“Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this.”
I have no problem with outwardly proclaiming myself as a Christian who writes and understands how my ability to write was bestowed upon me from God. I can also go on to admit that I did not always recognize writing as a tool that could be used to glorify God. However, in my current season of life, writing has helped me maintain focus on what is most important to me and this encompasses my spiritual development. Over the last year as I have worked to strengthen my spirituality, I observed a shift in my writing and feel I have been called to use my gift in more meaningful ways. This awareness has motivated me to expand my writing regiment from just including routine journal entries and personal writing projects to be more inclusive of prayer writing and worship centered pieces.
Writing worship pieces has helped me develop my craft in ways that I could have never imagined. It has opened me up to the idea that my relationship with God can be facilitated in innovative ways aside from verbal prayers. Below I will provide reasons why you might want to start creating worship pieces.
Creating worship pieces could be a dynamic mood shifter. - Writing worship pieces when you are not feeling at your best could instantly change your mood. If you are in the midst of a chaotic situation, using your pen to praise God in that exact moment could switch your attention from your circumstance. I travel with a small journal where I write prayers. On many occasions when I am not in the best of moods or feel frustrated, I opt to pull out my prayer journal and begin to worship God with my written words. This causes me to switch my attention from the negative things that might be happening around me to instead focus on God as the controller of my current situation.
Worship pieces provide a silent prayer option when you cannot prayer aloud. - Often people believe that to be received by God worship must be loud. But I have learned that worship does not always have to be completed in that fashion and writing too is a powerful form of worship. You might find yourself in a workshop, meeting, bookstore, etc. and feel led to begin worshipping. This could be a time when you open your journal and begin to write out your praises. Writing centered worship moments could be as equally heartfelt as verbal worship.
God sees your words as you write them. - As you are writing your worship piece, God’s spirit is present to fill you and guide the direction of your worship. You might be inspired to write a poem, song or other work that is guided by the intentions of the holy spirit. In these instances, God is receiving every word and accepting your purest form of praise.