written by Marion Duckworth, Prayer Team Member
Lord, I realize that I have been remiss in praying for Oregon Christian Writers because “I, me, and mine” has gotten in the way. Do I imagine that organizations like Oregon Christian Writers can succeed without prayer? That Satan will not persist in roaring like a lion in order to decimate us—especially in these days of time and financial constraints?
Who should be more steadfast in prayer? Speakers and workshop leaders have reinvigorated me. They have given me ideas when I’ve been stuck and prompted me not to give in or give up. From them and other members I have learned ways to hone my skills. Forgive me for taking this organization for granted.
Remind me to keep Oregon Christian Writers on my prayer list. May I not be all fire and fizzle. I want to stand firm, letting nothing but move me out of Your will. I want to use my writing skills to honor God. When I lag behind or wander off the path, prod me to return.
I know that your Holy Spirit will give me the words. “We do not know what we ought to pray for,” Paul wrote, “but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (Romans 8:26–27 niv). My responsibility is to take time, be quiet before God and listen.
Not everyone in Oregon Christian Writers will write a book that makes it to number 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. But every one of us can pray. Keep us faithful to do that regularly.