Have You Asked?

A couple weeks ago, a friend invited me to spend some time at the beach with her. I live in North Carolina, so we went to a beach in this state.

The day before we were scheduled to leave for our beach trip, a hurricane blew through the coast of North Carolina. Fortunately, the place we were staying at was left intact and accessible—the downed trees had missed the dwelling but lay nearby.

Have You Asked?

While at the beach, my friend and I took a boat tour to a deserted barrier reef island. We planned to look for seashells while there since seashells are plentiful right after a hurricane.

I was especially looking for conch shells and delighted to find some. While most of the shells I found were in good condition, none were as perfect as I would have liked.

Right before we left the beach, I went to the water to wash the sand off my hands. As I made my way back up the shore, two conch shells appeared on the sand in front of me. They were identical and perfect.

I picked them up and showed them to my friend. As I gave her one, she told me that she had prayed as we combed the beach that I would find a perfect conch shell.

I was touched. I had not thought to pray about this. Yet my friend prayed on my behalf, and our good God answered her prayer to show both her and me that he listens and cares for us.

James tell us “You do not have because you do not ask God.” (James 4:2)

Jesus says “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)

That day on the beach was a gentle reminder to me that I do not ask enough. What about you? Are you asking for God to use the words you have written and published to touch people’s lives?

Are you asking God…

  • For your book to find its way into the hands of those who need the message?
  • For divine appointments for networking opportunities?
  • That the message he has given you to share will not return void?
  • For doors to open for publicity opportunities?
  • For guidance on where to spend your meager marketing dollars?
  • For wisdom on where to spend your marketing time?
  • That the people who need your words of encouragement will find them?
  • For God to bless the work of your hands (your writing and books)?

If you are struggling with marketing and selling your books, pray. Ask God for guidance and blessings for your efforts. After all, God is still in the business of answering prayer.

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A Prayer for Writers

My son graduated from high school this year and is enrolled in a university for his college degree. One of the courses that this university offers as an elective course (and which fulfills a required general education credit) unnerves me:

A Prayer for Writers

 

“Magic and Religion Ancient incantations and adjurations, spells and amulets, magic words, prophecy, divination – in what ways can and do religious practices, ideas and ritual intersect with magic? To answer these questions (or, at least, try to), we’ll begin by studying what ‘religion’ and ‘magic’ mean for scholars. Then we’ll explore how magic and religion overlap in both ancient and modern societies – including some of our own time.”

Sadly, I did not see a similar general education course offered on Christianity or the Bible for students to choose from.

As Christian authors and publishers we sometimes need to be reminded that our work is important. We are in a war. Our fight is about demolishing arguments and every proud thing that is raised against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Earlier this year—before the pandemic hit—I was honored to be a key note speaker at the Capital Christian Writers Fellowship writers conference. This group of writers had compiled a handbook for praying for your writing life titled Prayers for Writers.

The following prayer, written by Jean Soehnlin, is from that book. May it bless you and your writing efforts.Prayers for Writers

Heavenly Father,

Bless me with confidence in the anointing You have given me to write. Behold I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word. (Luke 1:38)

Open my eyes and ears and heart to hear Your whispers of truth and love You have for me and those You want me to share them with.

Protect me from the lies and deceit of the evil one. May I rest confidently in Your truths and in my anointing, rather than getting sidetracked by doubts, insecurities, and distractions.

Bless my writing ministry, Father God. May my pen flow with Your words and message burning in my heart to share with others, to bring healing and hope to hurting hearts.

Bless my writing time, that it would be productive and fruitful.

May I be able to grasp how wide and deep and long is Your love for me as I write and always.

Amen.

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