Oh, social media. Just when I was about to give up on you, just when I was about to hurl all my devices into the sea or off a mountain top, you came through for me. I will keep you around a while longer.
Sweet Hour of Prayer
A few nights ago, on our drive to the mountains of North Carolina, I became very ill right after I finished eating food that I should not have been eating in the first place. At least, not at that time of the evening. I experienced pain that I have not experienced before and I was a bit concerned. (Why do these things happen late at night when you are away from home, in a small town on the interstate no less?) I was finally able to go to sleep but I awoke at about 2:00 a.m. with the same pain, just not as severe. My husband slept soundly but my dog aroused to keep me company.
I turned on my computer to distract myself and decided to post a plea on Facebook. Surely, someone would be up late. Almost immediately, three friends responded; one from Florida, one from Romania and my “daughter” in Brazil.
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the middle of them.” Matthew 18:20 WEB
I imagined myself, my friends and Jesus sitting in a circle praying. We were not physically together but we were connected via the internet. That gave me great solace.
Once I felt the comfort of knowing there were people praying for me, I turned my thoughts outward, away from myself. There were other needs for prayer showing up on Facebook, including my cousin who is supporting his sweet wife in a literal battle for her life. I joined them in their battle by taking them to the Lord in prayer.
Say The Word
The best companion to prayer is The Word of God. When you have those two tools in your hands, good things can happen. Praying through Bible verses is an effective way to present your petition before the Lord. I looked up verses on healing and found this one in Isaiah.
“then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.” Isaiah 58:8
I read that verse several times and meditated on it. Hmmm — my righteousness. I know I am not righteous. In Romans 3:10, the apostle Paul reminds us “There is no one righteous; no, not one.” (a reference to Psalm 14:3). But, instead, any righteousness in me is from Jesus Christ.
“For him who knew no sin (Jesus) he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him (Jesus) we might become the righteousness of God”. 2 Corinthians 5:21.
When I prayed Isaiah 58:8, I prayed for morning to come soon (our troubles seem smaller in the light of day, don’t they?) and for healing. I imagined Jesus, my righteousness, walking in front of me and God following behind me. With this image in my mind and the image of my friends, along with Jesus, praying for me, I went to sleep, comforted.
By morning, friends in eight more states and two other countries shared they were praying for me. It was humbling that friends from California to Israel and Africa were lifting me up in prayer. Social media at its best.
I don’t know if I was healed. I’m not sure what was ailing me—hopefully, I will find out when I return home. The important thing is that I felt the peaceful presence of God that enabled me to rest.
So, if you’re ever awake in the middle of the night and want someone to pray for you, I will be happy to oblige.