Cover Ministry Gifts with the Blood of Jesus

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. 2 Corinthians 10:4 (KJV)
 
Nearly 10 years ago, I was involved in my church's publications ministry. It was in that experience that I learned writing can be a gift.
 
It was also there that I learned of the spiritual warfare involved. From personal relationships to health issues, we were challenged. We dug in our heels and fought in prayer. However, the battling took its toll. Things happened within the church that prompted me to leave, and after several situations and also the busy-ness of life, my writing was tucked to the side.
 
Recently, using the writing gift as it is intended beckoned me gently back. I've enjoyed digging out journals and going through scads of notes, and what a thrill in seeking the Lord in the stories He wants told.
 
Yet I am not ignorant of  the spiritual warfare involved, and am proceeding with caution and prayer.

During a recent Christian writer's conference, I was a bit disappointed that during the five days, the topic of the importance of prayer covering was only addressed once by a presenter. I believe it is crucial for believers, no matter what area of ministry they are in, to be aware of the wiles of the enemy, and to be "prayed up."
 
No, we are not to be afraid, but at the very least, believers should pray and ask the Lord's guidance, and seek His protection as we go forward in His work. To not do that, and to not instruct others to do so, is naive and potentially harmful.
 
Precious Father, thank You for ministry gifts. You tell us in Your word that to whom much is given, much is required. May we be mindful that we are all engaged in battle, and we are to pray without ceasing. We will go forth without fear because we are Yours, and we shall emerge victorious! Use us for Your service, and may we bring glory to Your name. In Jesus' name, Amen.