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.

 

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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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What’s So Incredible About the Game With Minutes?

pray copyThis is Day 9 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!

As a nation thinks,so it is.

How can the “Game With Minutes” change how the nation thinks? When you grasp this concept, a lightbulb comes on, fireworks go off. This truth will impact your life. Here’s the exciting part: this nation of ours is made up of millions of individuals just like you and me. As I think, so I am. As we think, the nation thinks, and when our nation is thinking more about Christ and living more like Him, there is hope!

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

The “Game With Minutes” helps us to guard our heart, encourages us to bring Christ into our day to day activities, to converse with Him throughout the day, and to bring Him into every minute of our day. As I think, so I am.  Being in His presence, practicing His presence throughout each day is the best way to have “the mind of Christ.”

 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5

When enough of us have the mind of Christ, the nation changes and the world changes. And what can be more incredible than that?

There is another important part to the “Game With Minutes,” that I’ll give you on Day 10. It’s going to be fun!

Now that we are playing the “Game With Minutes,” continue to let every flag and every symbol of America remind you to pray and to bring God into your thoughts. Then continue to pray and to bring God into your thoughts throughout the day. When incredible things begin to happen in your life, be sure to let us know!

Dare to Pray, “Lord, let Truth fill our hearts, come forth from our lips, and reign over the United States of America.”

Continue to Day 10

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Who Wants to Play a Game as Old as Enoch?

“What a nation thinks about, that it is.”

pray copyThis is Day 8 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!

Frank Laubach believed that the world’s only hope was for the human race to become like Christ. At the time of his writing, he estimated that about one third of the world’s population were members of a Christian church and only half of that attended regularly. He suggested that even in the best churches, preachers spoke of Christ in only about one in four sermons or thirty minutes a month. These are dismal statistics.

“Less than ten minutes a week given to thinking about Christ by one-sixth of the people is not saving our country or our world; for selfishness, greed, and hate are getting a thousand times that much thought. What a nation thinks about, that it is. We shall not become like Christ until we give Him more time. Few people are getting enough of Christ to save either themselves or the world.”

(The Game With Minutes,1933, Laubach, p. 3)

The answer he offers us is the “Game With Minutes,” challenging us to bring Christ into our thoughts one second of every minute. He describes it as “a new name for something as old as Enoch.”

“We call this a game because it is a delightful experience and an exhilarating spiritual exercise; but we soon discover that it is far more than a game. Perhaps a better name for it would be ” an exploratory expedition.”

“Thank God, this adventure is free for everybody, rich or poor, wise or ignorant, famous or unknown, with a good past or a bad.”

(Laubach, p.7)

We cannot control the thoughts of our world, our nation, or even those closest to us, but we can direct our own thoughts toward the Lord, and inspire others to do the same.

Dare to Pray, “Holy Spirit, help each one of us to bring you into our thoughts every minute of this day.”

Continue to Day 9.

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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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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

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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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