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04 May 2010

Right now, God’s Thinking of You

3:25 PM Posted by steve flores , , , No comments
Busyness has become a part of my life the past few months, with school and all. I never realized just how much time it would have consumed. “I’m busy,” seems too little a phrase to describe the last 3 months – many late nights and very early mornings. As I write this, I’m bracing for my last test in Chemistry tomorrow morning – the final. So, to take on a new challenge before the first one was over seemed crazy. But, within the last 3 days, I’ve been burdened and challenged to pray for my Facebook friends – more than a blanket prayer. I wanted to go down my friends list, look at the name, the face, and ask God for wisdom on how to pray, specifically, for the individual. I didn’t know how long this would take and I didn’t expect what would happen in my heart during the process. It has been life-changing and eye-opening. It pales in comparison to God’s thoughts about us.

I don’t know what prompted me to do this. Maybe it was the images on TV of the storm disasters in our area, the Twitter stream of friends who lost homes or were stranded because of flood waters. It even seemed overwhelming to hear of my friends whose family members were ill. My heart began to break, as I felt helpless. There is a passage in Psalms, chapter 139, specifically this passage caught my eye, verses 17-18, “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.”

The whole chapter is amazing and I’ve been humbled to hear the feedback from something as simple as my status update: “going down my friend list and calling names in prayer - one by one.” I’ve had much affirmation, completely unexpected, yet somehow I felt inadequate. To be honest, I’ve never prayed for that many people in a period of three days in my life. I hate to admit it. It’s even more horrible to type it. But, within the last three days, I’ve had more people on my heart and have felt closely connected. Somehow communicating that truth to them was encouraging. I guess it feels good to know you’re thought about, to know you’re not forgotten, or you’re remembered and even on someone’s heart. Thank God people aren’t relying on me to think about them daily or consistently, because until three days ago, it wasn’t a blip on my map. Again, just being transparent; I love people, but I didn’t make it a priority to take days to call out each individual’s name from my friend list in prayer. The good thing is Someone is thinking about us consistently. We haven’t been forgotten – our struggles, our issues, our tests, our desperation. Read the whole chapter of Psalm 139. I’ll make it easier for you, just click here.

So, as I type this, I’m on the M’s of my friend list, sorting by first names. It has taken me 3 days to get this far and again, I feel inadequate. Some of the needs are dire, desperate, and heart-shattering. And as my Facebook friends have been on my heart and in my prayers lately, it pales in comparison to how often God thinks about them…or you.

Here are the quick lessons I’ve learned: (I’m still learning them)
1. Needs may be different, but each one is significant
2. Encouragement is valuable
3. We need to listen…God is speaking
4. Treat needs as treasure gifts
5. It feels good to know we don’t have to face life’s struggles alone
6. Prayer breaks you and makes you sensitive
7. We are never forgotten

* I challenge you to let those people close to you know that the next few days you are going to be praying. If they have anything they would like to share take it to prayer – do what you say and guard their needs because they are sharing with you their heart. If they share nothing, pray for them anyway. Recall a memory and pray specifically – don’t make it a general prayer.