#prayforparis #prayforSyria #pray-forlebanon were only some of the
trending tweets in 2015 concerning
world issues. We have worldwide information at our fingertips the moment big
events happen, and we’ve never been
able to reach out to people so easily
and quickly. awareness of these issues
really took off by means of Twitter,
instagram and Facebook, as we were
able to show our support and concern
to people who we’ve never even met
or ever will meet. although this is great
potential to build compassion, it’s also
a means to produce apathy.
gotten any better
because of your
praying for the world is a key part
of our christian life. Global prayer
movements can be radical and make
a significant difference. But believe it or
not, a re-tweet is not the same thing as
a prayer. Sometimes, we may be giving
others the impression of activism, while
not doing much at all.
if you couldn’t tweet #prayforparis,
would you still want to pray?
after tweeting about a situation, we
are tempted to stop there – to remain
apathetic. The reality is, the problem
you’re tweeting about hasn’t gotten any
better because of your tweet. The only
thing your tweet does is raise aware-
ness so that more people can know
about it, and hopefully take action.
The tweet itself is not the action
needed. it is simply information being
Following Jesus means that
sometimes we have to put down our
phones, get off our seats, and go
where he goes – where the suffering
is. Jesus spent his life with the sick
and the exposed. he never just stood
inside, waving at them, or shouting,
“i’m with you!” he actually spent his life
with them and really prayed for them.
So, next time you see #pray-for_________, instead of continuing
to like, share or scroll, put down your
phone and actually pray. Be open to
how the holy Spirit may speak to you. it
could be something small, like sending
an email to somebody who may have
been involved, or planning a bake sale
to raise funds.
But it could also be something bigger.
maybe that spark that caused the urge
to tweet, like or share is more than just
an emotion. maybe God is calling you to
volunteer with a christian organization
in that country. Either way, pray and be
christ followers are called to go to
the places where there is suffering and
to pray boldly for these situations. let’s
resist the temptation to hide behind our
screens in apathy, because #prayforparis is #NotEnough.
STOp hiDiNG BEhiND YOur ScrEEN &
DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
By: holly Stiller
Who is Holly Stiller?
1) She is in her last semester of high
2) She loves traveling and exploring
3) in the summer, she works as a
camp counselor at Ontario pioneer
4) She loves photography.
5) She works as a cashier at a grocery store.