A Writer’s Evening Prayer

A Writer’s Evening Prayer
(based on “An Evening Prayer” by C. Maud Battersby)



If I have failed to heed your voice today,

If I have driven any of your thoughts away,

If I have written my own willful way:

Dear Lord, forgive!


If I have written idle words or vain,

If I have worked for earthly gain,

If my words should bring one soul pain,

Dear Lord, forgive!


If I appropriated words not mine,

If I failed to give a credit line,

If I’ve cast my pearls before swine,

Dear Lord, forgive!


If I’ve failed in substance or in style,

If in anything I’ve stooped to guile,

If I’ve failed at all to win your smile,

Dear Lord, forgive!


Forgive the sins I have confessed to you,

Forgive the sins I don’t know I do,

And make my writing both good and true;

All else forgive.





21 Responses to A Writer’s Evening Prayer

  1. Kristi Holl October 16, 2019 at 5:16 am #

    Printing this out to finish my writing day with from now on. Thank you!

  2. Mrs. W. October 16, 2019 at 5:27 am #

    I appreciate this so much. I will have to print this and keep it by my writing desk. Thank you!

  3. damonjgray October 16, 2019 at 5:27 am #

    That is beautiful, Bob. Thank you for sharing it.

  4. Ginny Graham October 16, 2019 at 6:14 am #

    I found An Evening Prayer in an old Cokesbury hymnal years ago and it became an instant favorite to play on the piano and sing with my husband. Bob, thank you for converting this beautiful hymn into a prayer for writers.

  5. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser October 16, 2019 at 6:43 am #

    Bob, this is beautiful, a gift.

    Lord, I am a working man,
    with character beset by burls
    and writing to economy plan;
    my words are words, they are not pearls.
    I write to those who are, like me,
    not to Your Manor born.
    They only gain the victory
    when from the mire they’re torn.
    And so I write to piper’s tune,
    that passes thro’ swinery bars
    so those within might see the moon
    and start to wonder at the stars.
    Perhaps, by Your grace, by and by,
    my words may teach a pig to fly.

    • Judith Robl October 16, 2019 at 10:07 am #

      Thank you, Andrew. Sending hugs and prayers.

      • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser October 16, 2019 at 5:24 pm #

        Thank you so much, Judith!

        If you could offer some prayers for Barb, her Da died this morning. Not unexpected, but still very hard.

  6. Deborah Sprinkle October 16, 2019 at 7:01 am #

    Thanks, Bob. This says it all for me.

    • Robin Puchala October 16, 2019 at 10:17 am #

      Thanks, Steve! What a great way to end a day!

  7. Lewis H. Seaton III October 16, 2019 at 7:24 am #

    Good one. The antidote:

    Quiet time, O precious silence
    Time for those with ears to hear
    Speak to me, O God of Israel
    Speak to me as I draw near

    Son of Man and Son of David
    Son Eternal that Thou art
    Give me eyes with which to see, and
    Show the ending from the start

    Disclose the things which once were written
    For instruction – for our sake
    Dim precursors of the future
    Shadows of the heavenly make

    Show me parables of Jesus
    Show the heart of teachings all
    Veiled from those who, unbelieving
    Know not over what they fall

    But grant that I might have compassion
    Lovingkindness, justice too
    Grant that in my meditation
    Prayerful, I become like You

    For I was once the same as they are
    Child of wrath as all the rest
    Hard of heart and dull of hearing
    Deaf to each Divine request

    But in compassion everlasting
    You saw fit to grant the grace,
    Mercy, love, and light I needed
    In the darkness of my place

    And like the dawning of the new day
    Shining brightly, brighter still
    Understanding grew and beckoned
    Like the lamp upon the hill

    So speak to me, O Lord of heaven
    Speak to me, O Lord of light
    That I might hear You in the silence
    I might see You in the night

    • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser October 16, 2019 at 9:12 am #

      Lewis, this is OUTSTANDING!

      • Lewis H. Seaton III October 16, 2019 at 9:14 am #

        Thank you very much.

  8. A. Keith Carreiro October 16, 2019 at 7:41 am #

    Thank you for sharing this prayer.

  9. Sharon Simms October 16, 2019 at 8:45 am #

    Thank you! My heart’s desire is to do His will.

  10. Brennan McPherson October 16, 2019 at 9:04 am #

    This “prayers for writers” series is my favorite of all the recurring posts on this blog. Thanks so much, Bob!

  11. Judith Robl October 16, 2019 at 10:09 am #

    Bob, thank you so much for sharing your heart and prayer with us. You are an inspiration. I have the feeling that God finds little in you that needs forgiveness.

  12. Nan Rinella October 16, 2019 at 10:21 am #

    Thanks for this. Blessings

  13. kellyjfm October 16, 2019 at 10:55 am #

    Wow Wow Wow

  14. Dr Eric V. Lee October 16, 2019 at 2:56 pm #


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  16. nancymac525 October 16, 2019 at 7:38 pm #

    A very wonderful prayer!

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