Recently some friends of mine have been having a conversation on Facebook that has really opened my eyes and changed the way I now approach anyone in need.
Prayer. As Christians, when a friend or relative is in need, we always offer prayers for support. While this can be a comfort to those in need, caution should be used when sending prayers to someone in need, especially to those outside the church.
Imagine the following scenario: someone on your Facebook friends list posts the following status: “Car broke down. I’m stranded on Grant Street.” Now imagine your reply, instead of saying you could pick them up you write, “Praying for you.” At best this is comforting, but at worst the person will be annoyed that, while prayer is a good thing, what they really needed was a ride. And you live two blocks away and have a car in your garage.
I think it’s time for us to re-evaluate how we respond to needs in and especially outside of the church. So I have a challenge for all my readers:
The next time you see a need on social media, offer prayers, but also offer to help. If someone is sick, offer to bring over some soup. Someone says they are depressed and lonely, offer your fellowship. See a message that a mom is overwhelmed with the kids? Offer prayer for endurance and then offer to babysit or recommend someone.
Pairing prayer with action is a bold way to show Christ’s love to those in need.