June 03, 2014

What is the One Essential Tool for Writers? by Janis Cox

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As Christian writers we are up against a formidable foe - Satan. That sneaky, sly fox uses everything at his disposal to pull us away from what God designs.

Taking a look at the writers I have met I can see writers who are:

  • indecisive
  • feeling unworthy
  • too busy
  • easily distracted
  • burned out
  • feeling frustrated, or angry 
  • complaining
  • judging others
  • mistrustful
  • living in disarray
  • feeling helpless

But wait? Why do these Christians feels this way? Jesus has all ready won the battle with Satan.

Satan NO longer holds power over us.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33, NIV).
And by Jesus' death, resurrection and ascension we now have a straight clear access to the Father.


Yes there is an "if". We need to pray. 

Prayer is the essential tool in a writer's toolbox.

If you haven't made prayer a priority in your life, may I encourage you to learn more.

Let's be so intimate with Jesus that we live our lives full of prayer.

Join me at Under the Cover of Prayer  (#UTCOP) where we learn, practice and expand our communication with God.

This is will my last post for Inscribe as I am joining Kimberley Payne to write about prayer on her blog once a month. I also write about my relationship with God on my own blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. Each Sunday I post #SundayStillness where I have a place to link your posts. Join our community.


O Lord, help us as Christian writers to seek You every minute of the day, for every detail of our lives. Bless us as we expand our territories and as we write to glorify You and to spread the Good News. Thank you for bringing us together as Sisters and Brothers in Christ. Help us to encourage and pray for on another. We pray this in Your Name, Jesus. Amen.

May I pray for you? Send personal email requests to Under the Cover of Prayer.

A Scripture for the week:

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthen in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness (Col. 2:6-7, NIV).

A thought for this week:

Knees were made for bending. When did you last use them in prayer?


Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator
Janis Cox
Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.
Janis is the author of the award winning children's book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild and Inscribe Writers Fellowship.


  1. Sad to see you go, Janis, but I will stop in an visit you once in awhile at your other blog homes. And yes, prayer is so important - definitely an overlooked tool! I always feel so much more content when I take things to The Lord in prayer. Thanks for your encouragement Janis!!

  2. As soon as we forget to pray satan has the 'in' he is looking for. I always appreciated your wisdom shared here and will miss it. Thank-you for sharing the link to your blog.

  3. I will miss your posts here, too, Janis, but will continue to follow your other blogs. Your encouragement to pray is so important.

    Knees are made for bending is also tweetable :)

  4. Excellent!! VEry encouraging janis

  5. Thank you so much for your encouraging words .. Pam, Janet, Susan and Tracy.
    I am sorry to leave as well but sometimes one has to put things down for a season. I have been doing this for a few years - the list says 38 posts.
    I do hope you join me on my blog and my newsletter.

  6. Thanks for the reminder that prayer is THE essential tool for the the writer's toolbox--and for all toolboxes I think. I will miss your posts but totally understand and am glad you are keeping your focus on prayer in other blogs. I will try to stay connected.

  7. Anonymous7:37 am GMT-7

    Words of wisdom ! Thank you!
    Terilyn writer

  8. Connie Mae,
    I will keep in touch as I put all of these wonderful posts on Twitter.

  9. You are so right Janis. Thanks for the reminder. How can we so often miss this critical step?


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