Having prayer as part of the creative routine helps purify the heart. It's hard to spend time with someone if you're mad at them or think they're mad at you. Regular prayer time softens the heart and allows God to deal with issues as they crop up. This is not only good for the creative process, but it's healthy for the Christian's heart.
In his book A Life of Miracles, Bill Johnson wrote, “The Holy Spirit lives in my spirit. That is the place of communion with God. As we learn to receive from our spirits, we learn to be Spirit led.
“By faith, we understand (Hebrews 11:3.) Faith is the foundation for all true intellectualism. When we learn to learn that way, we open ourselves up to grow in true faith because faith does not require understanding to function.&rdquo
Faith helps believers abandon their need to have all the answers, learn to flow with the Spirit and seek solutions that are not of this world. When Christian artists submit themselves to the Holy Spirit, new and creative work is bound to stream out of them.
In 1 Corinthians 6:17 it says, “But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” Believers already have the connection. Communicating with the Lord throughout the artist's day opens up the lines of dialog and allows creativity and ideas to pass down from the author of Creativity Himself. Who wouldn't want to be tapped into that kind of power source? He is a willing and able teacher with unmatched qualifications.
Since the Bible tells us that believers will be tested, this becomes another reason to pursue a lifestyle of prayer. First Corinthians 6:13 says, “Each man's work will become evident: for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work.” What a tragedy to spend a whole lifetime pouring out passion and talent in vain--especially when there is a way to avoid it. Staying connected to God in prayer helps guide the artist's life and protect from futile toil.
What believer in the arts wouldn't want their work to affect the world positively? Keeping the lines of communication open with God helps make that possible. Learning to walk by faith assists the process. But there's another simple thing anyone can do: ASK! Jesus says, “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.” (Mark 11:24)
God offers all of His children the help they need to make it through each day. Prayer is the fastest way to petition that help. If prayer isn't already a regular part of your creative process, today is a perfect day to start.