Instrument (A Writer’s Prayer)

God, from ancient days to modern times,
you have chosen human language to communicate with men and women;
in fact, you are a writer yourself,
having written your commandments in tablets of stone,
my name in the Lamb’s Book of Life,
and your Word in my heart.

You have also given me a love for the written word,
and have indebted me to the writings of many gifted men and women.

So, while I am a feeble tool, I know that I am in the hands of a mighty Master,
and so I ask:
help me to stir up the gift of God that is within me;
help me to persevere when writing is hard,
when I am tired,
when my efforts are rejected;
help me to remember, when others seem to have a much greater gift,
an enviable talent,
a natural ability,
that no one possesses the singular combination of my gift,
my personality,
and my experience;
help me to submit to you all my talents and all my efforts,
never expecting the former to exceed the latter;
and help me strive to learn more of my craft at every opportunity,
to develop my skills and fan the flames of my passions
so that I will be not only a writer,
but also an instrument of the Living God,
in Jesus’ name, amen.

33 Responses to Instrument (A Writer’s Prayer)

  1. Shirlee Abbott May 13, 2020 at 3:58 am #

    Never expecting my talent to exceed my effort–amen!

    I can multiply my talent by my effort. But if I bury it out of fear or apathy or sloth, it accomplishes nothing.

    Now is the time to get to work.

  2. Deena Adams May 13, 2020 at 5:18 am #


  3. sherri stewart May 13, 2020 at 5:18 am #

    What a timely prayer. Thank you

  4. Lewis H. Seaton III May 13, 2020 at 5:27 am #


  5. Lee Ann Mancini May 13, 2020 at 5:31 am #

    Thank you for that wonderful prayer!

  6. Amy Renaud May 13, 2020 at 6:20 am #

    I’m going to print this out and put it up in my writing room. So good … so many timely reminders in this prayer. Thank you.

  7. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser May 13, 2020 at 6:35 am #

    Bob, what a lovely prayer!

    I approach it a bit differently.

    Humility? Never heard of him.

    I am Your chosen instrument,
    a colossus on the Earth,
    to hand out praise and punishment;
    I daily prove my worth.
    My pen doth shake the mountains,
    my words doth set afire
    the dull and flacid fountains
    and sets them, flaming, higher
    to light the path for all the blind
    world to see Your mighty hope,
    to set resolve to shrinking mind
    and bind it with a golden rope
    to that devil-rending day
    when the stone was rolled away.

  8. Gordon Palmer May 13, 2020 at 6:36 am #

    Thank you.

  9. Kristen Joy Wilks May 13, 2020 at 6:57 am #

    Yes! It is so important to remember that we are submitting our talent and efforts to God first, then later to agents and publishers! That is a submission that will never result in a rejection!!!

  10. Roberta Sarver May 13, 2020 at 7:05 am #

    What a timely post. Thanks. It spoke to my heart.

  11. Melissa Henderson May 13, 2020 at 7:13 am #


  12. Cindy Fowell May 13, 2020 at 7:16 am #

    Thank you, Bob for sharing. For the reminder where the gift comes from.
    And thank you to the King of Kings who gives the gifts.

  13. Loretta Eidson May 13, 2020 at 7:20 am #


  14. May 13, 2020 at 7:37 am #

    Amen and amen!

  15. Karen Procopio May 13, 2020 at 8:11 am #

    Thank you. I’ve the perfect spot on my writing wall for this prayer.

  16. Yvonne May 13, 2020 at 8:12 am #

    Inspired! Thank you.

  17. Nancy May 13, 2020 at 8:13 am #

    Your prayer brought tears to my eyes and conviction to my spirit. Thank you for using your God given talents to help others find ours.

  18. Wendy L Macdonald May 13, 2020 at 8:53 am #


  19. Sally Valentine May 13, 2020 at 8:53 am #

    Thank you for this prayer. I printed it out and will pray it as I sit down to write.

  20. L Sanders Fields (Lo) May 13, 2020 at 9:01 am #

    There’s not a writer on planet earth that does not need to reckon from this heavenly perspective, and sometimes daily.
    A word fitly spoken on this lovely cloudy midwestern day as I sit down to write.
    Thx! ( o : )

  21. Lynn Saint May 13, 2020 at 9:51 am #

    Blessings on you, Bob!

    What an incredible poem to bless so many, my heart included.

    In the past day, alone, I have felt the pull to return to writing what God placed on my heart over two decades ago. This is one more strand in my rope of hope, strength and expectation.

    May God increase your scope, in greater ways, for sharing your gracious and convicting thoughts.

  22. Susan Sage May 13, 2020 at 10:22 am #

    That’s beautiful and very timely. Thank you.

  23. Bisi May 13, 2020 at 10:32 am #

    Very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Cindy May 13, 2020 at 10:35 am #

    Thanks for the encouragement, challenge and inspiration.

  25. LoRee Peery May 13, 2020 at 11:00 am #

    I needed this today, Bob. Thank you for blessing my soul.

  26. Karen Haygood May 13, 2020 at 12:52 pm #

    That was an amazing prayer! It voiced the very sentiment of my heart. Thank you for sharing it. May all of us who have gifts and callings always use and do them with passion. God bless!

  27. Emmanuel Chukwuebuka Akaolisa May 13, 2020 at 2:42 pm #


  28. Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D. May 13, 2020 at 3:01 pm #

    Amen and amen.

  29. marilyn May 14, 2020 at 12:59 pm #

    So well said, Steve. Thank you so much. Cheers

    • Steve Laube May 14, 2020 at 7:34 pm #

      Give credit to Bob. 🙂 He’s the one who wrote it!

  30. Kent Wyatt May 14, 2020 at 7:13 pm #

    Wonderful prayer, Bob. Thanks for sharing it.

  31. OLUSOLA SOPHIA ANYANWU May 16, 2020 at 1:24 am #

    A big AMEN to that prayer Bob! May God use that prayer as a point of contact to bless every one who uses the talent He has deposited in each and every one of us for His glory. May our talents of writing , like lamps put on a table, inspire those who are the darkness to see the light of our Lord Jesus and order their footsteps towards salvation through our writing in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen!!

    Many thanks for sharing. I see you are a poet as well!!
    God bless you. Amen.

  32. Lynda Irons May 16, 2020 at 6:39 am #

    I could sense the anointing on that prayer. I believe that it gives pleasure to God. Thank you for articulating what is in a writer’s heart–the desire to leave a spiritual footprint behind for the glory of the Lord.

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