September Prayer Time

September Prayer Time

Written by: Sarah E. Pruitt, Prayer Team Member

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

Father God, thank You for Your Son and for loving us even when we sin. Please help us guard our hearts against anger and bitterness at real or imaginary slights and anything else that blocks Your plans for our lives.

Help us fill our hearts with good things—forgiveness, love, charity, and kindness. Father, remind us daily that what is inside us affects everything we say or do.

Father, thank You for our lives, creativity, and joy in writing.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 

August Prayer Time

Written by: Sandra Peterson, Prayer Team Member

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

Almighty, Holy God,

We are grateful for the plans You have for us and how You reveal them to us. Train our teachable hearts in obedience to Your will, not ours. Help us grow into our gifts while You strengthen our self-discipline. Empower our passion for writing with wisdom and equip us to boldly share Your love with others.

Keep us aware of Your Holy Spirit as He guides us away from fear and into faithfulness. When circumstances divert us, pull us back to rest in Your presence, to remember victory is already ours in Christ. Fortify us to persevere to the end and always for Your glory.

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

 

 

July Prayer Time

Written by: Suzi Lucas, Prayer Team Member

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2 (niv)

Father God, we thank You for being an awesome creative God! We need You constantly in our lives to keep us from conforming to this world. We ask You, Holy Spirit, to come alongside us and transform our minds so that our creativity reflects Yours. Renew our minds so that we are intentional in our spiritual growth, causing our writings to blossom with amazing creativity. Continue to work in our hearts, drawing us closer to You and teaching us what we need to know. Help us to keep focused, listening to Your Spirit for guidance. Give us discernment as we write and fill us with all that we need to bless our readers and give You the glory! We thank You that we can count on You for this life-changing transformation! We ask these things in Jesus’ name! Amen.

June Prayer Time

Written by: Darleen Beatty, Prayer Team Member

“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27 (niv)

Heavenly Father, You welcome us into Your family. You teach us that words matter. We long only to hear Your voice and share Your words with others during these troubled times. Thank You for Your promises, our Lord and God. Nothing is too hard for You.

Open wide the doors of inspiration so we as authors can encourage all to seek Your Holy Spirit. Direct our pens to write what will glorify You and inspire others. Lord, provide us with a window into your wisdom—to a place where the impossible becomes possible and Your glory reigns.

Thank You, Lord. You are the God of all mankind. You ask us, “Is anything too hard for me?” Let us remember that nothing is too hard for You. Nothing!

In the name of Jesus, Amen.

May Prayer Time

Written by: Donna Hues, Prayer Team Coordinator

 

“Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be held in awe above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols; but the Lord made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.” 1 Chronicles 16:23–27 RSV

It’s spring, Lord, and all the earth is proclaiming Your salvation and glory. May we declare Your praise through the written words You lead us to pen. There is no one in all the world like You, O Lord. Help us recognize self-made idols that hinder us from victorious living. May we praise, honor, and serve You more each day. You are our creator and redeemer. Holy Spirit, guard our hearts and minds from discouragement. May any honor or praise we receive from our writing endeavors bring glory to You alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

March / April Prayer Time

Written by: Barbara Rice, Prayer Team Member

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22–24 NIV

Lord, thank You for the opportunity to put my impatience and laziness before You to be crucified. This writing lifestyle bashes my fleshly desire to do something significant so that I may be worthy. In the fire of prayer for guidance, the hard work of writing, and the torture of never knowing enough, You have already made me worthy. Your grace has already accomplished everything I seek. The only things left are to play with words with all the joy and freedom of the children we are and to rest. It’s for You we labor, knowing You will accomplish your purposes with our obedience.

 

February Prayer Time

Written by: Sarah Pruitt, Prayer Team Member

“He found him in a desert land, and in the howling wasteland of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the apple of His eye.” Deuteronomy 32:10 NASB

Dear God. Thank You for coming to us in our hours of greatest need when we feel like we are nothing. When our prayers appear to be unanswered. When life feels lonely. Remind us in the midst of our deserts, both physical and spiritual, that we are the “apple of Your eye.” In Jesus’ name, Amen..

 

January Prayer Time

Written by: Sandra Peterson, Prayer Team Member

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will . . . rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV)

Gracious Lord, we begin a new year with minds focused on Your holiness and goodness. Make us conscious of Your presence. Help us acknowledge Your ownership of all we have and trust You to provide our needs. Quiet our restless hearts so that we may discover the peace of living in Your presence. Inspire all we speak and write for the sake of the gospel of Christ. Rather than quitting when it seems impossible, or stopping when it’s difficult, may Your Holy Spirit empower us to persevere and live by faith alone. Give us the grace and strength to endure and see any weakness on our part as an instrument through which You prove Your power. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

December 2021 Prayer Time

Written by: Donna Hues, Prayer Team Coordinator

 

“Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim good news of His salvation from day to day. Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.” 1 Chronicles 16:23–26 (NASB)

Heavenly Father, Lord of the universe, Redeeming Son, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit divine, hear the longings of our soul. We have often gone astray and followed the foolish leadings of the world. Forgive us and turn our hearts back to You, back to the roots of our salvation. In all the world, there is no one like You. May we bow before the manger of the Babe of Bethlehem, our Ransomer and King. And like the shepherds, may we spread the good news. Infuse our writings with Your message of forgiveness and great joy to all people. What an honor You have bestowed on us to be called Your children and what a great privilege to serve You through our words. May they send light into the darkness as a reflection of Your call on our lives. We ask this in the powerful name of Emmanuel, our God with us. Amen.

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