Prayer & Facebook

Sometime ago I got a Facebook message from someone I know off IRL but have never meet.  The message said, “Today your face popped up in my friends corner which means you are one of the 6 people I’m praying for today. Have a great day, Ryan!”

I was stunned. I heard all about this person and the works they did at the church I was working at prior to my arrival. I wanted to meet them but it just never worked out. I went on to become a missionary and then to seminary and now in parish ministry and I get a message from this person telling me that they are praying for me that day cause I came up within one of their 6 boxes of friends I generally ignore on Facebook.

I was moved by this gesture. These prayers touched me and I was moved to prayer. I have been praying for some difficulties in my life and faith.  Here was a stranger that I admired praying with me in these hard times.  I took on her cause and began praying for the first 6 faces that pop up on my profile page every morning and sending them that simple message that I recieved, ” Today your face popped up in my friends corner which means you are one of the 6 people I’m praying for today. Have a great day, !

I am going to encourage my congregation to participate in this semi-silent ministry of pray using Facebook to touch the lives of our friends [virtual or not] and be the light of Christ in this mourning world.

Imagine if all that had faith in a god could pray or meditate for those 6 faces that pop up.  Imagine your inboxes full of simple messages of prayer and unity.  It could happen.  It begins with you.  I invite you to join this simple cause and simple message, “Today your face popped up in my friends corner which means you are one of the 6 people I’m praying for today. Have a great day, !

Peace be with you all!

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