In a social media world of self-promotion and dogmatic opinions have you ever considered praying through Facebook? From someone who is struggling at work to a young mom losing patience with her kids, our Facebook newsfeeds can be an opportunity to pray for and encourage one another. It is something I am trying to implement in my life as I skim post after post.
Pray before you browse.
Take a moment to ask the Lord to use you to be a vessel of encouragement to someone in need of your thoughtful words, scripture or an edifying article you may post. I was blessed this week as someone let me know how timely an article I shared was for them. Other times it may be a scripture that was just what a person needed for the day.
Don’t play Holy Spirit Jr. with your posts. If you know someone who is in a situation or has an issue in their life that needs to be dealt with, don’t use Facebook as a means to reach them.
“Oh, if I post this for everyone, they will see it and it will help them see their bad attitude and what they need to do.”
I’ve been there and done that. It is wrong. Any issue with someone should be dealt with face to face and not through a Facebook feed. We must always ask ourselves, with the Lord in mind, as to what are our motives in posting?
Pray as you browse.
I have a friend who prays through her friend list, five at a time, per day. She posts their names and asks if there are any specific requests. She has been doing this for a few years. It is always a blessing to me to see my name and know that I am being prayed for by her.
Many times posts are about people who are in need of prayer. Well, don’t put “praying” if you aren’t going to. Stop right there and pray for the situation.
When your anger is aroused over someone’s post, react with prayer. Ask yourself if a comment from you is really necessary or if you should just let it go. Never respond in anger. Most of the time it is best to wait until the next day. By then your anger has subsided and it is no longer a big issue to you.
Do you see the post of someone who seems aggravated or feeling down? Send them a message and let them know you are thinking of them. Ask if there is anything specific you can pray for them.
Pray after you browse.
Remember those that you said you would be praying for. Check in with them in a few days to see how the situation or person is doing. Call or send a card to those the Lord places on your heart.
While I believe that nothing can replace face to face contact, Facebook can be an opportunity for ministry that anyone can do.