This article you are about to read will make a great impact on your life if you decide to follow through on it and to grasp the simple concept that it contains. It’ll cause a revolution in your life, and others around you too.
If you are reading this article, permit me to assume that you are on either on WhatsApp, BBM, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or Pinterest (or even many more).
Recently I was thinking about how these platforms have affected our world, or let’s say the world we knew. Communities have been built, life has been restructured, new habits have been created, and another world has been formed, just due to a couple of brilliant technological innovations.
Like every other tool in our hands, social media has had its positives and its negatives. It has helped people to reach out to others with ease, and also help impact lives positively.
While on the other side, many people have made social media one of their major sources of self-approval and validation. If someone puts up a picture, post, quote or comment, and doesn’t get a response, or a single like, then it seems there’s something wrong with the person that put up the post (not those that didn’t like the post).
This is simply because no one approved of whatever it was they decided to share. Consequently, this has made likes and comments become very addictive to people. They go back checking their pages hundreds of times to see how much approval they can get from something they posted. This in itself can prove to be addictive.
Another part that gets pretty addictive as well, is that people get very ‘nosy’ with social media. They want to know every single detail with what goes on in other people’s lives. They want to know what they are doing right or wrong. Similarly, many folks have become stalkers, and could eat up the contents of a fridge while they are at it. These people get so engrossed in the lives of others that they have no time to make something out of their own lives. This as well can prove to be very addictive.
Now to a very crucial point that gives every social media user a sort of ‘high reputation’ and is what everyone craves whether through hook or crook…
If you have more followers than the people you are following, then you are really ‘popular.’ As the obsession for followers increases, you’ll find out that there are many people following you that you don’t know. Apart from those of them that reach out to you personally. Somewhere along the line, these followers start looking like figures or numbers and not real people with real issues. They may like your posts, comment and even share them, but most times, it still doesn’t make them real enough to you.
It is however heart wrenching to see that the way our generation has grown technologically, is also the same way we have grown cold in our prayer rooms. Prayer time has become really boring and is not as interesting as having the screen of our phones in our faces. If some of our gadgets were hard drugs, we’ll not have a life anymore, because we’ll be high all the time.
We have gotten tired of praying similar prayers over and over again. “God, bless and protect me, my family, friends and loved ones!” We repeat those prayers every single time we get the chance to pray. You and I know that the prayer isn’t enough at all, we know we should be praying more. We don’t know how to pray longer, there is even no time to pray for long any more.
Probably if Jesus came on Facebook or Twitter, it’ll be easier to send Him prayers to His inbox, or just tweet at Him. But He has chosen to stay in heaven, and in our hearts. That’s way harder than having Him as an online contact. It would have been easier if God changed His standards, or how we connected to Him through prayers, but He did not.
Well, the good news is our prayer times don’t have to be boring any more. Some of us have lost family members, friends and people in our spheres that we can’t even remember praying specifically for at any point in time. We thought they were reached through our very nice one liner prayers. But did we really pray for them enough?
The greatest lesson I have learnt in recent times, is that people are facing real situations, and real issues. It’s not a joke, or a cool fictional story with a nice ending; it’s a real current situation. People have ailments, physical needs, psychological, spiritual needs, and need help in different areas. Not everybody will come out on social media and say what they are passing through, or dealing with.
When was the last time you were sick, and you went on Facebook to say you were sick and you need prayers? Or did you post on Instagram when you were extremely hungry? Did you type out your thoughts when you were depressed, so that others know and help you out? Exactly! Many other people are just like you, they post only the good stuff. The major events worth celebrating, the nice meals, nice places that they have been to, and the nice people they have in their lives are what they put up.
It’s time to bring prayer to social media, because it’s where many of us are, and it’s where we spend a lot of our time. Prayer should go with us everywhere. Prayer time will no longer be boring because we’ll be doing something that most of us have never done before. It’ll make you think twice before adding another friend, or bringing another colleague to your sphere.
You are going to join a revolution, that will affect every one you know, the ones you don’t know, and it will affect you too. You love yourself very much, we know! I love myself too. The task at hand requires us to do something interesting. It requires that you love others like you love yourself. This time around, we don’t need you to do the outrageous, like jump off a bridge for them. It’s pretty simple but it will require sacrifice and dedication
Pray for everyone connected to you through social media!
Yes, you read that right. Did you just count the amount of platforms you are on? Exactly!
Take whatever platform, in whatever order that you so desire, and pray for these people. You may want to start alphabetically or randomly. Ensure that it’s your desire and goal to pray for everyone out of a heart of love and understanding.
Prayer is best because God sees their issues, that we can’t see, and that they won’t put up on social media. It’s sweet because we’ll be helping and changing lives without their knowledge. Prayers will be going up to God for everyone, regardless of beliefs or religion. That way, we can make a true difference where it truly matters and counts; not by liking their posts, but by reaching out to them through prayers.
In a world that is so vain and has everyone running to ensure material prosperity, very few people are looking towards a heavenly reward. Interceding for others counts. I know this may sound like a huge level of work, but try it, you’ll find out that it is really flexible and fluid.
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.
– 1 Timothy 2:1
I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer.”
– Matthew 5:44
We also need more unbelievers giving their lives to Christ, and those that know Him, to be more grounded in their knowledge of Him. Here’s how to pray:
In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
We must bring prayer to social media, and empower the lives of others around us with these prayers.
Think of the amount of people the people social media gives us access to. Think of how empowered your spiritual walk will be when you focus on helping others. Think about the heavenly reward God will have reserved for you. Think about how much more empowered and energized those around you will be, and how they’ll progress and not draw you back.
We’ll have fewer pastors, mentors letting us down and wallowing in sin. We’ll have more successful marriages, longer lasting relationships, less deaths, more love, less fights and much peace.
Prayer is the answer! Prayer is more powerful than any post with a million likes, it will do more good than the post with thousands of comments. We must realize that the spiritual controls the physical.
You may decide to pray in the spirit for these people connected to you, you can choose to let the Holy Spirit lead you in what exactly you should pray for, you could also just pray for their basic needs in every area.
You can also get a notepad or an app on your phone, to write down the names of people you have prayed for. Get partners that would also be a part of this, that you’ll be sharing progress reports with and also the much needed encouragement.
Expect God to speak to you concerning the people you pray for, prayer is a two way channel.
“Yet few in our world today understand that for every evil that manifests in the physical world, there first has to be a battle that was lost in the spiritual realm.
The battle we are engaged in will end in victory. Therefore, you must fight the good fight of faith and not of doubt; you must not give in to disbelief.
God’s power and goodness that are within, are far more powerful than any evil without.“
– Cindy Trimm (The Art of War for Spiritual Battle)
God is looking for someone to stand up for Him and say “Here I am, I’ll be different from the rest. I am willing to bring your will on earth to pass through my prayers“. Just imagine being the person God counts on when he needs someone. It’s a great privilege
I looked for someone to stand up for me against all this, to repair the defenses of the city, to take a stand for me and stand in the gap to protect this land so I wouldn’t have to destroy it. I couldn’t find anyone. Not one.
– Ezekiel 22:30 MSG
God is calling you, He is speaking to you this very moment. Will you answer the call to intercession? Will you start now?
Start by picking a social media platform, join in, and let’s start a revolution together…
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