In the 25-plus years I’ve been writing, social media went from non-existent to a way of life for many. Yes, I have jumped on this bandwagon, too. At first it was all about promoting myself and selling my books, but then it became something else. Those fellow authors who are more than willing to Tweet and Retweet for me are also more than willing to pray for me, and I am more than willing to pray for them. We may never have met in person, only through the pages of books and online screens, but we are a family. We pray for each other when there is a new book launch. We pray for each other when there are difficult times in our personal lives.
I love that I have been able to connect on some level with writing friends from all over the world. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that people of all nationalities are lifting you up to the Savior. We may write different genres; we may not worship exactly the same; we may look a little different; we may sleep at different times, but there is something we all have in common that brings us together. We are all children of the King. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. We are family.
I love 2 Thessalonians 1:11. “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.”
First of all, we do need to pray for each other constantly. Writing is a calling for many of us. For those who have been writing for any length of time, I’m sure you have stories of one hurdle after another to jump over when trying to put out something that you knew would make a difference in many lives. Satan does not want those articles/stories to make it to publication.
Remember to pray for your writing friends today. We all go through difficult times. Even if you don’t know what’s going on in our lives specifically, God does, and He will hear your prayers.
Lord, Help me to constantly lift up before You my fellow writers who are trying to spread Your Gospel. They need You; I need You. Amen.
Ruth O’Neil has been a US freelance writer for 20-plus years. She sees everything as a writing opportunity in disguise, whether it is an interesting character, setting or situation. When she’s not writing or homeschooling her kids, Ruth spends her time quilting, reading, scrapbooking, camping and hiking with her family.
This article was an entry in our LittWorld 2015 Devotional Writing Contest.