Praying for Authors

Encouragement Writing

When I was younger, I remember looking up to the authors that I knew of. It really didn’t matter what genre they wrote, they were impressive.


Then, I became an author. I began talking with others authors. And I realized just how… well, human… authors are. Take any author, and you’ll find that they live a similar life to you. Very few authors “just sit and write.” They may be wives, mothers, husbands, fathers, brothers, sisters, or single. Most of them have other jobs or ministries, they all have relationship issues (good and bad), daily struggles, heartache, joys, and delights. It’s just that they add to this, by also being an author.

The more I dove into the writing field, the more I realized how much I appreciate people praying for me as an author. Authors have a huge responsibility. When we write, we are shaping others’ ideas — for good or for bad. If we are a Christian author, then we are handling God’s Word — and must portray it in unadulterated truth. And, like I indicated earlier, we have people who look up to us. Complete strangers will contact us, not only to let us know they appreciate our work (or find fault with it — let’s be honest 😉 ), they will write us to ask for advice and prayers.

Do you think authors needs wisdom? You bet!

Considering all of the above, I started a prayer list for authors. Many of these authors, I personally know. Some of them, I don’t know, yet admire. Whether “big or small” (e.g. sellers of 1,000,000 copies or 10), authors need prayers. Temptations are real. Struggles are real. Discouragement is real. And the opportunity to be a strong light for Jesus is real. The best gift you can give to an author is your dedicated prayers.

Here is a sample of my prayer list for authors:

(A genuine relationship with Christ, they would follow God’s leading, be kept from being a stumbling block to others, have wisdom and discernment of Scriptures, be humble)

What would you add to that prayer list? How do authors need prayers?

5 thoughts on “Praying for Authors

  1. Great article, Amanda! I think I’d add to the list that they would write with excellence. Christian media (whether it be books, music, film, etc) has a reputation for being somewhat mediocre at times. I realize some of this perception could just be because it’s also highly criticized, but just as the way we conduct ourselves lends credence to our person testimony so also our excellence in writing can lend credence to our message.

    God inspired the best-selling book of all time and the more I read it the more impressed I am with His skill as a writer (of course He’s the best at it!). So I think He’d hear us when we ask for His help to write with God-glorifying excellence! 🙂

    1. That is a very good addition. I was actually just talking with some friends about how Christian media (yes, in all of those realms) lack in excellence, which sadly gives a bad name to Christian producers of any kind. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this. 🙂

  2. Such a great and encouraging post, Amanda! This has been something that’s lately been on my heart (say the past month or so) not only praying for authors but also reaching out to them to encourage. I thought your post was very timely and had some really good points. 🙂 Thank you!

    1. I’m so glad it encouraged you, Victoria! 🙂 Reaching out to encourage them is also key. That is something that I don’t do as well with as I ought to. :/ Thanks for your comment – because that was encouraging to me! 😀

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