Not all books are stories, but every book has a story.
My debut book isn’t a story. It’s a surprise. I never planned on writing this book to begin with. I simply walked through an open door and was given a book—one week at a time.
When I joined American Christian Fiction Writers I did so in hopes of sprucing up my middle-grade story for publication. They offered genre specific email loops to join. I chose the children’s fiction loop. Soon after, one of the members began to write a weekly prayer to encourage us. Her life hit several complications so she stepped down and offered the role to anyone who felt led to continue the prayers. A couple of months before then, I was asked to step down from offering public prayers for the adult fellowship at the church I attend because of complications in my life. The online opportunity felt like a good fit for me so I took up the torch.
I began to learn about some of the members of the loop from emails I received telling me how much my prayers spoke to them. My work schedule was such that Sunday and Monday were my weekend. I looked forward to my Monday morning online prayer time. For inspiration on topics to pray about I used lists in the Bible. The pieces of spiritual armor were followed by the Beatitudes. The 1 Corinthians 13 love verses preceded the Fruit of the Spirit and so it went.
Being that my audience was children’s writers, I knew they’d appreciate the prayers using the motif of a child approaching God seated on His throne. This is the picture Jesus suggests we use in Matthew 18. That’s when the prayers took on a new level of intimacy. After a year, I realized I was accumulating enough prayers to make a book. Before the second year ended, ACFW decided to move away from email loops in favor of Facebook groups. I wrote the final few prayers to a non-existent group just so I’d have the quantity of prayers I was hoping for.
100 Prayers of a Writer came about as an act of weekly obedience not a well thought out agenda to gain exposure or fame. It combines my two greatest passions: writing and talking to my heavenly Father. I don’t know what God’s plans are for this book. I only know He gave me the stewardship of these prayers.
Wade Webster has been blogging several Biblical fiction based devotional books for four years at http://wadewebster.com to follow those prayers up. Sign up to receive his Friday devotional.
100 Prayers of a Writer
What is prayer? Prayer is a conversation with God.
What does God expect in your prayer? God wants you to pour out your heart to Him.
These prayers are not meant to be memorized, but experienced. This collection of prayers began as a weekly offering to the American Christian Fiction Writers’ children’s fiction email loop. 100 PRAYERS OF A WRITER combines Wade Webster’s two greatest passions: talking to his Heavenly Father and writing. If your prayer life needs a boost, these prayers will give you the spiritual lift you’re looking for. Experience a depth and honesty that only comes from a lifetime walk with God through Jesus Christ. Although these prayers were originally written to writers, everybody will grow in their understanding of their relationship with the Creator of the universe. People curious about how Christians approach God will have their eyes opened to what makes us tick. Enter the throne room of God as Jesus tells us to–as little children. Leave the same throne room with renewed hope and encouragement. Christianity wasn’t meant to be a rote religion, but a living relationship. Your Father longs for your attention.
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