Why Should I Play the Game With Minutes?

“The sense of being led by an unseen hand which takes mine while another hand reaches ahead and prepares the way, grows upon me daily. I do not need to strain at all to find opportunity. It piles in upon me as the waves roll over the  beach, and yet there is time to do something about each opportunity.” (Practicing His Presence, Laubach, 1973, p 5-6.)

pray copyThis is Day 12 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. You’ve come along just in time to get in on the BIG GIVEAWAY! See instructions at the end of this post to enter to win one of the free books mentioned in the 31 Days of Dare to Pray or an Amazon gift card.

Frank Laubach has described his experience living his life moment by moment with God. Today I have included several direct quotes from his books that illustrate the prizes that can be won while playing this game.

“I feel simply carried along each hour, doing my part in a plan which is far beyond myself. This sense of cooperation with God in little things is what so astonishes me. I need something and turn around to find it waiting for me. I must work, to be sure but there is God working along with me. God takes care of all the rest. My part is to live this hour in continuous inner conversation with God and in perfect responsiveness to his will, to make this hour gloriously rich. This seems to be all I need think about.” p. 5

“And I must witness that people outside are treating me different. Obstacles which I once would have regarded as insurmountable are melting away like a mirage.” p. 6

“All who have tried that kind of abiding for a month know the power of it–it is like being born again from center to circumference. It absolutely changes every person who does it. And it will change the world that does it.” (The Game With Minutes, Laubach, 1933, p4

You’re in the game, play to win!

Dare to Pray for families in America to be strong and for hearts to be healed.

 

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Have you seen any unusual “reminders to pray.” I’m going to do a giveaway on Day 15. Submit your pictures showing a symbol of America like the jeep below. Upload your original photo to my Facebook page, Dare to Be Happyand leave a comment on the blog post here. Let me know you want to win the book and wny. You can post your photos anytime between now and midnight on October 15. Photos can be flags, people in t-shirts, pocketbooks, shoes. I am becoming more aware of the patriotic symbols that I encounter on a daily basis; all are reminders to pray.

I will send three winners a copy of a Frank Laubach book or an Amazon gift card. 2 Winners will be chosen at random and 1 by most unusual photo. Keep praying!

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Continue to Day 13

How Do You Play the Game With Minutes?

pray copyThis is Day 11 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. You’ve come along just in time to get in on the BIG GIVEAWAY! See instructions at the end of this post to enter to win one of the free books mentioned in the 31 Days of Dare to Pray or an Amazon gift card.

Here’s how to play the Game With Minutes:

Game Equipment: Bible, pictures of Jesus, anything that reminds you of Him, notebook

To Start the Game: Choose a favorable hour, one in which you will not be intensely involved in mental activity toward other endeavors. As you begin, you invite Jesus into what you are doing and ask Him to help you remain aware of His Presence with you.

Object of the Game:See how many minutes you can bring Jesus into your thinking during any hour during the day. High score-60 Low Score-0

Game Play:

Choose any of these actions and use in any order:

  • Start by thinking the name of Jesus, saying His name over in your mind many times
  • Picture Him in your imagination
  • Read from the Bible
  • Say a favorite scripture
  • Memorize a new scripture
  • Imagine yourself in the midst of a story form the Bible
  • Send flash prayers to strangers or those nearby
  • Send thoughts of Jesus to people as you talk to them (example: “Jesus loves you.”)
  • When you are reading, imagine you are reading with Jesus. Ask what he thinks about what you are reading.
  • Ask Him questions
  • Listen for His answers
  • Give Him thanks for things you see
  • Give Him thanks for things you have
  • Give Him thanks for people you know
  • Give Him thanks for what He has done
  • Tell Him how you feel about Him

Variations: When you find new ways to bring Jesus into your thoughts, please share in comments below.

Winning: “The results of this game begin to show clearly in a month. They grow rich after six months, and glorious in ten years.” (The Game With Minutes, Laubach, p. 6)

When you see a symbol of America,

Dare to Pray “Thy will be done in the United States of America, as it is in heaven.”

Continue to Day 12 after reading about the Big Giveaway.

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Have you seen any unusual “reminders to pray.” I’m going to do a giveaway on Day 15. Submit your pictures showing a symbol of America like the golf cart below. Upload your original photo to my Facebook page, Dare to Be Happyand leave a comment on the blog post here. Let me know you want to win the book and wny. You can post your photos anytime between now and midnight on October 15. Photos can be flags, t-shirts, pocketbooks. They do not have to be unusual like the golf cart. I am becoming more aware of the patriotic symbols that I encounter on a daily basis; all are reminders to pray.

I will send three winners a copy of a Frank Laubach book or an Amazon gift card. 2 Winners will be chosen at random and 1 by most unusual photo. Keep praying!

 

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Photo taken by me at BI-Lo in Myrtle Beach

May I Have an Hour of Your Time?

pray copyThis is Day 10 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. Thank you for joining me here today. Please leave a comment. What you think is very valuable to me and others.

In the past ten days, we have traveled on a pathway of praying big prayers over the United States of America to giving a great deal of focus on bringing each of our daily thoughts to Christ. This is the Game with Minutes, defined by Frank Laubach in 1933. It is prayer. It is practicing the Presence of God. It is centering our mind, will, and emotions on Jesus. It is lifting our fellow man to Jesus. It is changing our nation, thought by thought, prayer by prayer. Each thought directed to Jesus is a prayer. And each prayer is precious in His sight. We continue our pathway of prayer, walking daily with the Lord accomplishing His Will in partnership with Him.

On Day 9, I gave an overview of one of the parts of the Game With Minutes, basically as described above bringing Jesus into our thoughts at least one second of every minute. We don’t expect to win every minute, but we will get better with practice. The other part to the Game sets the foundation. I skipped over it and started working on my minutes, but now I am boldly ready to consider Part 1.

In Laubach’s words:

“We have a study hour. We read and reread the life of Jesus as written in the gospels thoughtfully and prayerfully at least an hour a day. We find fresh ways and new translations, so that this reading will never be dull, but always stimulating and inspiring. Thus we walk with Jesus through Galilee by walking with him through the pages of His earthly history.”

It is challenging enough to bring Jesus into every thought. Is it even possible to give a whole hour to Bible reading and meditation? Fortunately we have the scripture to rely on:

We can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us. Philippians 4:13

I will need that verse to accomplish this. I know there are many who do this on a regular basis. It just seems monumental to me. I have to encourage myself in the fact that in March, I accomplished the 3030 Challenge of Bible meditation with Joyce Meyers. If I had to choose a highlight of my year, that would surely be at the top. I gave it up only because I started getting too sleepy to stay awake to do it. Difficult as it may seem for me, I am confident that moving in this direction will exponentially affect the results we receive in our Game. By way of practicality, consider what respected author and teacher, Rick Joyner has to say about this subject. He is speaking specifically of prayer, but the same guidance applies to Bible study.

First, I think it is certainly noble to want to pray for an hour each day, and I will even agree that this would be good for every believer. However, if you try to get there too fast you will probably fail, and may even drift from prayer altogether. If you will start with trying to be faithful to pray just five minutes each day, you will soon start to love prayer. Then you will find yourself automatically going ten minutes, and then twenty… Soon you will be so addicted to prayer and the presence of the Lord that your whole life will begin to revolve around trying to find time to get away and pray.

 

americaThe Game is On. Day 11 will outline the Rules of the Game.

Be reminded today whenever you see a flag or a symbol of America:

Dare to Pray for pastors. Declare the name of Jesus over this nation.

Coming Soon

giveawayGiveaway on Day 15

Have you seen any unusual “reminders to pray.” I’m going to do a giveaway on Day 15. Submit your pictures showing a symbol of America like the shoes to below. Upload your original photo to my Facebook page, “Dare to Be Happy” and leave a comment on the blog post here. You can post your photos anytime between now and midnight on October 15.

I will send three winners a copy of a Frank Laubach book or an Amazon gift card. 2 Winners will be chosen at random and 1 by most unusual photo. Keep praying!

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