A Writer’s Keyboard Prayer

Lord God, my Father, my King,

my Sovereign, my All,

I RETURN to you with all my heart,

I ENTER your presence with gratitude and joy,

I ESCAPE into your arms and nestle in the shadow of your wing.

DELETE the stain of worldly strife and wicked desires.

SHIFT my attention and priorities to reflect your wishes.

COMMAND me and bend me to your will.

CONTROL my impulse, intellect, and intentions

until I see no OPTION

and pursue no FUNCTION

but that which is utterly and constantly

pleasing to you.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

31 Responses to A Writer’s Keyboard Prayer

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    David February 11, 2021 at 5:17 am #

    Excellent thoughts…really inspiring..djs.

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    Debby Kratovil February 11, 2021 at 6:03 am #

    Bob. That was so totally inspired! A clever – and creative – way to link our keyboards to a prayer. I won’t look at my keyboard the same again – ever! I hope it’s ok for me to share this with others (and with your name firmly attached to it).

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    DAMON J GRAY February 11, 2021 at 6:32 am #

    I love it Bob.

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    J.D. WIninger February 11, 2021 at 6:52 am #

    Oh no! I can’t find my OPTION button?! Oh, wait; Mr. Bob must have been praying over his Apple(tm) computer. I found my ALT key, so that’ll work. 🙂 Loved it sir. Thanks; and happy writing.

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    Darla Grieco February 11, 2021 at 7:19 am #

    Very clever! Amen.

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    marilyn pardine February 11, 2021 at 7:20 am #

    Thank you for this pertinent and poignant prayer, I shall remember to PAUSE every day to INSERT the message into my life.

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    Kristen Joy Wilks February 11, 2021 at 7:32 am #

    Amen! I love it. So creative and such a good reminder to focus on the Lord!

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser February 11, 2021 at 7:55 am #

    Love this, Bob. I hope you won’t think it presumptious for me to take up the challenge…there’s metastatic tumours in my bones now, and the exercise of writing a keyboard prayer in the form of a sonnet cleared away a bit of the fear and hurt, and helped with the needed daily redefinition of faith.

    I see no alternative,
    there’s no escape in sight,
    I can insert no palliative
    to control the night
    and back-space the rising fear
    that with the dark returns;
    at 3AM the end seems near,
    and for a pause I yearn
    that will somehow someway shift
    this locked paradigm,
    some bright function that will lift
    my deletion born of time,
    but I need enter trust, not roam,
    and know that You will take me home.

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      HOLLI HAMNER February 11, 2021 at 10:43 am #

      Andrew, your words always touch and inspire; today’s continue to do so. You are more mindful than most of the reality we all face. Your awareness stirs our hearts to pray for you today and to prepare for our own reality. I look forward to meeting you at Home, one day. I understand the Light is on to welcome us.

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        Andrew Budek-Schmeisser February 11, 2021 at 12:15 pm #

        Holli, I’m just so honoured by your words…they are a bright light on a very hard and dark day.

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    Julie Johnson February 11, 2021 at 8:18 am #

    Absolutely love this! Am printing it out and posting it beside my desktop. Thank you, Bob!

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    Jan Drexler February 11, 2021 at 9:13 am #

    Thank you, Bob

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    Patti Jo Moore February 11, 2021 at 9:31 am #

    Thank you, Bob.

    And Andrew, I’m praying for you. May the Lord give you strength, comfort, and peace.

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      Andrew Budek-Schmeisser February 11, 2021 at 10:24 am #

      Patti, thank you so much…prayers are so vital as things get so dark.

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        Catherine Allen February 11, 2021 at 11:11 am #

        Dear Andrew,

        I pray for you as things turn dark, and I weep for your pain. I admire your fortitude in turning pain into poetry. May God bless and keep you close, and may He shine His light in your darkness.

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          Andrew Budek-Schmeisser February 11, 2021 at 12:34 pm #

          Catherine, thank you so much for this lovely afirmation, and for your prayers.

          God’s light does shine here, through your kind words.

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    Deena Adams February 11, 2021 at 10:12 am #

    Look at your creativity shining through! That’s awesome.

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      Catherine Allen February 11, 2021 at 2:09 pm #

      Dear Andrew,

      I pray for you as things turn dark, and I weep for your pain. I admire your fortitude in turning pain into poetry. May God bless and keep you close, and may He shine His light in your darkness.

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    Kaci Rigney February 11, 2021 at 11:36 am #


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    Catherine Allen February 11, 2021 at 2:20 pm #

    What a creative idea, Bob! The keys are no longer just utilitarian, but reminders of God’s counsel!

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      Catherine Allen February 11, 2021 at 2:25 pm #

      . . . they are no longer just things we touch, but things that touch us.

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    Leigh DeLozier February 11, 2021 at 2:22 pm #

    Thank you for this, Bob. I always enjoy your posts and am looking forward to hearing you speak at the Asheville conference in a couple of weeks.

    Andrew, thank you for sharing words from your heart, too. I can’t imagine your struggle, but know that others are helping pray you through this.

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    OLUSOLA SOPHIA ANYANWU February 11, 2021 at 2:48 pm #

    Amen! I enjoyed reading this! God bless you, Bob.

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    Rick Burke February 11, 2021 at 3:09 pm #

    Gee, Bob, I did not notice your use of the keyboard as a poetic device as I read your prayer. The prayer is awe-inspiring and worshipful and substantially similar to my own. It wasn’t until I read the comments that I saw the cleverness.

    Brother Andrew, God loves you and so do I and the others on this board. None of us know the date and time set aside for our departure. I’ve had some near misses, and live in the moment I have, and rest in knowing that my departure time is known only to our Father. Press on toward the goal. We’ll get there.

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    Beth February 11, 2021 at 6:51 pm #

    This blesses and inspires me. It will become my prelude to creative writing. Thank you.

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    Del Bates February 12, 2021 at 9:26 am #

    Wow! Bob, so inspiring… I love it! Thank you for sharing!

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    Deborah Sprinkle February 12, 2021 at 10:08 am #

    I love that Bob. Thank you.

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    Debra DuPree Williams February 15, 2021 at 5:52 pm #

    This covered a multitude of needs. Thank you for these powerful words.

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    Carol R Nicolet Loewen February 15, 2021 at 8:41 pm #

    What a great connection with our fingers as we sit at our keyboards. Thank you Bob, for this creative prayer.

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    Victoria Taulbee February 17, 2021 at 1:05 pm #

    As journalists, we might need to fill in our art, however I accept at our center, we need to contact individuals with our words. We want to have an effect in individuals’ lives. We may endeavor to give perusers a little getaway or amusement to light up their days, support during testing times, or expectation when there doesn’t appear to be any in sight.

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    Warren April 2, 2021 at 9:08 am #

    That about covers it.

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