Thursday, 9 March 2017


by Linsey Painter
For many, this time of year is a time of Lent and focusing on prayer. I’ve written a prayer for this community. It’s not a complete prayer. Please add your own prayers in the comments so that we can lift up one another and encourage each other.


Abba Father you are the ultimate in creativity. We can create because you have made us with imagination and the ability to appreciate and put into writing the complexity of this world that you have made.
Thank you for the gifts that you have given us. Help us to share your love through written words.
Help us as we work to be fuelled by your Spirit and inspired by you. May we have courage to speak the truth.
Thank you for this community of writers who love and trust in you. Thank you that we can to bring glory to you through the words that you give us.
Help us to encourage one another, to lift one another up to you and cheer each other on as we walk together.
Thank you for the generosity of spirit and the joyful sharing of knowledge that happens within this writing community. Help us to out—do each other in loving and doing good.
May the words that we write and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing to you.
Give us wisdom in how we write and what we write. Give us wisdom as we seek to share with others what you have laid on our hearts.

Help us to remember that this world—a----nd recognition in this world—is not the ultimate goal—b----ut seeing your Kingdom come.

Linsey Painter loves to write stories that focus on growing young hearts and exploring joy and courage in the face of life’s challenges. She and her husband work with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and live in Cairns with their two rambunctious boys. Linsey grew up in Indonesia and is an expert at rolling her ‘r’s and eating nasi goreng. She has since lived and worked in Papua New Guinea— yes she has seen a bird of paradise and Arnhem Land— no she didn’t encounter any crocodiles.


  1. Amen!

    Beautiful prayer, Linsey.

  2. Thanks Linsey. Loved your prayer. Thank you for leading us in prayer this morning. May we continue to be rooted and grounded in prayer as we seek to touch God's world with our words.

    1. I'm glad that it touched you Anusha. This is what came to my heart when I was asking God for wisdom about what to write.

  3. Amen from me as well, Linsey. I particularly resonate with the last sentence of the prayer re recognition in this world. Lord, please guard our hearts as we write, that we will always write for your honour and glory and not our own.