“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)
I live by faith most of the time. Every once in a while I get to see evidence of the reality I’ve been hoping for—like what I saw last week. This evidence surfaced at the closing session of the SoCal Christian Writers Conference. I’ve attended similar conferences over the years, and have never seen what I saw at SoCal CWC that evening.
I might have assumed my role as prayer team leader finally opened my eyes to what has always been evident at these conferences to everyone but me. But I served on the prayer team for the exact conference the previous year and had not seen this evidence then.
Something had shifted.
I’m certain everyone in the closing session last week felt the shift. It started when Kathy Ide, the conference director, opened the mic for comments from attendees. What could have been a time of affirmation for deserving faculty and staff turned into something much richer. And deeper. I can describe what transpired with two words: prayer meeting.
Actually, I need more than two words. The closing session at #SoCalCWC2019 turned into a powerful, spirit-filled, goosebump-inducing prayer meeting.
I had prayed fervently for this shift.
For a long time, I have begged God to turn things around for his writers. I’m tired of watching books with little to no truth break sales records while well-crafted, deeply written books barely sell. I’m grieved when Christian authors use their platform to bring glory to themselves. I’m discouraged from watching the popular supersede the profound.
Last November, a dear friend sent me an email with a link to a blog post she thought would encourage me. My heart swelled when I saw the link to Lana Vawser Ministries. My friend had introduced me to Lana’s prophetic voice the prior month through a similar email. Every word of that prophecy had come true.
My friend set the tone for the new link saying, “We read through parts of this [prophetic word] at our weekly regional intercessors group yesterday. We prayed for new downloads/revelation, super sensitivity to the Spirit, stewardship of the heart of what God is doing through our giftings, and expansion of publishers hungry to get behind God’s agenda and purposes!”
I read Lana’s post and wept tears of joy. This part became my prayer: “[God] is looking for His writers to be laid down, yielded, deep in the Word and seeking His heart.”
I want to be like that. I want all Christian writers to be like that. So I have been praying fervently for God to raise up writers like that, and to enlarge the territory of those who are “laid down, yielded, deep in the Word and seeking His heart.”
I met writers like that last week at SoCal CWC. I saw the evidence at the closing session.
Lana’s post concluded with these words: “Many of you are entering into the greatest writing anointing of your life. It’s time! It’s time for the heartbeat of God to get even louder on the earth through His writings through you!”
If this resonates with you, I encourage you to read the entire post here: WRITERS TAKE HEART, YOU ARE BREAKING NEW GROUND IN YOUR WRITING!! Yes, she actually used two exclamation points. I choose to believe every word of this prophecy will also come true. When it does, and when I write about it, you can be sure I will be using multiple exclamation points!