by Allen Arnold
Consecrating Your Creativity
You enter into holy ground when you create.
I invite you to begin your times of creating
by consecrating your life
– and your calling –
to the Creator.
I wrote this prayer for myself.
I hope it resonates with you.
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
You created me with this unique passion to create.
You invited me into this calling.
Breathe into me.
Your presence here.
You have broken my chains.
Rescued me from the desert.
This is not about me.
This is not up to me.
Slay my striving.
Replace my productivity
with your presence.
Help me not look to the world for inspiration –
but to your boundless imagination filled with
truth, goodness, nobility, grace, love.
Help me not look to the world for validation –
for you have given me this calling.
Even deeper, you’ve given me my identity.
I am first your son (or daughter).
So I consecrate my identity to you.
My creativity to you.
My heart to you.
My life to you.
Reign over it all.
I hunger for you God.
Your mystery. Your wildness. Your holiness.
We get to do this together.
To create with words, songs, art.
Images and stories of freedom.
Of healing. Of hope.
I want to run with you. Ride with you.
Write with you. Sing with you.
Create with you.
May our time be blazing with life and light.
I cast out the enemy and any spirits of
distraction, despair or disheartenment.
The enemy has no place in the life-giving
process of creation.
He is the author of lies.
You are the Author of life.
Grant me your peace.
It casts out all fear.
Grant me your presence.
I am never alone.
If you’re not here, I call the whole process off.
I can’t do it without you.
I don’t want to do it without you.
May my face glow from your presence.
Let me taste your goodness.
Give me a glimpse of the eternal songs, stories
and images only seen by those
in the kingdom of heaven.
May my creation reflect you as Creator.
May my calling reflect you as the Caller.
May the work of my hands make you smile.
May we do this together, Father.
In the name of Jesus,
I give you...me.
Allen Arnold loves the epic adventure God has set before him. From the mountains of Colorado, he leads Content & Resources for Ransomed Heart Ministries (led by John Eldredge). Before that, he spent 20 years in Christian Publishing - overseeing the development of more than 500 novels as founder and Publisher of Thomas Nelson Fiction. He was awarded the ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. But that doesn't really describe the man. Allen savors time with his family, craves the beach, drinks salsa by the glass, is hooked on the TV series "Once Upon a Time" and is passionate about helping storytellers write from an awakened heart.