all along for my writing is this, “God, use my books and my writing for your glory.”

Okay, what was so bad about that? Notice the word my in that prayer. Slowly it has become more about me and my books than God and His spirit. The same goes for Christian’s who want to impact the world. We pray, “God, use us today for your glory.”

I want you to be honest for a moment. What does your heart pray when you pray that? For me, my heart is saying, “God, use me more than that other writer. Use me more than that other Christian. I want to be the one to make the impact.”

How selfish is that? I’m guilty, but thanks to God’s mercy and grace He’s given me another chance, and shown me the error of my way. If we want to reflect God’s heart, we need to decrease, so He can increase! We need to stop praying “God use me,” and instead pray, “God, move in me and around me today.” God should take the highest place, and should be evident in everything we do.

God’s not moving because all these Christian’s are praying to be used. And God is just sitting in the sidelines saying, “Could I actually come in and do what I want to do?”

So, instead of wanting to be the impact, allow God to move, and it’s okay when God uses someone other than you. It’s not your fault. You’ve done nothing wrong. Go out and rejoice that God is moving and using every one for His glory. Reflecting God’s heart can only be done if we decrease.

Jesus’ ministry wasn’t about Himself, it was about His father. Go out and live the same way.

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6 thoughts on “A Writer’s Prayer

  1. How easy it is for pride to creep in. It’s always been prevalent in human history; I have been attending a weekly bible study and we are reading through the Book of Isaiah – nations with LOTS of pride detailed in there, lol! One thing that came to mind as I was reading your post was a quote from our bible study commentary – “When we convince ourselves that the good things we acquire are solely the result of our own hard work, intelligence, or ability, we allow pride to blind us from seeing God’s goodness and provision.” We can only do what we do (writing or anything else!) because He gave us the grace to do it!

    Given that Jesus said in Luke 3:8 “Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.” and that again in Luke 19:40 ” “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”, it reminds us that really, in God’s plan, we are superfluous and it is a great privilege to be used in any part of it.

    Keeping an open heart before God, one that listens and responds like you are doing is one that can certainly shine His light in the world!

    Thanks for sharing – it’s a great reminder to all of us that we must, each of us, search our hearts for subtle pride and guard our hearts against it.

    1. Thanks for the thoughts fivepeasinapod! You’re right, pride can, and does, come in in ways we never think of. Sometimes we don’t even realize it. It’s true that God doesn’t need us to further His kingdom, yet He chooses us because He wants us. That’s a great privilege and one we often times take for granted. We’re serving the King of Kings, how could we be self minded when it comes to furthering His kingdom and going about His business?
      God bless and thanks again for the comment, greatly appreciated! God willing more posts will come.

  2. That’s the Spirit in action Luc! may it continue to move throughout your blog!
    How good is God’s grace and mercy that we can be washed clean and made a new!
    God bless,
    CJR Odyssey

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