Can You Win the Game With Minutes?

pray copyThis is Day 7 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 am getting more and more excited to see where God is going to take us through this Challenge. Stay with me. You make a difference. We need YOU!

Being part of the 31 Days of Writing allows you to meet the nicest people. Earlier this evening I stumbled on one on 31 Days of Inspire. The question was asked at the end of her Day 8, “Who inspires you?” You’ve been with me a few days now, and aren’t you surprised that I didn’t comment with a resounding, “FRANK LAUBACH!” I had to think about it. I know what you’re thinking. I had what we call a “brain cloud.” Yes, I am inspired by this man. Here’s a few facts about him which give credibility to what he is saying:

Frank Charles Laubach was a man with, a big heart who made a difference.
Time magazine called him Mr. Literacy…..
Many others called him the “Apostle to the Illiterates”…….
Lowell Thomas called him the ‘greatest teacher of our time’……
On the anniversary of his 100th birthday in 1984, the U.S. Post Office honored him by putting his picture on a postage stamp in the Great American series.
But perhaps the most touching, and revealing title was given him by the tribes of the Belgian Congo. They called him Okombekombe, which means “mender of old baskets”, because he taught old people to read and write.

(Read the whole article here.) I’ll share more information about him later.

I first became acquainted with the writings of Frank Laubach through the book containing his memoirs called Practicing His Presence. I later came across, Prayer, Conversation with God, (no longer in print) and then more recently the book I have been highlighting through Dare to Pray, Prayer, the Mightiest Force in the World. All through his books, Laubach interweaves the concept of The Game With Minutes, which was first published in the Philippines in 1933.” Over the years, and I mean 20 or more, I have endeavored to play this game. Because this game, if played well, brings a wellspring of vibrant living like nothing else can offer, I will present this to you here, and we can continue with our Dare to Pray while playing “The Game With Minutes.” I hope you’ll join me.

Here’s how Dr. Laubach describes the game:

“We try to call Him (Jesus) to mind at least one second of each minute. We do not need to forget other things nor stop our work, but we invite Him to share everything we do or say or think. Hundreds of people have experimented until they have found ways to let Him share every minute that they are awake . In fact, it is no harder to learn this new habit than to learn the touch system in typing, and in time one can win a high percentage of his minutes with as little effort as an expert needs to write a letter.”

(The Game With Minutes, first printed in the Philippines in 1933.)

The greatest challenge in this game, he said, is this:

“Can I bring God back in my mind-flow every few seconds so that God shall always be in my mind as an after-image, shall always be one of the elements in every concept and precept?”

He added,

“I choose to make the rest of my life an experiment in this endeavor.”

And so do I!

I’ll be sharing more on the Game in days ahead. Meanwhile give it a try.

Today, don’t wait until you see a flag, or a symbol of our country, but all through the day, see how many minutes you can touch heaven on behalf of our country while playing the Game with Minutes.

Dare to Pray for teachers everywhere today. What an influence they have upon our children and our youth! Pray that teachers will be open to hear God’s voice and teach His children in love and truth.

Continue to Day 8

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Can We Connect With Others Through Prayer?

pray copyThis is Day 6 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.

In his book, Prayer the Mightiest Force in the World, (1946) Frank Laubach encourages us to make “flash prayers” using the name of Jesus.

“Some time ago, I was looking at a man sitting by an open window half a block away. I shot a rapid fire of prayer at him, saying three or four times a second: ‘Jesus, friend–Jesus is coming to you.’ In thirty seconds that man put his head in his hands and bent down over his desk, as though in prayer. Flashing hard and straight prayers in a street car while repeating ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus’ usually makes some of the people near you act as though they had been spoken to. . . .All Christians should acquire this habit.”

Since reading this book and others by Frank Laubach, I have experimented with this many times, and found it to be a wonderful way to keep the awareness of the Lord with me throughout the day.  Flashing prayers at strangers and wondering what God will do for them is exciting and fun. Learning to spend the day in the Presence of the Lord is the single most important thing we can do for the world we live in. “Every prayer we utter from the heart begins to change history at once.”

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

Dare to Pray, “Open our hearts toward you, Lord, that we would hear Your Voice and know your Will for our  lives and our country.”

Continue to Day 7

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