31 Thoughts From 31 Days of “Dare to Pray”

pray copyThis is it, Day 31 of the 31 Days of Writing Challenge! Here’s the  beginning, Day 1   just in case you missed it. 

In this last writing, I am pulling out some thoughts that I want to take with me. I may even stop back here occasionally and pull a “Thought for the Day.” For example, if it’s November 15,  I’ll skim down to #15 and meditate on that nugget for the day. I hope you’ll join me. Have a wonderful week. See you soon!

Thoughts for the Day

  1. Prayer creates a channel for God’s power to flow into the world. (Day 2)
  2. We can flash hundreds of instantaneous prayers at people near us or faraway all throughout the day. (Day 4)
  3. If we believe that prayers change the course of history, we will pray more.(Day 5)
  4. 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.(Day 6)
  5. In playing the Game With Minutes, we try to call Him (Jesus) to mind at least one second of each minute. (Day 7)
  6. “What a nation thinks about, that it is.” 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.(Day 8)
  7. 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. (Day 9)Beautiful-Sunset-in-Marrakesh
  8. If you will start with trying to be faithful to pray just five minutes each day, you will soon start to love prayer and will find yourself praying, ten minutes, then twenty, and more. (Day 10)
  9. The results of the Game With Minutes begin to show clearly in a month. They grow rich after six months, and glorious in ten years.” Frank Laubach (Day 11)
  10. “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.” Frank Laubach (Day 12)
  11. “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.” Frank Laubach (Day 12)
  12. “I feel simply carried along each hour, doing my part in a plan which is far beyond myself.” Frank Laubach (Day 12)
  13. “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.” Frank Laubach (Day 12)
  14. The silent words that make up our thoughts are really inner conversation with ourselves. Instead, as we turn all of our thoughts to God, we make all thought a conversation with God. (Day 13)trees
  15. When our mind wanders away, as it will, we gently bring it back to God. Every minute is a new beginning. (Day 13)
  16. “I am finding every day the best of the five or six ways that I try to keep contact with God is for me to wait for His thoughts, to ask Him to speak.” Frank Laubach (Day 13)
  17. What matters to you, matters to God. (Day 14)
  18. “If you forget to play the game for minutes or hours or days, do not groan or repent, but begin anew with a smile.” (Day 15) Frank Laubach
  19. We can take every day irritating events or frustrating circumstances and turn them into life-changing adventures by praying. (Day 15)
  20. “Flash Prayers,” Breath Prayers” or “7-second Prayers” can take only a breath or a few seconds to pray. You can have one ready at all times. (Day 17)
  21. We turn every thought to Christ, teaching ourselves to quickly turn a thought into a prayer. If we don’t know what to say, we can bring up what or who is in front of us. (Day 17)sky3
  22. Making all thought a conversation with God is the greatest, most productive, and joyous activity we could possibly engage upon. (Day 18)
  23. When you are happy, you can lighten the load of those around you. (Day 19)
  24. God’s love for us is greater than anything we could imagine. (Day 20)
  25. Look at the horizon, lift your eyes up and see as far as you can see. Trust God to take you there.(Day 21)
  26. Expect to hear His Voice, and your sense of spiritually hearing will improve with practice. (Day 23)
  27. Look for Him to speak through the things and people around you. (Day 25)
  28. Sometimes the beauty of the heart can only be expressed with the absence of words. (Day 26)word-of-god
  29. God is not limited by words. (Day 27)
  30. “There is no pit so deep that He [God] is not deeper still.” Betsie Ten Boom (Day 28)
  31. Because of the Name of Jesus, all of our prayers and all of our days can be full of life and joyful answers. (Day 30)

As I make the final keystroke on this Challenge, I say, “Good-bye for now!” Please stop in often and share your thoughts.

We must continue to pray, remembering that our prayers change the course of history.

Have you developed the habit of praying every time you see a flag or a symbol of America? It is so easy to forget to bring our requests before the Father. Let each symbol remind us to pray. Dare to Pray for America. God bless America and God bless each of you!

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Daily Dare: Dare to Be Happy

americaThis is the last day of the 30 Day Hope for America Prayer Challenge. I don’t know if anyone else has benefited as much as I have. I do hope so!

News headlines still scream destruction, racism, violence and hatred, but to me, it is like they have no voice. The sound has been muted. What I am hearing is the Voice of Hope that God is delivering us. He is protecting us, and yes, even prospering us as we keep our trust in Him.

I am hearing the quiet lapping of waves against the side of the ship as it turns toward Him. I am hearing the sound of prayers repenting and lifting our country up to the Lord. I am hearing the sound of dancers dancing out praise to the Lord for what He is doing in our land. I am seeing people stand up for America and declare the goodness of God over our land. praise-dance-1

What else can you do for America? Be happy! Proverbs 17:22 tells us,

“A merry heart does good like a medicine.”

Who is the medicine for? Is it for you? Or is it for someone else? Is it for your fellow Americans? Is it for your country? When you are happy, you can lighten the load of those around you. Love your family, love your country, love God. Let your heart sing with thanksgiving. Let your happy heart claim the things you desire through prayer. Be happy. God is with you. Rejoice in the good you see and the hope you have. Dare to be happy.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

John 16:33 tells us that we have our peace in Him. In the world, there is trouble, but be happy, He has overcome the world. Our heart can be happy, even while we are going through trouble of our own. Our heart can be happy as we reach out to those who are hurting. Our compassion comes from the peace, love and joy that sustains us. This is what gives us the resources to provide the comfort and kindness that others need. Be of good cheer. Dare to be happy.

Daily Dare: Dare to be happy. It’s good medicine for all of us.

 

umbrellaHere is a list of the 23 posts on The Hope for America Challenge. We have now completed the first 30 days of praying daily for America. Will you join me for the next 30 days? The key is to pray at least a simple prayer or declaration whenever you see a symbol of America. Today I saw an amazing umbrella boasting the stars and stripes. That’s a reminder to pray. With all of us praying, God is moving and all of heaven is at hand to perform the works of the Lord. Don’t stop! Keep praying, and encourage others to pray. Review the Daily Dares and add your comments. We’re in this together, and you can make a difference.

 

Hope Through Prayer: The Daily Dare August 31, 2014
Daily Dare: Dream for America September 2, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Believe September 2, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Resist Negativity September 4, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Be Grateful September 5, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Leave a Comment September 6, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Share the Dare September 7, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Persevere September 8, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Trust September 9, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Stand September 10, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Dedicate Ourselves September 11, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Speak the Name of Jesus September 12, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Let Hope Rise Up September 15, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Say September 16, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Rest September 17, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Love September 18, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Repent September 19, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Be Faithful To Pray September 22, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Believe He Keeps You Safe September 26, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Turn the Ship Around September 27, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Look for the Good in America September 28, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Dance September 29, 2014

 

Daily Dare: Dare to Dance

americaDance is a type of art that generally involves movement of the body, often rhythmic and to music. It is performed in many cultures as a form of emotional expression, social interaction, or exercise, in a spiritual or performance setting, and is sometimes used to express ideas or tell a story.

Dare to dance? When I first felt that the Lord was giving me that dare, I was reminded of a story I read years ago in a book called Glory by Ruth Ward Heflin. I found that story here, entitled “How Dancing Before the Lord Releases Power in Your Life. It is well worth taking time to read, and even more worthwhile taking time to actually try. I don’t know about you, but if it takes dancing before the Lord to restore our country to greatness, to safety, and to being One Nation Under God, I will do it! And I did, and I will. Will you join me in this dare?

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Here’s how: Put on any praise and worship music or other music that will facilitate your prayer time. Dare to move your body even if it is just moving from side to side or up and down as Ruth had to do in the airplane restroom. (I hope you read the article. Did I mention it was worth reading?) Even if you have never done anything like this before, I dare you to try just a little movement.  And with your heart leading you in your own home, you can dance from your own state to California. You can stop off in Utah and pray for the Mormons there. You can go to DC and pray for Congress; you can dance through the White House. Dance to Florida and up to Maine, over to Washington and south to Texas. Go anywhere your heart leads you. I had a great time, and I will do it again.

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The more of ourselves we give to whatever we are doing, the more benefit will come from it. David did it when he brought the Ark of God back to Jerusalem in 2 Samuel 6:12-16. He danced with all of his might. David’s dancing embarrassed his wife. Even though you are doing this in the privacy of your home, you might feel embarrassed or foolish for  dancing, but God will honor it. Psalm 150:4 tells us to praise Him with timbrel and dance.

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Ruth Heflin declares, “Don’t let a day go by that you don’t dance. Praise the Lord in the dance. Let that anointing go from the top of your head to the soles of your feet. Praise the Lord in the dance.”

Daily Dare: Dare to dance in prayer and praise to the Lord on behalf of our country.

Here’s a great song to get you started:

 

 

Daily Dare: Dare to Look for the Good in America

flag with statueSunday, as I stood worshiping in church, I looked around at others worshiping and thought, “This is America!” These are the people who make up our country. We so often hear in the news the horrific acts committed by people on a daily basis, yet there is much that is never reported. There are heroic acts being done every day. There are people who lay their lives down for others every day. There are men and women every day who sacrifice their time, their energy and their money to help others. There are those who encourage others on a daily basis, and those who light up their workplace, school, or home with their smile and thereby make our day and our world better.

Here’s a great article on every day Heroes Among Us.

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This is America! Think of all of the benefits we enjoy every day in America. Our trash is picked up. Electricity is literally at our fingertips powering numerous gadgets that make our life easier. Our televisions and our computers inform us. Beautiful scenery from mountains to beaches, from monuments to parks beckon us. Books of every kind are available for our education, inspiration, and pleasure. Food is readily available and with the turn of a key in the ignition, most of us can go anywhere we want. We can say and think what we want and worship wherever and however we want. Dare to look for the good in America. There is much we take for granted. There is much to be thankful for.

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cowboy hatDaily Dare: Dare to look for the good in America. Look at the faces of your fellow Americans and count your blessings. Pray that God will protect and bless America and every American. Every time you see a symbol of America, remember to pray.

 

 

 

 

Daily Dare: Dare to Turn the Ship Around

 

The Queen Mary II Concludes Trans-Atlantic Cruise In FloridaCan you picture an ocean liner moving noiselessly through the water. The captain slowly turns the rudder. The ship ever so slightly begins to alter course. It is barely noticeable. With continued gentle pressure, the whole ship can be turned to go in the opposite direction. With a million gentle prayers going up daily, I see this great country slowly turning back in the direction God would have it to go. Dare to pray His Will over the country. What is God’s will for the USA? Is it that she should fall? Or is it that she shall stand for Him and show the world His love and goodness once again.

Daily Dare: Dare to turn the rudder of this great ship, America, by praying for wisdom, protection, strength and for truth to reign once again. Every time you see a symbol of our country or our flag, pray for God’s will to be done and know that His will is wisdom, protection, strength and truth reigning once again.

Start at 45 seconds for a beautiful light show and inspirational “Proud to Be an American” by Kenny Rogers.

Daily Dare: Dare to Believe He Keeps You Safe

flag with eagle Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Psalm 91: 9-12

 

washingtonContinuing Hope for America Challenge: 30 Days of Prayer

In 1751  George Washington contracted smallpox, yet survived. Having had the disease before enabled him to survive even though the disease took many of his men when it rampaged through his troops many years later.

Another time his life was spared when  he nearly drowned on his return trip from a mission for the governor of Virginia. It was the publshing of this adventure that made him famous here and across the ocean.

In 1775 during a battle two horses were shot out from under him and 4 bullets ripped through his clothes while he remained unhurt. Though he lost more battles than he won, he led his troops to final victory in the War for Independence.

Daily Dare: Dare to believe that you, your family, and your country will be protected by the Hand of Almighty God and His mighty angels. Every time you see a flag or a symbol of America, declare that the Lord is our refuge and He keeps us safe.

 

 

Daily Dare: Dare to Be Faithful To Pray

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Continuing the Hope For America Challenge 

God is calling many to pray for our nation at this time. If He is calling us to pray, He surely intends to answer our prayers. Dare to be faithful to pray. The essence of the Hope for America Challenge is to pray daily in one way or another.

When we pray:

Photo taken by me at BI-Lo in Myrtle Beach
Photo taken by me at BI-Lo in Myrtle Beach

 

It can be as simple as a declaration of: One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.  Imagine what is done in the spirit realm as this is declared hundreds of times throughout a day.

It can be as intense as hours of intercession. Imagine what is being done when powerful intercessors bombard the throne of God daily on behalf of our country.

It can be as creative as going on the Pray for America bus which is now crossing the country, praying as they go and culminating at a rally in Hollywood, California on the first of October. The prayer focus this year is about the influence of the media on our country. Imagine the impact that will take effect as prayers are answered and the name of the Lord is proclaimed through movies, television, news media, and other venues of entertainment.

Let our symbols of America be persistent reminders for us to pray. Every time you see a flag or any symbol, even our colors, take that moment to pray. I’ve seen representations of our flags on pocketbooks, t-shirts, swimming trunks, bathing suits, and golf carts. Now my heart thrills whenever I see a patriotic symbol because I am encouraged to pray. Patriotism is alive and well in this country, and it is because people believe.  Let us be faithful to pray whenever we can, as often as we can. Then He will heal our land.There is Hope for America.

Daily Dare: Dare to be faithful to pray. Add your prayers, simple, intense, or creative to the prayers of millions of others and see God heal our land.

Daily Dare: Dare to Repent

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Continuing the 30 Day Challenge: Hope for America. . .

 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Psalm 91:7,8

The battle lines are drawn. There is a side that stands for God, and there is a side that is “wicked” as this verse declares. We can each let God define for us what “wicked” means to Him. He will also make it vividly clear what righteousness is to Him if we ask. The promise of “seeing the reward of the wicked,” not experiencing it, comes to those who are “dwelling in the secret place of the Most High from Psalm 91:1. We are encouraged in 2 Chronicles 7:14:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

This verse is for today, not yesterday. He will do what He says He will do! Will we?

Daily Dare: Dare to repent today. Dare to humble yourself and pray and seek His face and turn from wicked ways, as God reveals them to you. Let us repent for ourselves individually and for our country, and let us thank Him that He forgives our sin and heals our land.

 

Daily Dare: Dare to Love

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Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. Psalm 91: 5, 6

In simpler words, do not fear terror, the arrow, pestilence or destruction. In even simpler words, do not fear. How do you “not fear”?The answer is :Love.

Perfect Love casts out fear. I John 4:18

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

The whole chapter of 1 John 4 enlightens us on love.

Love yourself. Love others, Above all love God. Love your family. Love your country. Above all, love God. Let thoughts of appreciation, kindness and respect flow through your mind. Love always thinks the best. Love never fails. Love hopes. Love believes in and expects the best.

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So much of life, if not all of life has to do with the thoughts that run through our minds. I have known this for a long time and I still marvel at the truth of it. I also marvel that so few seem to realize this, and I marvel that even knowing it, I have yet to take full advantage of it. Letting “love thoughts” flow through our minds is going to flush out “fear thoughts.” That is the message of this hour. That is the dare for today. Picture water flowing over rocks in a mountain stream. The pressure of that clear water is going to remove everything in its path. The raging water is going to obliterate every blockage so that it can flow freely with power and force reaching its destination.

That’s us. We love freely, we live freely, we pray freely. We pray in faith. Things happen. Things change. All because perfect love casts out fear. Do not be afraid for the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day, nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the destruction that wasteth at noon day. Love.

Daily Dare: Dare to love your country today by believing the best, expecting the best, and hoping for the best. Let love thoughts for the United States of America flow through your mind. Let love, appreciation, and respect  rule your mind as you declare One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

 

Daily Dare: Dare to Rest

eagleSurely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Psalm 91:3,4

While researching “rest under His wings,” I ran across a writing from Bible Truth Publishers. The story was so expressive of what I wanted to say, I have copied it here in full for your inspiration with full acknowledgement given to them.

eagletsWhen the little eaglets, that have not yet a feather to fly with, are under the great wings of the parent eagle, how safe they are! Who would dare touch them?eagles3

If a bold climber put his hand into the nest, then those powerful wings would beat him in a minute from his hold, and he would fall down the rocks and be dashed to pieces. So safe shall you be under His wings, nothing shall by any means hurt you there.

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When the wild snowstorms rage around the eyrie, that is death to an unprotected sleeper, how warm the little eaglets are kept! Not an arrow of the keen blast reaches them, poor little featherless things, not a snowflake touches them.So warm shall you be kept under His wings when any cold and dark day of trouble comes, or even any sudden little blast of unkindness or loneliness.

 

eagles 2Under His wings shalt thou trust! Not shalt thou see! If one of the eaglets wanted to see for itself what was going on, and thought it could take care of itself for a little while, and hopped from under the shadow of the wings, it would be neither safe nor warm. The sharp wind would chill it, and the cruel hand might seize it then.

So you are to trust, rest quietly and peacefully under His wings; stay there, not be peeping out and wondering whether God really is taking care of you. You may be always safe and happy there. Safe, for in the shadow of Thy wings will I make my refuge. Happy, for “in the shadow of Thy wings will I rejoice.” from the Bible Truth Publishers’ article entitled, “Where No Anxiety Exists.”

 

Daily Dare: Dare to Rest under His wings. And dare to see our great land nestled there under His Mighty Wings as well. When you see red, white, or blue or any patriotic symbol today, dare to thank Him that we can rest safely under His wings.