Praying for the Family

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by Ruth O’Neil

Do you ever feel like Satan is trying hard to keep you busy so that the things you really want to do don’t get done? I often feel that way about my writing. This is the ministry God has called me to do. Some days all I want to do is write. However, my house is in a shambles, the phone keeps ringing, the kids need my attention, and Satan keeps ringing the doorbell! There are also people who get so busy doing things for the Lord that not one of their projects is done well because they cannot afford to give any one of those projects the time it needs. If something is not done to the best of our ability, what is the point of doing anything for God at all?

I had a friend who was literally run ragged doing all the activities for which she had volunteered She prayed about her ministries and had others pray for her also. God answered her prayer by taking away one of her jobs at church in a way only God could do. If you are too busy, God will do that for you, too.

The only thing that keeps me writing and will keep you on top of your ministry is prayer from friends. In Ephesians 6, Paul asked his friends to pray for him. If he wasn’t opposed to asking for prayer support, why should we?

In the 25-plus years I’ve been writing, social media went from non-existent to a way of life for many. Yes, I have jumped on this bandwagon, too. At first it was all about promoting myself and selling my books, but then it became something else. Those fellow authors who are more than willing to tweet and retweet for me are also more than willing to pray for me, and I pray for them. We may never have an opportunity to meet in person, only through the pages of books and online screens, but we are a family. We pray for each other when there is a new book launch. We pray for each other when there are difficult times in our personal lives.

I love that I have been able to connect on some level with writing friends from all over the world. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that people of all nationalities are lifting me up to the Savior. We may write different genres; we may not worship exactly the same; we may look a little different; we may sleep at opposite times, but there is something we all have in common that brings us together. We are all children of the King. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. We are family.

We do need to pray for each other constantly. Writing is a calling for many of us. For those who have been writing for any length of time, I’m sure you have stories of one hurdle after another to jump over when trying to put out something that you knew would make a difference in many lives. Satan does not want those articles/stories to make it to publication.

Remember to pray for your writing friends today. Even if you don’t know what’s going on in their lives specifically, God does, and He will hear your prayers. When you know that you and your call are being lifted up in prayer, you will see your ministry begin to flourish.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at ruths-real-life (dot) or her website at ruthoneil (dot)

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