Confession: I did scroll through Facebook a little tonight while putting my son to bed. It was after he had already fallen asleep and after I had spent at least an hour rocking, nursing, and praying over him only to realize he was still WIDE AWAKE … so I rubbed him down in lavender and cedarwood, and 10 minutes later he was out.
(Man, I love essential oils!)
Excuses aside though, my partial phone fast is going really well so far! Yes, I still find myself occasionally checking Facebook when I probably should be doing other stuff, but the time I spend on my device has drastically reduced, and I find myself getting in more quality time with the kids, because I’m actually paying attention to them instead of staring at the screen in my hand.
It’s pretty amazing. If you’ve never actually tried putting down your phone before, I highly recommend it. 😉
Still, there was one good thing to come out of my screen time tonight. I had the opportunity to pray for four different people who had specifically posted a status update asking for prayer. And seeing that many prayer requests all within minutes of each other got me thinking: we live in a world full of people who need our help. How often are we intentionally loving our neighbors by reaching out and praying for them?
I know for me personally, the answer is most definitely “not enough.” I usually chalk it up to a bad memory and lack of time, but those are pretty poor excuses. If I’ve got time to scroll through Facebook, then I’ve got time to pray. If for nothing else than for the people who are posting that they need prayer. And these days, I see those kinds of posts quite often.
(Social media is both a blessing and a curse, isn’t it?)
And as far as memory goes, I think that’s why He’s been leading me to write so much lately: so I’ll remember. In my last post, I talked about how He gave us the commandment to wear tzitzit so that we’d look upon them and remember to seek Him. In the same way, keeping a prayer journal and writing down the prayer requests of the people He has placed on my heart will most certainly help me to remember to pray for them.
It’s really not that difficult … we should pray for our brothers and sisters, yet time and time again, I make excuses about why I couldn’t or didn’t pray for someone in need … instead of just simply praying for them.
What’s even worse, sometimes I find myself praying for other people just so I can “check it off my list.”
“I told so-and-so I’d pray for her, and I haven’t done it yet … I guess now is as good a time as any” (followed by some lazy petition full of empty words, because I can’t even remember what they wanted me to pray for in the first place.)
Horrible, I know. But this season of repentance is forcing me to be real: with myself, with the Father, and with anyone who happens to be reading this.
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16
If this is something you struggle with too, then I hope this encourages you to take an inventory of your heart and to seek Him for forgiveness. And I invite you to join me in committing to be more intentional with your prayer life by taking actions that will help you to remember to pray for your neighbors (such as keeping a prayer journal, perhaps.)
And if this is NOT something you struggle with, would you commit to praying for me as I work through it? This is one area of my life where I truly desire to see transformation take place. I want to be intentional about praying for others, not so that I can check it off my list, but because I know that prayer is powerful. If we seek Him in prayer, he will reveal Himself to us, and we will see His glory.
This post is day 7 in my “40 Days of Repentance” series. Click here to read day 6.