Jesus said in Matthew 5:44 to “love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Today and every day going forward we will pray for those in the news and for those who need the love of Jesus in their hearts. If there is anyone you feel compelled to pray for in this blog, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many people praise the invention of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., as great and “necessary” means of communication. Social media sites certainly do have their strong points, like being able to connect with people you might have lost touch with years ago, etc., and instant means of getting urgent messages to each other. Social media, if used the right way, is also certainly a great tool to witness for Christ.
Many others, however, view social media as a cultural cancer, and deservedly so. These sites are used to spew venom and hate over the cultural landscape. Every day Jesus must cry heavy tears in heaven from the rancor and hostility he sees people, including His children, shooting at each other all in the name of “I’m right and you’re wrong.” I once felt the same need and know from whence I speak. When I look back on it, I’m deeply ashamed of my reactionary impulses. And now, it breaks my heart to everyday read the animosity and antagonism I once used to spread. Therefore:
“Father God, in the name of Jesus, I pray right now for those who use social media, and I pray for their hearts. I pray that you reach down deep inside them and give them wisdom, before they react to something they don’t agree with, to know that their reactions on Facebook are going to affect those who see their posts and responses. Let them see this before they post or respond that it will only make the situation worse. If they must respond, give them wisdom to know how to say what they need to say in a loving way. Give them discernment to know how to respond in a way that will please you, even if they do not know you.
I pray especially for those who do know you. Holy Spirit, overwhelm them with the love of Jesus and guide their hands and their hearts. Many have good things to say, they simply don’t know how to articulate them in a way that is pleasing to to you. I ask your forgiveness for past discretions on social media and the angst that it has caused others. If I have made others doubt You because of my actions, I am truly sorry and repent of it. Let social media be used for the good things, including people coming to the knowledge of You. Help us believers to know how to use it correctly to spread the fruits of the spirit including love and peace and joy. Give people, especially Your children, self-control not to offend but to encourage and build others up. We love You for the grace You give us, but help us not to abuse that grace. Let us every day come to the knowledge of who You really are. Thank you for this day and give us peace. In the name of Jesus. Amen.”
- “Do not strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm” (Prov. 3:30).
- “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18).
- “A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel” (Prov. 15l:18).
- “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools” (Eccl. 7:9).
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain” (Phil. 2:14-16).