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Day 30: Love Hopes All Things

I’ll never forget the time a good friend listened as I shared the special dream I held close to my heart.  I hadn’t told a soul about my secret hope.  She looked at me and said with conviction, “I’m believing with you that this dream–which I sense is from God–will come true!”  Hope filled my soul.  I breathed in fresh resolve to keep standing on what I believed was a promise from God.  My friend was now “hoping with” me, and that gave me strength.  It was Jesus Himself who said to his followers:  “If two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19, 20).

Through a remarkable series of circumstances, my dream eventually came true.  As someone once said, “Our dreams are the seeds of reality.”  My hope did become reality–and I feel sure the “prayer of agreement” with my friend helped pave the way.

Love does that, you know.  It shares the dreams of another.  Love hopes with someone.  When you think about it, hope is an action.  A verb.  It’s something you do.  The Bible even tells us that hope is a practical way to show  love:  “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7).

Love hopes all things.  That means that nothing within the realm of God’s will is off limits.  Love also bears, believes, and endures all things.  Love believes for our dreams to come true, endures with us when the going gets rough, bears with us when we get weary.  Love characterizes God, for God is love (1 John 4:18).

We are called to carry His love into a broken and dying world.  A weary people, desperate for the “thrill of hope.”  So as we reflect on 30 Days of Hopeful, let’s rejoice in the wonderful assurance of God’s love for us–let’s get a fresh grip on our hopes and dreams.

The Bible tells us a secret: Faith, hope, and love are eternal (1 Corinthians 13:13).   What’s more, love never fails.   And love hopes all things, so a God-given dream cannot die.  Because if our dream is His dream, He will work in us and through us to accomplish His will.

We’ve had 30 days to reflect on hope–30 days to rekindle the fires of our dreams.   Moving forward, let’s remember to be alert and watchful as we go into the world today: Look around you.  Whose dream is dying?   Is there a hurting face in your crowd who needs hope–somebody you can “hope with?” What more fitting season than Christmas to sow seeds of hope into the lives of those who are thirsty for hope.

Day Five: The Swarm

I recently heard about a group of school children who figured out a way to stop bullying in their classroom.  Whenever a fellow student was being bullied, the other classmates would gather around the victim and simply stand without saying a word.  This show of solidarity stopped the bullies dead in their tracks every time. The students nicknamed their tactic “The Swarm.”

I think we can learn a lesson about prayer and fasting from those school children.  Let’s be like The Swarm as we gather around Pastor Saeed Abedini and his family.  I believe our “swarm” of prayers and fasting will have a powerful impact, especially in the spiritual realm.

If you want to stand strong in your 21 Day Fast for Pastor Saeed, don’t do this alone.  I encourage you to get a family member or friend to fast with you. Share your prayer and fasting experience with your small group.  Check out Naghmeh’s Facebook page to see how others around the country are praying.  It’s not too late to join in.  Every day of prayer and fasting has purpose.

During my first experiments with fasting years ago, a friend and I would pray and fast on the same day.  We would often trade prayer requests and sometimes we’d go for a walk to pray for our needs.  It was good to have someone else in the boat.  Plus, I discovered it helped to confess some of the yucky stuff God  would reveal to me about myself and get that into the light.  Remember, confession is a valuable part of fasting.

Jesus was clear about the power of “a swarm” of believers in prayer. He promised that when we are gathered in His name, even just two or three of us, He is there with us.  Truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven (Matthew 18:19-20).

The Greek word for agree is symphone (from which we get symphony), meaning “together with the same voice.” This word can also be translated “music.”

I wonder if our fasting and prayers for Pastor Saeed, sound like music to God?  Imagine the unified voices of many believers around the country and even all over the world who are crying out to God in fervent prayer on Pastor Saeed’s behalf!  Let’s agree to stand strong in solidarity with him through our continual “swarm” of prayer and fasting. Together. 




Week Four: Agree in Prayer

If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven (Matthew 18:19).  

I am fascinated by bottlenose dolphins.  These magnificent creatures can reason, solve problems, think abstractly, and even recognize themselves in a mirror!  They’re lightening-fast and fiercely powerful. Stories abound of dolphins protecting humans against sharks, repelling them with high-speed, battering ram-like blows.  My dad, a World War II submarine veteran, tells of long, hot tours in the South Pacific. The sailors hoped to see dolphins so they could dive off the sub for a refreshing swim–sure to be safe from sharks.  Sharks steer clear of dolphins for another reason.  They’re outnumbered.  Dolphins find strength by sticking together in groups or “pods.”  So what do dolphins have to do with prayer?  Like dolphins, our fellow believers can help us gain strength in prayer and defeat our spiritual enemies.  Continue reading