There are a lot of pros and cons to social media. Facebook is the medium that I use most often and while sometimes I come away stressed or irritated I’ve also found Facebook to be a very useful tool. I enjoy being able to feel a connection with people who live far away or reading the good articles fellow bloggers post. Another good thing about Facebook is that I’ve noticed lately it’s been turning into kind of a working prayer list for me. Let me be honest and say that this isn’t the only or even main way I use Facebook but over the last few months it has been a great reminder to pray for people.
Here are a couple of things that remind me to pray when I’m scrolling through my news feed:
Often times it’s easy for me to be self centered and only think about the difficulties I am going through but whenever I open up my Facebook page it’s very easy to see that there are many people who are hurting or struggling with the trials of life. When I see a friend’s picture pop up or read a status about a struggle they are going through it can serve as a reminder to pray for them and the difficulty they are experiencing.
Some of my Facebook friends and acquaintances are unbelievers and this is often made very clear by the things they post or link to. Having this reminder should lead me to be thankful because except for His grace I would be in the same boat and it should also be a reminder to pray for their souls (not to mention making sure I’m being salt and light with the things I chose to post).
My friends do a good job of keeping me up-to-date with current issues whether that is a church member sharing an urgent request for another member or a friend sharing about a new turn of events in the government. Instead of worrying, these reminders should drive me to pray to our God who is completely sovereign and cares about what is going on in our world.
Reason for Rejoicing
I love opening my Facebook page and seeing that a prayer was answered or reading about a way the Lord is blessing one of my friends with an exciting gift or ministry opportunity. This can be an opportunity to share in their excitement and praise the Lord for His goodness!
Many of my friends are involved in various missions work or ministry opportunities. When I see a cute picture of a friend helping a poor child in a 3rd world country this is a good reminder to pray for the ones ministering and the children they are ministering to.
The Stay-At-Home Daughter Page
You guys are all so very sweet and encouraging on the SAHD page! I love interacting with you and getting your input on things. Sometimes I’m asked a question though and while I love that, it drives me to pray for wisdom. I’m still a young girl with a lot to learn and I need His grace and wisdom to answer questions when I’m asked.
It’s easy to use Facebook as a means to relax and that’s not a bad thing but why not consider using it for more than that, use it as a reminder to pray!
Do you have anything else you could add to this list? How about other suggestions of how to use social media for His glory?