This 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.
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.
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!