Do you pray for our Christian writing industry here in Australasia? I don’t mean a prayer about your work, your project, your marketing, your sales, or your readership. I’m talking about prayer for the BODY – our faith-driven writing body.If you aren’t praying for the Australasian Christian literary body, why not? You are a part of it. I am part of it. Writer, reader, editor, publisher, or seller—we are all part of this literary body of Christ.
I understand that some other Christian authors/writers/publishers may not be in line with your way of faith, or some of them may write in the same genre as your work, and therefore are your competition.
But God sees past all that. Ultimately, if we belong to Him, He expects us to work together, pray together, and seek His will … together.
'Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.’ 1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV)
I won’t quote every piece of scripture that directs us to work together, pray for each other, and pray as a body. You know them. What I am asking is that you pray. Pray for this literary body God has brought together.
Because if we humble ourselves, work as a spiritual body, and uplift our body of work to the Lord, He can do amazing things. Things we could never imagine.
'Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.’ Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
I know Christian writers in Australia and New Zealand already work together to support and uplift each other. We work together in so many ways, but what I am talking about is a spiritual shift. A spiritual decision to come together. A commitment to pray as a body in the spiritual sense.
For a while now I have been thinking about this, praying about this. The one thing that has come to me, apart from this appeal that you pray for the ‘body’ we all belong to, is the establishment of an email prayer chain that supports and uplifts this spiritual body in prayer.
I’m not talking about an extension of what has already been established. ACW and CWD are wonderful groups that cover all facets of our writing. I’m talking about a prayer chain that mobilizes in prayer for us all—both united and individual prayer petitions.
I don’t mean this sort of petition: “Please pray that I sell lots of copies at my book launch.” but “Please pray that the Lord uses my work for His purpose, His glory.” Because if we are not praying, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” than what’s the point of our work?
I would like to hear your thoughts on the establishment of an email prayer chain that uplifts our Australasian literary body. You can either comment below or contact me through FB message via these links:
One last confession in the interest of full disclosure: I have never set up a prayer chain before, nor have I been a part of one bigger than me, my Mum and my sister. I would absolutely take a ‘voted least likely to start a prayer chain’ badge. I’ve screwed my face toward the heavens several times, and asked the Lord, “Really? You want me to put this idea forward? Are you sure you have the right person?”
Certainly is a ‘Jonah’ moment for me. But today I got this:
‘ … -as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.’ 1 Corinthians 3:5-8 (NIV)
So if there is interest in establishing a prayer chain, I am looking for an Apollos who can help me.
I look forward to your thoughts.
Rose was born in North Queensland, Australia. Her childhood experiences growing up in a small beach community would later provide inspiration for her Resolution series.
Two of the three Resolution novels have won Australian CALEB awards. She has also released The Greenfield Legacy, a collaborative novel highlighting the pain of Australia’s past policy of forced adoption, as well as standalone novel, Ehvah After. Her most recent release is A Christmas Resolution, which is part of the novella box set, An Aussie Summer Christmas.
Her novels are inspired by the love of her coastal home and her desire to produce stories that point readers to Jesus. Rose holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, and resides in Mackay, North Queensland with her husband and son.
Visit Rose at: https://rosedee.com/