Tuesday, December 13, 2005

A World of Prayer

Just think about this for a minute.

I sent an e-mail last night to about thirty of my friends and relatives, asking them to pray for a mother, Kathy, and her unborn baby, Daniel, who are having a hard time right now.

If each one of the thirty forwards my message to thirty friends, nine hundred people could be praying for them. Then, if each of the nine hundred forwards it to thirty friends, 27,000 could be praying. And that’s after only three layers of forwarding. (I call it “layers,” not knowing what else to call it. There is probably a word for it.) Before too long, if people continued to send it, close to a million people could be praying for Kathy and baby Daniel.

I have always been bad at math--but this is bound to be right, isn’t it? Or close to right?

The main point here is that God can use the Internet in amazing ways to further his purposes. The body of Christ can stay connected through prayer—the world-wide body of Christ, not just the ones I know personally. We need to tap into this power and wrap up the whole world in prayer.

In First Thessalonians 5:16-18, Paul says, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." And we ought to use this world-encircling modern technology as we pray without ceasing, so that it will go everywhere.

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