by Cherrilynn Bisbano
The W.R.I.T.E. Prayer
By Cherrilynn Bisbano
Writers write and called writers pray, then write. Has God called you to write for His kingdom? You must pray, my friend.
To be empowered and focused we must storm the gates of heaven before we write. We must lay our expectations, dreams, and difficulties at His feet. He alone is the reason we write.
As a speaker and prayer warrior, I found it easier to use acrostics. When I started writing, I desired to add writers to my prayer list and created this prayer tool. The Write Prayer helps me remember how to intercede for myself and authors.
The Write Prayer encourages us to pray:
W- Word of God
W- Word of God
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV
When we approach our keyboard, we desire an attitude that is ready to hear from God. Praying the Scriptures will reveal any indifference or anxiety keeping us from listening to the Spirit. If we approach writing with a selfish motive or bad attitude, the Word will convict us and get us back on track. Scripture also ignites ideas. Some example prayers:
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting Psalm 139:23-24 NIV
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. (Ephesians 3:16-20)
My prayer is not for them alone. I also pray for those who will believe in me through their message, John 17:20 NIV
We pray for readers to be moved and changed by our writing. They are the reason we write. We include ourselves in prayer because we read what God inspires us to write. Jesus prayed the above prayer for us as we proclaim His message. Pray for the readers (past, present, and future). We may never know the results of our offering until we get to Heaven. Trust God for the outcome. After all, He knew who will read it before time began.
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. Isaiah 58:11 NIV
The inspiration God gives us can be the catalyst to encourage, educate, heal, or inspire others. God empowers us to write. He has ordained all our works, so He will guide us as we pen, type, or dictate words (Ephesians 2:11). He alone knows our needs and the needs of others. We can pray for inspiration throughout our day. God will lead us to events, conversations, and situations to ignite ideas—even tough times he will call on us to stop, look, and listen.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV
God commands us to give thanks in all things, not for all things. He is with us in the difficult trials. He doesn’t expect us to thank Him for tragedy or loss. We can thank Him for His strength, peace, and love amidst the trying times. As writers, we can write about these times. What do we do if we can’t find the words to write?
Writer’s block can leave us discouraged, our head in our hand, wanting to pull our hair out. What can we do during our time of angst? Throw a Block Party with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thank God for enabling us to write for His Kingdom. Thank Him for the friendships formed as a writer. Thank Him for writer’s block and take this time to worship Him. We are not blocked; we have an all-access pass to the throne room of God. The ultimate goal in life is not to complete our manuscript, article, or blog; our main aim is Jesus; in finding Him, our anxiety lifts with our praises. We never waste time acknowledging the one in whom we find purpose.
E-Expectantly- James 1:6-7
Call to me and I will answer you and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. Jeremiah 33:3 ESV
Pray expecting great things from our Abba. He loves us. As God used men of old to pen His Word, He is using us to proclaim a message. Whether we are fiction or nonfiction writers, God has a message and wants to use us as a conduit to announce it. Only you can write what God has called you to write. Your unique voice matters.
Prayer is our connection to the power source—God. Prayer is constant contact with the one who loves us and proved it by writing our names on the palm of His hand. Let’s join in prayer against our enemy who tries to distract us from the work we are called to do—glorify God in all we think, do, say, and write. Let’s make prayer a priority.
May this acrostic help you focus as you pray for yourself and others. Know that I am praying The W.R.I.T.E. Prayer for each of you.