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Breaking Through Spiritual Blocks to Writing: Part II

April 14, 20126 Comments

As writers we have experienced the block in the road, the times when we could not write.  However, we want to experience the fork in the road more often, we want to write and write well.  In part one we concluded with some basic items that are critical for experiencing the fork in the road more often.  Right belief in God, avoiding unbelief; the thoughts that rob us of confidence in God’s ability in us, and dependence upon His grace for our sufficiency.  In this part I am going to build upon that foundation and primarily answer the question of what do I have to do?

There is one thing that has been written about by most great men of the faith. R. A Torrey, A.W Tozer, D.L Moody, Spurgeon, Martin Luther, Apostle Paul, George Mueller, Andrew Murray, J.C Ryle, Jonathan Edwards, and countless others have given testimony to the effectiveness of this one thing in their lives.  This one thing is not a new technique, it’s not new at all.  It can help you receive the grace you need, keep you clear of the roadblock of anxiety, and fuel your writing.  It’s tried and true, its prayer!  If you look at the lives of the men above their lives show two things, they prayed a lot and they worked and produced a lot.  Your time in prayer can and will fuel your writing.

Martin Luther,” I have so much work to do that I cannot get along without giving three hours daily of my best time to prayer.”

D.L Moody, “Some people seem to think they are losing time if they wait on god for his power, and so away they go and work without unction; they are working without any anointing; they are working without any power.” Secret of success in Christian Life and Work

Prayer is the one thing common to all of the great men and woman in bible and in history that have done extraordinary things for God.  It is also the key to the source of power in the life of the believer.  It’s not a coincidence either; what prayer promises for us is for writing, life, work and much more! It’s not a formula, neither is it a genie in a bottle that you rub and wish, but real prayer before God has its rewards. (Mat 6:6)

The prayer that’s evident and effective in their lives is the same prayer that Paul spoke of, its not in trying to say the right combination of words, as if the right words will bring about the results.  It’s not where we “say a prayer” our ten words and Amen we’re threw! no it was a time in prayer! Where their minds were free from the clutter of life to focus on God, to cry out to God, to ask of God, and most importantly to listen to God.  Prayer will always be a two-way conversation, and there is much value in listening. If you read about the men mentioned above, you’ll see how much time they spent in prayer, how they valued their time in prayer, and the results it had for them. 1 Thes 3:10, 1 Thes 5:10, Co1 4:2

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. (Jer 33:3)

Prayer is the primary way we appropriate what we need from God.  We can avoid the block in the road of having nothing to write about, by spending time with God, who promises to make all grace abound to you so that you can be sufficient.  The same God who promises to give seed to the sower, wants us to come to Him, call out to Him, and stay dependent on Him for everything in life.  As we read in 2 Cor 9:8, He is more than willing to give, because He wants us to be sufficient in all things.  He wants us to be more than able in all endeavors, He wants to fuel your writing.

…Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (1Pe 5:7)

Our minds are often cluttered with the “cares” of this life, work, finances, children you name it.  We have so much that offers itself as a source of anxiety distracting and cluttering our minds.  I have found that when I”m anxious, I can’t write.  My mind isn’t clear for thoughts to flow freely.  We can avoid this roadblock by continually praying and trusting God with the anxieties of this life.  This is how we keep our hearts clear and open to receive.  We don’t have to stay distracted and cluttered with anxiety, we can pray and cast all our cares on the one who cares for us.

Lastly, unbelief, the thoughts that have us questioning God, and God’s ability in us have to be dealt with.  Remember, these thoughts are not God isn’t there, it’s God doesn’t care, God’s not able, God’s doesn’t want to use me…and the list goes on.  faith filled words squashes unbelief; we can use The Word to correct and replace those thoughts.  When “God doesn’t care comes up”, we can correct it with, ” I can cast all my care upon the one who cares for me” (1 Pe 5:7).  When “what I write isn’t going to help anyone” comes up, we can correct it with “God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than I can ask or think according to the power that works in me” (Eph 3:20) When it appears that a writing project is not possible, remember all things are possible with God. (Mat 19:26)

We can move from the foundation in part 1, believing rightly in God and being confident in His ability in us, busting unbelief, and depending on His grace.  To the application in part 2, where we spend time with Him in prayer, not treating prayer like a genie in the bottle, rub and wish, but as a conversation with God our Father. We come with requests, problems, needs etc, and we can expect God to hear and answer us, guide and lead us.  The potential that awaits you is for your writing and so much more.

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  1. Every time I read your posts they seem to resonate with my current moment. I told myself today I am taking my camera and heading out. A few hours just taking in beauty. God inspires and energizes, we just have to take the time to indulge and appreciate. Thanks for your inspiring words and truth.

  2. Thank you, Thomas.

    With anything worth writing and with all things purposed in the heart, prayer is definately the first thing we should turn on. Turn on God’s willingness to take ahold and control of all of our endeavors.

    God bless you.

  3. Desiray says:

    I enjoy reading A. W. Tozer writings but when I feel like I am in a block and not sure what God is telling me to write I have to tell myself to be still and check to make sure that nothing that I am doing is hindering me frrom hearing from GOD.

    • KlarionKall says:

      You are totally right, there are various hindrances to us hearing and receiving. We should definitely check ourselves to make sure we are being still before God, I think that’s where “the cares of this life” could come in at that will have us fretting. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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