Does God Need Our Help?

Day 3 of  31 Days of Writing

“We help God when we pray.”

pray copyI was all set to pronounce the answer to the question, “Does God need our help?” with an emphatic “Yes!” I had planned to base this on the statement above given by Frank Laubach on page 20 of the book, Prayer, the Mightiest Force in the World. I was also poised to share an anecdote of the church member who was visited by the new pastor which “clearly” demonstrates that God needs our help. In googling the question, I found a dozen articles that declare God does not need our help.

That was a surprise, at first, and a disappointment because I had to reframe my thoughts on the comment, “We help God when we pray.” No, he doesn’t need my help. Of course He doesn’t. He’s mighty, and strong, all powerful, all knowing. After all, with God, all things are possible! The really great news is, He doesn’t need it, but He wants it! He wants my help. He wants to use me. He wants to use you. He partners with us so that we can have a part in His inheritance. He designed his world with free will so that we have a vital role to play in what happens in and to that world. Here’s that fun story that illustrates the point:

A newly appointed pastor who went to visit the home of a congregation member. Upon arriving there the minister discovered his host was an avid gardener, and was only too delighted to show his pastor around the garden, a magnificent sea of greens, purples, blues, whites, yellows and pinks. Wanting to set the relationship off on a strong, positive note, the pastor said, “Praise God for the beauty of his handiwork”.

But his host replied in a somewhat offended tone, “Now pastor, don’t go giving all the credit to God. You should have seen this garden when the Almighty had it to himself!”

We are His body, His hands,  His feet, His voice. When we pray, we can walk through the halls of Congress and the White House. The Spirit of God can go directly to individuals far from us and can speak directly to them, giving them wisdom, changing their hearts. Dr. Laubach put it this way:

“Most of us will never enter the White House and offer advice to the President. probably he will never have time to read our letters. But we can give him what is far more important than advice. We can give him a lift into the presence of God, make him hungry for divine wisdom which is the grandest thing one man ever does for another. We can visit the White House with prayer as many times a day as we think of it, and every such visit makes us a channel between God and the President.”

Today when you see a flag or a symbol of America:

Dare to Pray for the President of the United States, for our Congress and all national and local leaders. Pray for wisdom and for God to make an entrance into their hearts for His will to be done.

We help God when we pray!

Continue to Day Four

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How Much Prayer Is Enough?

“Enough people praying enough will release into the human blood stream the mightiest medicine in the universe, for we shall be the channels through which God can exert His infinite power.”

pray copyDay Two: How much prayer is enough? My answer is simple. Pray as much as you can, as often as you can because prayer is talking to God. God, the Creator of the universe wants to talk to you. He wants to hear what you have to say, and He wants to answer your questions and give you His thoughts. He has every answer and every solution. He has all power and all might. Frank Laubach so aptly stated, “Enough people praying enough will release into the human blood stream the mightiest medicine in the universe, for we shall be the channels through which God can exert His infinite power.” Prayer creates a channel for God’s power to flow into the world, and the world needs God’s power more than ever before. How much prayer is enough? How much of God’s power do you want flowing to the world?

Additional Resource: You Pray Too Much

And today on Day Two, every time you see a flag or a symbol of America:

Dare to Pray for Divine Safety and protection over the United States of America. Declare that our country abides under the Shadow of the Almighty. He is our refuge and strength according to Psalm 91:1, 2.

Continue to Day Three

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Welcome to 31 Days of “Dare to Pray”

pray copyWelcome to 31 Days of Dare to Pray! This is my first time with the 31 Days Writing Challenge, but not my first challenge of the year. Four Challenges grabbed me and wrapped their loving arms around me this year. I embraced every one of them: Joyce Meyers’ 3030 Bible Meditation Challenge in March. In April, the A to Z Challenge called my name, and I answered with zest. I was beaten by 40 Bags in 40 Days during Lent, but the bags are waiting patiently yet to be filled before the year ends. Just last month I accepted the 30 day Hope for America Challenge which I feel God personally laid on my heart. I had already planned to continue praying for America every day through October when the 31 Days Writing Challenge knocked on my door. Of course I opened it. I feel like I have uncovered the mother lode in finding the 31 Dayers. Find the details here: write31days.com and join us.

Prayer-LaubachWhen you stop over here to visit Dare to Be Happy this month, you will find inspiration and motivation to pray. We will discover insights in the little book called, Prayer, the Mightiest Force in the World,  by Frank Laubach. Published in 1946, this 127 page book contains boundless wisdom and simple answers for the why, how, when and where of prayer.

Over the next 31 days, I will use quotes and excerpts from this timeless book to motivate and inspire myself and others to use this mighty force called “prayer”  to pray specifically for the United States of America.

I will offer “7 second” prayer suggestions. My great desire is to inspire a group of pray-ers to pray for America every day and every time they see a flag or a symbol of America. I am seeing sometimes ten flags or symbols in a day, and these little prayer/ proclamation moments make a difference. I’ve seen t-shirts, bathing suits, shorts, pocketbooks, umbrellas, hats and even shoes. These are reminders to pray. I invite you to join me in seeing how many you can find in a day. The more pray-ers we have declaring God’s blessings over America, the more power there is to turn this ship, America, back to God. It is not too late!

Whenever you see a symbol of America today,

Dare to Pray: God Bless America!

Do you feel an urgency or a desire to pray for our country? Let’s join together and see what God will do! Please let me know in the comments if you’re willing to give it a try this month. Come by each day for encouragement and to see what the “7 Second Prayer” is for the day. Please leave comments;  I really look forward to getting to know you. This page will be our “Table of Contents” so come back here to find each “Dare to Pray.” And here’s where you’ll find links to my friends in the Inspiration and Faith section of 31 Days of Writing. I’m #516.

Day One: Welcome to 31 Days of  Dare to Pray

Day Two: How Much Prayer Is Enough?

Day Three: Does God Need Our Help?

Day Four: How Much Power Is In A Raindrop?

Day Five: What Difference Does It Make?

Day Six: Can We Connect With Others Through Prayer?

Day Seven: Can You Win the Game With Minutes?

Day Eight: Who Wants to Play a Game as Old as Enoch?

Day Nine: What’s So Incredible About the Game With Minutes?

Day Ten: May I Have An Hour of Your Time?

Day Eleven: How Do You Play the Game With Minutes?

Day Twelve: Why Should I Play the Game With Minutes?

Day Thirteen: Tips, Hints, Helps, and Strategies for Playing the Game With Minutes”

Day Fourteen: Does It Really Matter?

Day Fifteen: Are You Ready to Get in the Game?

Day Sixteen: Who’s In for 15 More Days of Prayer?

Day Seventeen: Flash Prayers, Breath Prayers, and 7-Second Prayers

Day Eighteen: Where, When, and How to Play the Game With Minutes

Day Nineteen: Dare to Be Happy

Day Twenty: Can You Hear the the Lord Speaking to You?

Day Twenty-One: Three Times I Heard From God

Day Twenty-Two: Are You Ready to Experiment with Listening Prayer?

Day Twenty-Three: How Is Your Hearing?

Day Twenty-Four: Does God Want You to Hear Him?

Day Twenty-Five: Speaking Through Pictures

Day Twenty-Six: The Beauty of the Heart

Day Twenty-Seven:Not By Words Alone

Day Twenty-Eight: Where Is God?

Day Twenty-Nine: Let’s Be Friends

Day Thirty: The Invitation

Day Thirty-One: 31 Thoughts From 31 Days

 

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