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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: A Writer's Prayer
By Joan Campbell
05/19/10


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My Father

Thank You for the gift You have given me, the ability to craft images and thoughts with words. These words can bring laughter and joy. They can touch hearts and shine hope through sorrow, friendship through loneliness, conviction through sin. You know the great power of words for You have spoken to our hearts through your Bible, a book infused with Your life and love.

Yet, Lord, I fear sometimes that I donít use this gift as you wish me to. At best, I use it for common purposes Ė in idle chatter to a friend or to write a letter of rebuke. At worst I use it selfishly to gain glory for myself, as opposed to glory for your Name.

I think of Mosesí staff, a common stick of wood. Had he not allowed You to use him and work through it, it would have remained only that. Yet, in Your hands, it devoured evil, parted a sea and brought forth a stream of water to quench thirst.

Use my writing to consume evil, to make a way forward and to bring people to the banks of Your river of life.

I think of Davidís sling, the toy of a child. Had he not allowed You to guide his hand and trusted You for victory, he would not have defeated a giant, put to chase an enemy and lifted up Your Name throughout the nations.

Use my writing to defeat overwhelming issues, to chase away those that seek to destroy Your people, and to lift up your Name.

I think of the boy with a meagre meal of bread and fish. Had he not placed them in Your Sonís hands, he would never have seen You feed thousands, bringing healing and hope, and drawing lives into Your kingdom.

Use my writing to feed people, to bring wholeness and hope and to draw others into Your kingdom.

Lord, use my whole life, including this gift as You see fit. To reach a nation or a single heart, as You will it.

I know that this will require change. No longer can I write for the acclaim of others. Cause me to care more about the praise that flows from Your heart than the praise that pours from peopleís lips.

I know that it will require me to draw constantly closer to You. To seek You always in prayer and in Your Word, so that the words I write are true, guided by You and filled with your wisdom. Give me a heart that yearns for You Lord.

Anoint me and my gift, as you anointed Moses and his staff, David and his sling, the boy and his meal.

Sing to the Lord; bless His name,
Each day proclaim the good news that He saves.
Publish his glorious deeds among the nations,
Tell everyone about the amazing things He does.*


May my life and gift bless Your Name, Lord. May they always proclaim your saving grace and publish your glorious deeds among the nations.

Amen

***

Authorís Note:

* Psalm 96:2-3 (New Living Translation)


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Mary Knoll Santos05/24/10
Isn't this is the prayer of every Christ's disciple's heart as writer- a cleansed vessel for Him? I want to be like you, to commit to praying like you have as a gifted writer. God will honour this writer's prayer, because it will bring glory to His name when He is magnified. Thank you for ministering to me to re-examine my motives and prayer-life as a writer. God bless you richly in the work of your hands.
Susan Montaperto05/24/10
Thank for reminding me that is God who gives the gift of writing. This was a blessing to read.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/25/10
Amen and amen...beautiful prayer
Beth LaBuff 05/25/10
This is a beautiful prayer that flows from your writer's heart. I especially like your prayer that parallels the boy with bread and fish -- and praying that your writing be used to feed people. This is a powerful piece.
AnneRene' Capp 05/26/10
Excellent entry! Your heart of words ministered, nourished and convicted me. This is a beautifully blessed testimony. Amen and great job.
Margaret Kearley 05/27/10
This is beautiful, truthful and honest. Thank you so much. A heartfelt Amen.
Ruth Stromquist06/02/10
Amen and Amen! I was quickly drawn in, praying right along with you. This was just awesome. Thank you so much.