Wednesday, May 25, 2011
So, I've known for a long time my spiritual gift is prayer. It comes easily for me and I can and will do it on and off all day. There are times when God puts someone or something on my heart and I know without a doubt I am to stop and pray for them.
For the past few weeks at church, we have been discussing spiritual gifts and how you can and should be using yours. I felt I needed to step up and start using my gift in the Body, not just in the quiet safety of my own home. Talk about scary! I am happy in my own little world. I am happy to be on the sidelines cheering others on, occasionally pitching in and helping out. So, when I approached the pastor's daughter and asked where I can help in this area, I was out of my comfort zone. But, still, I expected a little direction, maybe to be on the prayer chain. What I wasn't expecting was for her to tell me, "Ok, it's all yours! Go, figure out what you want to do and let me know."
Wow! Umm, ok, I can do that. I started thinking about it and realized I can do this! "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil 4:13
Then, I became excited. Ideas began swirling though my mind and I was ready to get started. I wanted to use a new way to reach out in prayer. Facebook! I could start a Facebook page for prayer requests. It's quick, it's easy, it's all encompassing. Everyone has a Facebook page! I ran it by my pastor and he agreed it is a good idea, but the older people in the church might be hurt and left out. Well, I didn't want to exclude anyone so I had my techie husband whip me up a prayer chain sign up sheet for those who would prefer to be called with the prayer requests. But I still felt more could be done. I wanted to personal aspect of prayer. The relational aspect of prayer. God says, "For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." Matt 8:20
So, now our church has a Facebook prayer page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunrise-Baptist-Church-Prayer-Warriors/183373028378699
We also have a phone prayer chain
And we are starting up a Sunday morning Prayer Warriors Group
The moral of this story: When God calls you out of your comfort zone, go for it! You will be the one blessed!