What would happen, if we pray as we do on Facebook? Some people are quite passionate about their views on a variety of topics and they are not afraid to let it be known. Here’s the thing. They don’t just do it, one time. They keep going!
If we could just pray with that same level of tenacity and audacity ala our Facebook comments then things can change!
Oh, I am serious about what I wrote! However, I am going in a constructive direction; not destructive! There is no reason that we can’t put that energy into powerful prayer for change that lines up with Heaven’s viewpoint. I invite you to listen to the podcast then read the article.
I do hope you listen to that podcast! It is based on a parable that Jesus shared in Luke 18:1-9. It’s the story of the widow and the unjust judge. That woman demonstrated boldness and a persistent need to get justice, from a judge who didn’t care about the opinions of other people.
This woman did not show up in his court, once in a blue moon. At every opportunity, the widow would be in this man’s court. I am fairly certain that she was respectful; however, the woman was not timid in her request for justice.
Guess what? The widow received justice by being persistent and boldly her request known. She is clearly not deterred by this guy’s ignoring her, at first. Here is what Jesus says at the end of that parable:
4 For a while he was unwilling; but afterward, he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’”6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge *said; 7 now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? 8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”Luke 18:4-8 [NASB]
God, the Father is rich in mercy and compassion. He is far from unjust! Yet, Jesus is saying we’re to be like the persistent widow. We’re to come before the throne of God and ask for justice. Yes, we are to be bold and tenacious in our prayers. Here’s what Hebrews 4:14-16 says:
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 4:14-16 [NASB]
Because Jesus is sympathetic to our weakness, you and I are not alone in asking God, the Father. Don’t be afraid to ask for something in Jesus’ name. Talk with Jesus and ask. Here’s what John 14:13-15 says.
13 Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. 15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.John 14:13-15 [NASB]
How is this related to Facebook? I realize that you may not spend too much time on this social media platform or Twitter. I don’t blame you. Unfortunately, I don’t have that luxury because I need these social media platforms to promote my blog site and podcast.
For some reason, it is easy to jump on to your favorite platform and verbalize your frustrations, demand actions are taken or support a cause. For the passionate and persistent individual, it’s real easy to tenaciously go after a cause or express support. I’ve seen both, good and bad.
Do you know that passion is a good thing? It is a driving force propelling one forward. It fuels one’s determination to press forward; even if things are not going your way. It was a passionate and desperate need for justice that drove the widow.
What would happen if we put the same amount of energy spent on our Facebook posts into praying? If the Christian community would rise up and passionately pray for the desire changes then we’d be pleasantly surprised.
Complaining on Facebook is a national pastime. Do you suppose that I’m suggesting airing our complaints before God, the Father? Think again! As Christians, we should bring our issues, concerns, and needs before our Heavenly Father.
As a Father, God does care about all of our needs, fears, concerns, and issues. There is nothing that is too small or trivial. It would make sense that God, the Father would want to hear from his children. As Christians, we can talk with God, at any time.
However, a complaining spirit will not get very far! Don’t be afraid to ask the Holy Spirit for how you should pray. Be willing to listen to what the Spirit is saying. Here’s an illustration:
Let’s say I have an issue with a friend. For me, the friend is a royal pain in the butt. No, I am not talking about myself. I would ask God, “I am having a problem with this friend. I could really use your help.” and listen. Yes, I would acknowledge that I’d like to ram his head into a wall; however, it would not be right and apologize to my Father.
Are you getting the idea? By the way, the above did come from a real problem and my Father did help me, in dealing with the situation. It wasn’t perfect and I choose to thank God for his help. Hint: Attitude is everything!
Yes, we do need to pray with humility and recall who we’re talking to. At the same time, you should not be afraid to persistently go after the things you’re wanting to see. Ask the Holy Spirit to pray with tenacity and according to God’s perfect will.
The widow did address the unjust judge, respectfully. However, it did not stop the woman from being persistent in going after justice. The same idea applies to prayer! Emotions are not a bad thing! Be honest about your feelings in the matter! Because God does care about you!
My friends will often recommend that I’d include Scriptures in my prayers. It is sound advice and I do try. However, you may not know a whole lot of Bible verses. Don’t let that stop you! Just go for it and ask the Holy Spirit for help. He is the author of what we call the 66 books of the Bible. Do you suppose that he’d be able to help? I think so!
What if my prayers don’t turn out the way I think? The best and only advice that I can give is to talk with God, about it. My goal is to encourage you to draw closer to God and be open to what God is saying to you. Yes, God does speak to us through the Word of God and the still quiet inaudible voice of the Holy Spirit.