Can You Hear the Lord Speaking to You?

pray copyThis is Day 20 of the 31 Days of Writing Challenge! Quite the milestone. I haven’t missed a day, and I have been stretched, as I know all of the writers have. How about the readers? We’ve all been fervently trying to read as many posts as we can so that we can encourage others, learn from others, and make friends. Many of us want to establish regular readers who care about what we are saying. I have stretched myself by researching the subject of prayer and conversation with God through the writings of respected author, teacher, and missionary, Frank Laubach.

A bend in the road is here for me, and as I take this turn I will write about some of my experiences in playing the Game with Minutes and learning to hear God’s voice as well as talk with Him continually.

Listening prayer is as important to our conversation with God as it is in our conversation with any person. If we are talking all of the time, we never grow or learn anything.

  • It is by listening that you learn the heart of the person you are talking to.
  • It is by listening that you show respect for them.
  • It is by listening that you build a relationship with them.
  • It is by listening that you can benefit from the wisdom that they have.

When you apply these to listening to God Himself, your benefit will be magnified exponentially. I am listening, and here is what I “feel” He is saying:

prayerMy Wisdom is readily available to you. First you will find it in my Word. Take my Word into your life and eat upon it as you would daily bread. Meditate upon my Word, and let it sustain you . By taking my Word into your life you will learn my voice. You will learn my truth. You will learn about my love for you. My love for you is greater than anything you can imagine. For I am Love. Can you meditate on my love every day? Can you feel my love for you? Can you let my love totally consume you? Do you feel how much I accept you? I delight in you. I see the tree in the acorn, the flower in the bud, the apple in the seed. I delight in you. I delight in the acorn, the bud,and the seed just as much as I do the tree, the flower, and the apple. You are my beloved. You are mine!

Keep listening.

He’s asking you and I to meditate on His Word and His Love. I can do that today.

Dare to Pray, “Help us to be aware of Your Great Love for us today, and let that love flow through us to others. God bless the United States of America.

Continue to Day 21

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Where, When, and How to Play the Game With Minutes

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This is Day 18 of my 31 Days of Writing Challenge called “Dare to Pray.” You can go back to Day One by clicking here.

 Is It Easy?

The Game with Minutes is trying to call Christ to mind at least one second of every minute. You do not need to stop other things or forget your work, but invite Him to share everything you do or say or think. When you try this Game with Minutes, you discover that spiritually you are very weak at first. A baby learning to walk may pull up, wobble a few steps and then fall in exhaustion. Then he tries again standing a little longer than before. When we try to keep God in mind, we may be like this baby, but there are some people who will learn to keep Him in mind as much as 90 percent of the day.

“You will find this just as easy and just as hard as forming any other habit.”(Laubach, Practicing His Presence, p.31.)

Can You Keep God in Mind While Having Fun?

God is interested in our fun as much as we are.

“If a thing brings health and joy and friendship, and a fresh mind, God is keenly interested because He is interested in us.”

You can easily pray while playing any sport, running, or playing any game. In fact, we can learn to pray during any activity.

“We gain purity of heart, because when we are maintaining the Presence of Christ, our minds are pure as a mountain stream every moment.” (p.36)

Can You Keep God in Mind as You Go Throughout Your Day?

skyWhen you wake in the morning, you can bring Jesus into your mind by saying, “Good morning,” and you might say His name in your mind several times to focus your attention on Him. Then you can say,” Lord, shall we get up now?”

You can talk to him as you dress and prepare for the day. As you leave your home, He goes with you.

“Men have found they can keep the Lord in mind while engaged in all types of work, mental or manual.” (p. 34)

Those who have intolerable circumstances to face find that they have greater strength while recognizing their Unseen friend at their side. You can take a stroll and easily call the Lord to mind as you walk. Ask Him what is on His mind, and “answer back aloud with your voice what you believe He replies to you.” (p.33) You may not always be correct in guessing His answer, but there are times you will be very sure it was what He would say to  you.

When reading, you can talk with Him about what is on the pages you read. You will be surprised when greater insights come to you while you read.

Mothers can keep Christ in mind while caring for children and doing household duties like sweeping, doing laundry, and other household chores. They can whisper to the Lord about every small matter knowing that He can help.

Making all thought a conversation with God is the greatest, most productive, and joyous activity we could possibly engage upon. Multitudes have turned despair into joy and defeat into victory by playing the Game with Minutes.

“This practicing the Presence of Christ takes all of our time, yet does not take from our work, it takes Christ into our enterprises and makes them more successful.” (p. 30)

At the end of the day, you can make sure that your last thoughts are of Jesus as you fall asleep.

And throughout your day, when you see a flag or a symbol of America, or when the Lord brings our country to your attention,

Dare to Pray, “Draw the hearts of this nation back to your, Lord.”

Continue to Day 19

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Flash Prayers, Breath Prayers, 7-Second Prayers

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This is Day 17 of my 31 Days of Writing Challenge called “Dare to Pray.” You can go back to Day One by clicking here.

If you haven’t tried it yet, today is a good day to play the Game With Minutes. To play, 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.

“Lord, speak to them.”

“Make yourself known to them.”

“Let them know You love them.”

“Your will be done.”

These can be called, “Flash Prayers,” Breath Prayers” or “7-second Prayers” because they are so quick;  they can take only a breath or a few seconds to pray. You can have one ready at all times.

The “breath prayer” is simply repeating a prayer phrase that comes quickly to your mind in a given situation. Author and speaker, Jan Johnson,  gives this example of using a breath prayer.

I am afraid of upcoming surgery-Into Thy hands.

I don’t want my job to end–Into Thy hands.

I want this person to love you, but he doesn’t– Into Thy hands.

You can pray,

“I give this to You, Lord.”

“What do you think about this, Lord?”

“Your will be done.”

“Your thoughts, Lord.”

sky flagOver the past sixteen days, we have dared to pray these prayers for our country. These are flash prayers,  “7-second prayers” or “breath prayers.” When we see a reminder of our country, we can be ready with a prayer, God hears every prayer prayed from a heart of love and faith, and He will answer.

Day 1:  Dare to Pray: God Bless America.

Day 2:  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.

Day 3: 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.

Day 4: 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.”

Day 5: Dare to Pray, “Lord,  heal our land.”

Day 6: 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.”

Day 7: 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.
Day 8: Dare to Pray, “Holy Spirit, help each one of us to bring You into our thoughts every minute of this day.”

Day 9: Dare to Pray, “Lord, let Truth fill our hearts, come forth from our lips, and reign over the United States of America.”

Day 10: Dare to Pray for pastors. Declare the name of Jesus over this nation.

Day 11: Dare to Pray “Thy will be done in the United States of America, as it is in heaven.”

Day 12: Dare to Pray for families in America to be strong and for hearts to be healed.

Day 13: Dare to Pray: “Let Your love flow through me to others today; this will change America.”

Day 14: Dare to Pray, “Father, get involved in the lives of all I meet today. God bless America”

Day 15: Dare to Pray, “Turn our thoughts to you, Lord.” God bless America.”

Day 16: Dare to Pray, “Thy Will be done in our country today and every day.”

And today,

Dare to Pray, “Let me be a Light in our country today, Lord.”

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Continue to Day 18