I have to confess: I love Facebook.
It's always there with shared "wisdom" and inspiration. Disagreeing with any given post is easily resolved with the Delete button.
The posts are a snapshot in time, whether of a serious or humorous nature. I'm watching my grandsons grow before my very eyes, enjoying day-to-day contact with out-of-state, even across-town, relatives and friends. The "clap-on, clap-off" nature of the technology allows me to move through my day with quick reprieves from Quick Books and shuffling papers in our home office.
Labor Day weekend, our niece Edi's husband was seriously injured in a mowing accident. Only Heaven will have the final numbers of those who, through Facebook and phone calls/texts, spoke his name throughout 3 surgeries and the life-changing event that has already strengthened their faith and is speaking to others in their sphere of influence. More than one doctor has commented on how Brian is doing much better than expected at this point after his surgeries. Opportunities to share are not being wasted on this amazing Christian couple.
"The effectual fervent prayer of a
righteous man availeth much."
James 5:16b, KJV
Prayer chains have been around forever. Those who live outside of cyber space, whether by choice or lack of opportunity, still have the opportunity to be included as needs arise. But the warp speed of the internet is a powerful thing when in a crisis situation. Unspoken requests are also shared and the prayer warriors mobilized without having to know the intimate details. God already knows and our prayers are still honored with His loving response.
Of course, Facebook is also an avenue for that roaring lion seeking to devour everyone in his path. But what the enemy intends for evil, God can use for His glory. And I am so thankful to be in God's camp, using His universe and my keyboard to call upon and exalt His name.
And I must always be mindful to run to Him before running to Facebook.
"Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray.
Is any merry? Let him sing psalms."
James 5:13. KJV