A Writer’s Fears (a prayer)

Save me from fear, Lord.
Give me courage to write;
make me “bold in our God” (1 Thessalonians 2:2) to write for you,
whatever the obstacles or blockages the Enemy may throw in my way.

Save me from the fear of rejection;
let me write today for your approval first and foremost,
and if I receive it, let me be satisfied with it.

Save me from the fear of inadequacy;
remind me that “all my springs are in you” (Psalm 87:7),
and that you are wholly sufficient no matter how inadequate I may be … or feel.

Save me from the fear of failure.
I know, as Samuel Logan Brengle said, “Fear is a fruit of selfishness.”
I confess my selfishness, my desire to amount to something.
Destroy that desire in me, and replace it with boldness and bravery.

Save me from the fear of success,
from all the “what ifs?” the future may hold.
As long as you are with me, I will not fear (Isaiah 41:10).

Save me also from the fear of criticism and ridicule. 
Grant me willingness and boldness to think and work under your mighty hand,
and to do it “as to the Lord, and not unto men” (Colossians 3:23),
in Jesus’ name, amen.

31 Responses to A Writer’s Fears (a prayer)

  1. Shirlee Abbott October 7, 2020 at 3:47 am #

    May these words from my fingers be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14). Amen.

  2. Cherrilynn Bisbano October 7, 2020 at 5:16 am #

    Yes, Lord and Amen

  3. Loretta Eidson October 7, 2020 at 5:17 am #

    All of these piled into one big AMEN. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser October 7, 2020 at 5:26 am #

    Sometimes that which we feared the most is actually God in disguise.

    Lord, it’s been a bloody road,
    and I’m losing, now, the light;
    cancer’s such a heavy load,
    but give me strength to write
    of these days of stark surprise,
    days some call Judas-kissed.
    Let my words be my replies,
    for I would not have missed
    the chance to walk here by Your side,
    through evening’s darkling gloom;
    though I know not what shall betide,
    I know it’s not my doom,
    for in the shadow of my death,
    I hold Your hand, and hear Your breath.

    • Judith Robl October 7, 2020 at 12:44 pm #

      Andrew, again you brought me to tears. Beautiful sonnet, but even more beautiful thought and spirit. Blessings, my friend.

  5. Diane October 7, 2020 at 5:56 am #

    Thank you I have a verse series that I wrote to allow kids to memorize scriptures I was so scared to her my publisher say no. But I cannot live in fear. Thanks for that reminder.

  6. Kristen Joy Wilks October 7, 2020 at 5:59 am #

    “All my springs are in You!” Perfect for today!

  7. Rhonda Dragomir October 7, 2020 at 6:03 am #

    This strikes writer’s heart today with an arrow of truth. Lord, let me not be afraid to fail. Forgive my unholy ambition for worldly success, and make me bold and brave enough to continue on the path where you lead me. Amen.

  8. Abby Martin October 7, 2020 at 6:35 am #

    Hallelujah! Glory be to God! No weapon formed against you all shall prosper and you have not been given a spirit of fear. But of POWER, love, and a sound mind. Amen! 🔥🔥🔥

    It’s so wonderful seeing this as I wake up this morning. 🙏🏻🙌🏻

  9. Pam Lyons October 7, 2020 at 7:09 am #

    Therefore encourage one another and build one another up…Thank you for doing this with each post!!

  10. Lila Diller October 7, 2020 at 7:17 am #

    Loved it! Especially the quote by Samuel Logan Brengle. I’m collecting quotes about fear for my devotional. Could you point me to the source where he said this? Thank you!

  11. Pastor Rick Craig October 7, 2020 at 7:38 am #

    The first email I read this morning was from a friend and prayer partner. The content of his email were your wise words intended for me–and others, as I sit editing my first book. It’s been a long 13-months since I started, but it’s shaping up for the next step. Thank you for sharing because it inspired me for another day in front of the computer.
    Peace and Grace.

  12. Lura Bowling October 7, 2020 at 7:57 am #

    Well written. I struggle with fear, in everything I do. Today, is my 56th birthday and your email, proves God utilize writers to encourage others. Yesterday, I bought myself a birthday card, for a granddaughter and filled it with messages from my 2 sets of Grandparents and my great Grandparents, of what encouraging messages they may have sent me, if they were still living… May God continue to bless you, and all us too..

  13. Patti Jo Moore October 7, 2020 at 8:05 am #

    Powerful prayer. Thank you for sharing with us.
    The Scripture from Colossians 3:23 is my signature verse—Love that.

    Blessings, Patti Jo

  14. Wendy October 7, 2020 at 8:14 am #

    Regarding the obstacles, I have a quote from Alistair Begg above my desk: “Whenever God’s people endeavor to do God’s work in God’s way, it will not go unopposed.” But we can take heart because the Bible tells us that greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.

    • Judith Robl October 7, 2020 at 12:48 pm #

      Amen, sister. I always say that the opposition of the enemy is evidence that you are in the very center of God’s will and doing what he would have you do.

  15. Don E. Peavy, Sr October 7, 2020 at 8:53 am #

    Amen. The keyboard is mightier than the boardroom.

  16. Marti Brown October 7, 2020 at 9:23 am #

    Amen, excellent as always!

  17. Richard New October 7, 2020 at 9:35 am #

    Very nice poem which hit a lot of topics all of us potential writers stumble over.

    But you didn’t mention frustration. So I’ll place it here: Save me from the fear of frustration. Now, from which fruit does frustration sprout? I’d like to prune that limb.

  18. Roxanne October 7, 2020 at 9:42 am #

    This is beautiful and timely. Thank you for the post. I’m making this my prayer; for my writing and other areas of my life. Blessings, brother.


  19. Joyce K Ellis October 7, 2020 at 9:44 am #

    Spot on. Thanks, Bob. Sounds like a lot of us needed that today.

  20. Debra Celovsky October 7, 2020 at 9:51 am #

    Beautiful. Thank you.

  21. OLUSOLA SOPHIA ANYANWU October 7, 2020 at 11:10 am #

    Amen! Thanks and God bless you.

  22. Judith Robl October 7, 2020 at 12:42 pm #

    A-a-a-a-a-men, a-a-a-a-a-men, a-a-men, amen, amen. (ala Lilies of the Field).

    Thank you, Bob. This is being printed and posted in my library.

  23. Nancy Merical October 7, 2020 at 12:48 pm #

    I needed this prayer months ago, but it assures me now of my decision to press on in getting my self-published memoir, MISSING!, on the market despite tremendous obstacles. Not only did a family member fight against its publication but my Word program betrayed me too, causing months of stress. I often thought of trashing the entire work but something kept me going. MISSING! reveals the trauma of my father’s disappearance for seven months and my mother’s death in the interim and how God carried us through. I hope it comforts caregivers whose family members suffer with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke or other mental diseases. Thank you for the late but also timely prayer. God is good!

  24. Karen October 7, 2020 at 1:10 pm #

    I needed this poem of prayer and encouragement! Thank you!

  25. Martin Slusser October 7, 2020 at 4:09 pm #

    Old slaver song about walking to freedom, The way is hard, the road is long, but Jesus lights my way. Be blessed all, and stay healthy!

  26. Martin Slusser October 7, 2020 at 4:14 pm #

    Pardon, typo! Slave song, not slaver. For love of the mechanics of wring, my apology. walk in His beauty

  27. Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D. October 9, 2020 at 5:32 am #

    Amen, Bob!

  28. Ethel Lytton October 11, 2020 at 5:35 pm #

    I needed this. Thank you!

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