What Difference Does It Make?

“Nobody but God knows how often prayers have changed the course of history.”

(Frank Laubach, p. 31)

pray copyThis is Day 5 of my 31 Days of Writing Challenge called “Dare to Pray.” If you are stopping by for the first time, you may want to start at the beginning on Day One by clicking here first. I hope you’ll join me each day to get a little inspiration and to pick up the “7 Second Dare to Pray” that we can each pray throughout our day. I truly believe all of these instantaneous prayers will add up and make a huge impact on our world.

Frank Laubach wrote the little book, Prayer, the Mightiest Force in the World right after World War II. The world was still in turmoil with millions grieving the loss of loved ones, loss of homes, loss of life as they knew it. In this powerful book, he urges his readers to pray to avert further evil from occurring in the world and to prevent what he felt would surely be a third world war. It has been nearly 70 years since this writing, and I for one feel very thankful that Dr. Laubach and others recruited an army of millions to pray for our world. I was born a few years after the end of this war, and have enjoyed the safety, peace, and prosperity that others sacrificed their time to bring forth through prayer.

Can we have this same impact on the next 70 years? Even 7 days, or 7 years can be affected by our prayers.

“Nobody but God knows how often prayers have changed the course of history.” How many hurricanes have gone out to sea because of prayer? How many have come to the Lord through prayer that then affected thousands of others through time? Think of all of the things that could have happened to prevent you from even being born. If just one of your ancestors had died prematurely in battle, disease, or accident, you would not have experienced life. If we believe that prayers change the course of history, we will pray more.

Every time you see a flag today or a symbol of America:

Dare to Pray, “Lord,  heal our land.”

Continue to Day 6

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How much Power Is in a Raindrop?

Day 4 of  31 Days of Writing

“Prayer is powerful, but it is not the power of a sledge hammer that crushes with one blow. It is the power of sun rays and raindrops which bless, because there are so many of them.”

(Laubach, 1946, p. 22)

This is Day 4 of my 31 Days of Writing Challenge called “Dare to Pray.” If you are stopping by for the first time, you may want to start at the beginning on Day One by clicking here first. I hope you’ll join me each day to get a little inspiration and to pick up the “7 Second Dare to Pray” that we can each pray throughout our day. I truly believe all of these instantaneous prayers will add up and make a huge impact on our world.

You may want to hear the rain and thunder as you read (or not).

This beautiful passage from Isaiah 55 describes the power of rain and snow upon the earth.

Isaiah 55:10-12

“As the rain and the snow

come down from heaven,

and do not return to it

without watering the earth

and making it bud and flourish,

so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

11so is my word that goes out from my mouth:

It will not return to me empty,

but will accomplish what I desire

and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

12You will go out in joy

and be led forth in peace;

the mountains and hills

will burst into song before you,

and all the trees of the field

will clap their hands.

What can a raindrop do?

“We Christians must learn to flash hundreds of instantaneous prayers at people near and far, knowing that many prayers may show no visible results, but that at least some of them will hit their mark.” Raindrops

“If ten million praying people in the United States stopped for a few seconds several times every day to flash a prayer at the President or our Senators, they (the leaders) would feel a gentle spiritual power almost lifting them out of their chairs.” Raindrops

“Even the busiest of people who are thronged by people, problems and by ideas and think they have not time to pray, have a hundred chinks of time every day. Into these chinks they could shoot flash prayers for our country and our leaders. Even when surrounded by family or business associates they could flash momentary secret messages to God.” Raindrops

“A shower of prayers, gentle as snow, must fall upon these leaders in every nation to save them from being jealous, suspicious, greedy, prejudiced, full of resentment and hatred.” Raindrops

“People would pray if they knew that prayer can save the world. They are waiting for us to lead the way.” Raindrops

(All of the quotes above are taken from Prayer, the Mightiest Force in the World, 1946, Frank Laubach pp 22-29.)

Your prayers are raindrops and they are magnificently powerful!

Dare to Pray:  Your thoughts are higher than our thoughts, Lord God. Give us your thoughts today about our country, our leaders, and our neighbors.

Continue to Day 5

americaWhat are your thoughts on raindrops and prayers?