As I explained to our authors when announcing this program, this is not a publicity event. It’s something that focuses my attention back on the purpose behind all of my marketing efforts. Here are three reasons to join us in praying for our Bethany House authors:
Because stories have power. Novels are not a collection of entertaining lies. They are deeply true, sometimes truer than nonfiction can be. Not in the sense that their events actually happened or that the people in them are real, but in the sense that they can make us understand faith and life and love in new ways. God works through fiction. I’ve seen it happen in others, and I’ve seen it in my own life. Our authors have a unique opportunity to reach people with truth about God.
Because prayer has power. I’ll be the first to say that I can’t diagram the specific “hows” and “whens” of the way prayer to a God outside of time influences the world. What I do know is that the Bible says that our prayers matter. I know all of our authors appreciate knowing that we’re praying for them, too.
Because joining together with other believers has power. Through these days of prayer, you have a wonderful opportunity to come together with Christians from around the world to pray. Unity was very important to Jesus—just check out his final prayer for the church—and this is a great way to demonstrate that.
Remember that even though this day of prayer is for our authors, it isn’t just for them. I’d encourage you to use these monthly prayer reminders to think of friends, family members, and coworkers to pray for as well.
Pray for people by name. Have your kids join you in praying for others. Pick something—a sound, a time of day, a particular object—that reminds you of a friend or family member and use it as a reminder to send up a quick prayer for them. Let people know you prayed for them—even non-Christians often find this encouraging because it shows them that you care.
And thank you for joining with me in this. I’m excited to see how God will work through your prayers—although often the biggest impact happens in ways we can’t see: through changes of the heart.