If you're like me, you are often writing on the run or jotting down notes as you go about you duties of the day. I don't stop to pray before I get those words down on my notepad. Doing so might cause me to lose the point that came to me while I was folding the laundry. Beginning the day with a morning prayer, however, covers all bases.
I can refresh as the day goes on.
For years, I have prayed The Lord's Prayer in the morning--often before stepping into my slippers, which is when the real action begins. Although we know and love this prayer, here it is as a reminder. Many poster forms of this prayer can be found on the Internet. This one, being a free image, can be copied and literally pasted into a notebook or kept in a plastic sleeve.
Through this prayer, I surrender my will, which includes setting priorities and dealing with distractions according to God's will rather than my own. I ask for daily bread, which, to me, means healthy living and spiritual bread for my life and for my writing.
Asking forgiveness, can clear my mind of any wrong doings of yesterday. "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil" like those niggling writerly issues of pride, false humility, lack of confidence, impatience, judgment, biased thinking . . .
In more recent times, and as recommended by one of my friends who is a "cradle Catholic," I have come to appreciate The Morning Offering. For my writing, I can say, "I offer you, Dear Jesus, 'my prayers, my sufferings, my disappointments, my joys and my works.'
My research on the Net unearthed wonderful Christian prayers suitable for people in any denomination. Here is one.
My Daily Offering to the LordFavourite Psalms
"May the favour of the Lord rest on us (today);
establish the work of our hands for us--
yes, establish the work of our hands."
Psalm 90:17 (NIV)
"Let this be written for a future generation,
that a people not yet created may praise the Lord."
Psalm 102:18 (NIV)
Here's another thought! Write Your Own Psalm--See Write Your Own Psalm - MarcAlanSchelske.com
Savour a Morning Song
Morning Has Broken
Sarach McLachlan and her music students sing Prayer of St. Francis
Write Your Own Writer's Prayer
You may have previously read my comments on The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. In the Appendix of her book on page 223, Cameron presents "An Artist's Prayer," which would be suitable for a writing group. Combining her thoughts on our being created by The Creator for creative living, I wrote my personal "Artist's Prayer."
You may pray this with me, or use this as a starting point to write your own "Artist's Prayer."
Dear Creator God,
I am here (at the kitchen table)
In your presence, asking You
To help me become aware
Of the abundance in my life.
May I sense your bounty freely given
Rather than fixating on my own lack.
I offer myself to you as an instrument
Of your peace and your plan.
I open myself to your creativity in my life.
I surrender my old ideas.
In their place, I welcome your new
And more expansive ways and design.
I trust you will lead me
For I know it is safe to follow,
Trusting you will lead me
In the direction that is right for me.
I know that you created me.
I know that creativity is your nature
And therefore my nature
For I am made in your image.
I ask you to unfold my life
According to your plan
Rather than according
To my own sense of self worth
Or the lack thereof.
Help me to understand and believe
That it is not too late for me
And that I am not too small or too flawed
To be healed by you and made whole
So that I may serve you and give you my best.