Praying to Facebook
Sometimes it sneaks up on us. Maybe it’s something you ate or genuine feeling, but you feel the urge to share your angst. You don’t feel right and you want someone else to know it. We don’t want help; we want attention. We open the Facebook app or go to the website and post a status update about how we’re feeling and then we play the waiting game. Sooner or later someone will ask what’s wrong and we’ll get the attention we desire while sidestepping any kind of treatment for the issue.
It’s important that we recognize and confess what that sort of behavior is. When we feel a need for attention and love and turn to Facebook, we’re praying to Facebook. We’re looking to our friends and family to capitulate to our demand for the worst kind of love: an affection that meets the surface need without dealing with the idolatry gripping our hearts beneath the surface.
There is nothing wrong with asking a friend to pray for you or to comfort you, but when we turn to social networking we’re really just looking for attention. We want people to pity us and join in loving us. Instead of going to God, the source of all good gifts, we turn to Facebook for our needs.
Whenever you feel lonely or sad or burdened, remember that your Father in heaven loves you. Remember that the God who cares enough to feed the birds of the air and clothe the flowers loves you much more than them. Remember that Jesus values you so much that he went to the cross for you. Remember that you are never alone because God’s Spirit lives in you. Pray to God and pray with your friends, but don’t worship yourself and Facebook.
I lift my eyes to the hills.
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved
He who keeps you will not slumber
Behold, he who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep
The LORD is your keeper
The LORD is your shade on your right hand
The sun shall not strike you by day
Nor the moon by night
The LORD will keep you from all evil
He will keep your life
The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forevermore.