I have to admit, I am a social networking junkie. I am challenged everyday not to get sucked into the vortex of social media. I continue to be amazed at how all of my worlds have suddenly collided on the Internet. My entire past is staring at me on the same page as my present. I am in contact with my best friend in kindergarten all the way up to my current relationships now, and everyone else in between. I am searching diligently for old yearbooks. My girlfriend’s names have changed due to marriage, and my guy friends look different for various reasons (those that still have their hair intact look somewhat recognizable.)
As I daily fight the temptation to spend unnecessary hours on the Internet “tweeting” with people around the world, linking with associates that may be advantageous for future business opportunities, and searching for friends on Facebook and MySpace, I am challenged to find a benefit from this other than personal entertainment and social relationships. Besides the value of networking, marketing, and social curiosity, what is the eternal value?
I have been pondering this for some time. I have realized that goals achieved lie within the perimeters of successful time management. I asked myself, How do I make the best use of my time with social networking? Then it hit me: Prayer. As I am looking at my followers and friends everyday and am reading their real time posts of their daily lives, I realize that my time could be well spent praying for them. Each name I have in my contacts, whether it is on Facebook, My Space, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. represents a real live person with real life circumstances. Because most of us desire to be transparent in our networking, many people post their battles, frustrations and concerns in their updates. People open themselves up on the Internet, and in the process, are posting prayer requests without actually realizing it.
For that reason, I have started a group on Facebook called Pray For Your Neighbor. It’s a very simple thing to do, and God calls us in His Word, the Bible, to do that. (Eph 1:16, Eph 6:18) Praying is something that doesn’t have to take a lot of time, and we can even do it “on the go.” You can pray for your friends as you run out the door, as you drive in traffic, wait in the elevator, or even while you are making dinner. It doesn’t even have to be a long prayer. Just a simple,
“Lord, be with _____________today. Help them ____________________. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen” is sometimes all it takes. You can pray for a few friends at a time, or you can take the time to pray for many. It really depends on how the Lord leads you and the amount of time you have right then.
If we all begin to pray for those in our networks, it won’t be long before people all over the country and the world will have someone praying for them. Would you consider joining me in praying for our friends? Prayer changes things. Prayer can make a difference. Together, with God, we can make a difference. Through prayer, we can change our communities. Through prayer, we can change the world.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
- 2 Chronicles 7:14