Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Funny Thing Happened on Facebook

“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20

A funny thing happened on Facebook. Not funny in the sense of laughter and jokes, but funny in the sense of the amazing way that God does extraordinary things. You see what happened on the At the Well Facebook group could not have been orchestrated by man. It was created by the divine.

You see, a funny thing happened on Facebook. God created a community. God created a family. God created a safe place where folks could be transparent-- a place where we have become the church-- the body of Christ. God brought people who have never seen each other together to pray for one another. God brought together brothers and sisters who are related by the blood of Jesus and their faith in God and his son Jesus Christ to share each other’s burdens, celebrate one another’s triumphs, encourage one another with our testimonies and pray.

Pray for salvation for our loved ones. Pray for healing for our family and friends. Pray for breakthroughs in our most trying situations. Pray for his blessings in our lives and enlarged territories-- spheres of influence-- for his glory.

About a month ago, during my prayer time, I felt that God was calling us on the At the Well Facebook group to pray specifically for two situations. Here is an excerpt from the post from that day (March 27th):

"I believe God. He said when two are three are gathered in His name, He would be in the midst. I believe that God's presence is here as we touch and agree on At the Well. And where there is God's presence, there is His power. I believe that God will do miracles because miracles are just what God does. The supernatural is natural to him. And I believe that while we say our prayers independently and silently in our own quiet times, there is great power when we come together collectively.

Sometimes we are afraid to pray because we are afraid that what we pray for won't happen or it's not possible. But what we are praying for is for God's will to be done and also praying His Word. And we are making our requests known but we know that whatever God does or whatever we as people may choose contrary to His will, that God's will will be done. We don't understand everything. And in this world, we know we will face trials, tribulations, disappointments and even death. But like the Hebrew boys we say, even if He doesn't do it, we still stand on His Word knowing He is able. But I am trusting God to do some things that will blow our minds. To Him be the glory.”

What happened?

In those specific situations God did the miraculous: a little boy woke up from a coma and is recovering--a miracle. A new house was purchased despite difficulties, a great testimony of God’s faithfulness. We saw other miracles and answers to prayer--a successful operation for cancer. And we said “Amen” when a loved one passed away from cancer.

There is no prayer too big for God to answer and in all things we pray that his will would be done. God has done the miraculous and even when He does not heal in the way that we had hoped, we still praise Him, because what we have learned through our prayer and praise to Him is that He is more than able, that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. We gain His perspective and we know His love. Nothing, not even death, trials or tribulations can separate us from His love. But we thank Him for demonstrating and manifesting His power, not just for us, but so others can believe.

Prayer is our most powerful weapon. God did not tell us we should always sing or preach. But He did say we must continually pray.

Amen.

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