Let’s face it social media has taken over our society. Just about everyone has a smart phone, tablet, laptop and just about everyone is on one of these devices all the time. I love to tell the story of the birth of my first grandson when just minutes after his birth I pulled my “ancient” flip phone out of my pocket to share the joyous news with my parents. “It’s a boy”, I choked out the words proudly.
“I know”, my mother explained.
“How could you possibly know he was just born a few minutes ago?” I have to admit that I was feeling a little cheated; this was my big news, the proud grandfather. I had waited nine months for this moment and somehow, some way somebody beat me to the punch.
“Vanezza posted it on her Facebook page.” My daughter had apparently been posting updates while she was giving birth to my grandson. Now you try telling me that we are not a society obsessed with this social media thing.
This obsession with staying connected got me asking, “If we are spending so much time in contact with our friends, family, random people, how much time are we spending in contact with God?” We tend to get so wrapped up in life and caught up in social media that we are just too busy to pray. The tagline for my business is “It just takes a second”, unfortunately a second seems to be too long for many of us.
I Thessalonians 5:17 says, “pray continually”, those are God’s words not mine. I am afraid if I wrote this verse it would go something like, “pray more often”. So what has to happen so that we can at least “pray more often”? As unfortunate as it may sound I believe that we need to be reminded to pray until we discipline ourselves or develop the habit of prayer. Don’t get me wrong I believe that prayer should be a desirous response to our love of our Father; we should desire to “pray continually”, but again many of us unfortunately spend our time elsewhere. In Mecca prayer time is announced over loud speakers throughout the city to remind the devout that it is time to pray. So why shouldn’t we use some sort of reminder? Since we spend so much time on our mobile devices in this strange new world we call social media let’s use it to help ourselves and others to do what the Bible commands us to do, “pray continually”.
I watched an advertisement the other day where two guys were sitting down at a sandwich shop to have lunch. The one friend was so wrapped up in #ing about his sandwich and how incredible it looked that his buddy pulled it away from him and began eating it. We # everything, why don’t we start #ing a reminder to the world, #Pray? Not to make some sort of statement, but as a reminder. When we send or receive a #Pray just take a second and say, “Thank You Lord for ??” or “Blessed is Your name Father” or just take a second to speak a concern that is heavy on your heart. Try #Pray for ?? so that the community you # with can share in your concerns and pray along with you. The object is to develop a stronger prayer life so that we can go from “pray more often” to “pray continually” as the Bible says. Hope t see you out there in the social media world somewhere. Blessings.