Modern Prayers

We live in a time of unprecedented connectivity. This is at once beneficial and problematic, as we are presented with new distractions and temptations. I have compiled a list of modern prayers to assist us in our social media endeavors.

Lord, help me be more like the person I am on Twitter.

This is one I have actually prayed. The person I am on Twitter, at least in my perception, is sarcastic, yes, but also encouraging, God-honoring and genuine. But is it really me? I have distilled my best thoughts into 140-character bursts with the luxury of a delete button. Sections of my life lay on the cutting room floor. I encourage people to #initiatelove, but how am I doing with that?

Help me to seek the approval of God and not the “Likes” of men.

So, you publish a post on Facebook. How often do you check back to see who liked it?

  • No likes = Should I not have said that? Was it not funny enough? I can do better. I swear I can!
  • 1 or 2 likes = Modest, but at least someone knows what I’m talking about. Thanks, Mom!
  • 5 to 10 likes = Sweet validation. You’re welcome, Facebook.
  • 15+ likes = This is the danger zone. You would have been better off staying at 5-10. At this range you become a greedy auctioneer. “Do I hear 20 likes? Who’ll give me 30?”

Behold the power of the little white thumb. Living for the approval of other people is an exercise in chasing the wind. God help us.

Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from those provocative links on Facebook.

Have you seen this? “Friends, I have been hacked.”

No bro, you have been outed. I know you didn’t realize this, but when you clicked on the “Love Them Thongs” page, you gave them permission to inform your entire friends list.

This is definitely one of the redeeming qualities of Facebook, instant accountability. There really are no secrets. The internet is seething with temptation and it is way too easy to get caught in the trap.

Help me not to take “What’s on your mind?” too literally.

I’m still waiting on Zuckerberg to create a post filter, something like, “What else is on your mind?” Yes, we should all champion transparency, but let’s not abandon the inside voice. It is perfectly acceptable to maintain a personal life.

Also, a good question to ask before you post is, “Will this be helpful or hurtful?” Joking is one thing, but the Internet has a way of bringing the inner critic out of all of us; the medium makes it easy to take shots at people from a distance, to judge from the comfort of a smart phone.

Lord, help me encourage those on Twitter to follow me as I follow Christ.

This is what the Apostle Paul would have prayed if Al Gore had invented the Internet a little sooner. For believers, following takes on a deeper meaning. Twitter becomes a platform to glorify God, not to force-feed people with the gospel, but to shine some light. Gaining followers becomes less about ego and more about influence.

This concludes my list. Bow your heads. Let us pray.

Do you have any Modern Prayer suggestions? Feel free to share them in the comments or use #ModernPrayers on Twitter.

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One response to “Modern Prayers”

  1. Shandi Tan says :

    I’m genuinely moved about your post. I work for a social media marketing company and I cannot say I haven’t thought about what you’ve prayed above.

    It’s Friday night where I’m from and I was just finishing up and picking up my jacket when your title caught my eye,

    Dinner and drinks are on my list and I’m not sure there’s someone else I’d rather do those things than you. And perhaps pick your mind apart. I’m sure there’s plenty more where that came from.

    We get greedy with likes, but who hasn’t? We agree, with the social media we’re no longer consigned to be passive viewers in the theater of dreams.

    With the social media, we now have the power to become the locus for change, for positive change; to bring back spirituality in this time of strong aversion against organized religion.

    I cannot say this enough – but your post made my day. Thank you.

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