Prayerfully Speaking

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Prayers for Writers

I’ve just returned from A Day About Books with John Maxwell and Michael Hyatt. What a privilege to learn from two experts on publishing and leadership. Since 1993 John Maxwell has published over 60 books and sold over 20 million copies. WOW. Michael Hyatt is the former CEO of Thomas Nelson and just released Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.


I took a ton of notes and as I read through the notes, these prayers began to emerge:

1. Don’t despise small beginnings. Why would God give you more if you don’t do something with what you’ve got?

God grant me the courage to do something with what I’ve been given today.

2. Write for what it will do for others first. What need will your writing meet? What do you want them to know? What do you want them to do? Write so they will feel what you feel.

Father, lead me to write in a way that connects the reader to You, to Your truth, and Your perspective. You already know who I am writing for. I invite you to prepare me to speak to them and prepare them to hear what You will say through me.

3.  Maxwell interviewed pastors of large churches to learn what they were doing so he could be successful as a minister. He left those meetings and cried out to God, “if you can do that for them, I know you can do it for me.”  He noted that the difference in achievers and average people is the difference in these two questions: a) Can I? and b) How can I?

Lord I confess my small and sometimes defeated thinking. You have given me a spirit of Love, Power, and a Sound Mind. I commit my thoughts to You and invite Your perspective to move me forward to do the work You’ve appointed me to do. I can do all things because You are in me to accomplish them. I want to show up excited about what You can do and surprised by the more than I can ask or imagine that You accomplish.

4. Analyze your failures. Keep notes so your next idea works. Reflect. Think an idea into greatness & simplicity.

Please forgive me for being so distracted by the fear of failing.  I want to proceed in faith. Work in me a mindset that trusts You to redeem every miss-step. I am excited to know that You can turn a bad idea into a really BIG idea. Use me to bring Your big ideas to people. Let Your Holy Spirit living in me highlight those ideas so I don’t miss any opportunities You have prepared for me.

5. Preparation is HUGE. You either create and deliver the menu or you are on the menu.

God you know my rebellious nature better than I do. Thank you for helping me see my need for you in the area of consistency and preparation. I surrender. I will not be a disciplined and prepared person without Your intervention. But I want to please You in all that I do. I don’t want to waste this life. Help me. Work in me these attributes so that I can be faithful with the messages You give me and those You have given New Leaf’s authors.

God is so faithful. He is so aware of my need for Him. I am grateful that He used John Maxwell and Michael Hyatt to remind me what He can accomplish with His people. I want to agree with Him and follow Him down the narrow road the way these two leaders have.

What about you? What are your prayers for your writing and publishing? Not called to write? What are your prayers for the career path God has appointed you to?

Stay tuned for more prayers that resulted from this conference.

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

  • Mary Jo Pierce

    Wonderful seeing and hearing the seminar through your “eyes and ears” and love the echo of our prayers!  Thanks for processing out loud!  

    • Anonymous

      Thank you Mary Jo for stopping by and reading. I am eager to learn from your books on prayer.

  • Super jealous, totally wish I could have gone.  Looks like you got some great insights as well.

  • As a writer and one who also often leads prayer, I love your prayers for writers. Thank you.

  • Wow! Wonderful prayers. Thank you so much! I will definitely be visiting again. In fact, I am going to bookmark this page.