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projectblessed Prayer Pledge Day 5

project blessed day 5

Gina Fensterer of Someday Saints recently posted about how social media can be a powerful tool for prayer and evangelization. Think about how we can put prayer in action through social media.

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Social media can be a great tool for gathering a community in prayer. I know of no better way to quickly tap into the communion of saints on earth and dozens upon dozens of prayer warriors than by logging on and asking for friends to pray.

We all know the dangers of social media. It sucks time, distracts us from work and family time, keeps us from connecting to the person next to us in line…and yet, great good can come from intentional use of social media. I’m reminded of St. Maximilian Kolbe, who used the media–a typewriter–to spread the Gospel. We have, quite literally, at our fingertips the greatest too, of our time. If it isn’t smart phone or tablet, nearly every home has a computer. With a few quick taps, we can rally the prayers of friends and friends of friends quicker than we’d reach two people on the phone in a prayer chain.

About 3 months ago, I was very nearly ready to ditch social media. Instead of completely signing off, I switched Instagram to “private” and decreased my time on Facebook. One reason I remain on Facebook is because of the incredible potential for rallying prayer warriors. Brilliant saints before us have recognized the good in media for evangelization (think St. Maximillian Kolbe and St. John Paul II)…and following their example, I’m not giving up on social media. Nope, I’m using my time and my posts intentionally, and one way I’m choosing to do so is in asking for prayers, and praying for my friends when they request them.

I’ve seen the power of prayer. It is incredible. About a month ago, a friend in a women’s group on Facebook shared the devastating and terrifying news of a life-threatening condition affecting her and her unborn child. Next week, she will deliver this child by c-section, and then undergo a lengthy surgery which will hopefully save her life, but the recovery will be long and hard. Without sharing all the details, imagine this: because of social media, she was able to share with many people at once. Immediately, the other women in this group started posting to our personal FB pages, asking for prayers. And then suddenly there were hundreds of people lifting up a prayer for a mom in need.

This past week, another friend of mine found herself facing a parent’s worst nightmare. Again, within minutes, we had hundreds of people sharing, asking for prayers to surround her and her family. In *minutes*, the communion of saints calls upon our God to be present, to heal, to comfort, to rejoice.

It is beautiful.

Comment below with your thoughts:

How can you use social media to reach out in prayer this week? Where do you look online for encouragement and inspiration? Can we change our online communities into places of blessing for others?

or, simply answer:

Did you pray today?

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19 Comments

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    Ann-Marie
    January 5, 2016 at 6:38 am

    I’ve been so very blessed by the online community with prayer. I love that I can pray for women I”ve never met in person, but who have shared their lives, struggles and joys through social media. It makes life so less isolating. Prayer for all who struggle today.

    I got up this morning to spend some time in prayer and reflection over the readings. There is such a call to trust Jesus in the Gospel. He will meet our needs in the way that is best for us (even if its not what we would want). A good reminder as I start the day.

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      Jenna
      January 5, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      So beautiful, Ann-Marie. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    Gloria
    January 5, 2016 at 7:03 am

    The Blessed Is She community is so uplifting and I love starting my mornings by reading the daily reflection. Today, I prayed for everyone in the Blessed Is She community.

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      Jenna
      January 5, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Thank you so much, Gloria. We need them 🙂

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    Erika
    January 5, 2016 at 7:11 am

    The week before Christmas, my husband and I found out we were miscarrying our second child. I had no idea how to handle it and was terrified of delivering my sweet baby at home. I immediately asked the BIS community for prayers for myself and my baby. Although the process was still hard, between contractions and trying to wrap my head around this loss, I was so uplifted by the prayers of my sisters in Christ. Every comment and “like” reminded me not only of the communion of saints on earth but also, the communion of Saints in Heaven that my sweet boy, John Simeon, is now a part of. God is so good and I am so grateful for this community.

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      Jenna
      January 5, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      My heart aches for your loss, Erika. And I totally know how it feels to have such amazing prayer warriors on your side. All my love. 🙂

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      Gina
      January 6, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Oh, Erika, how hard. Praying for you.

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    Stephanie
    January 5, 2016 at 7:34 am

    I am proud to say that our parish has a prayer email chain that has 600 members! Many great things have come from the prayers of this group, praise the Lord.

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      Monica
      January 6, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      Can I add my prayer to that chain? I really do need
      the prayers

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    Mary Bacher
    January 5, 2016 at 8:11 am

    I love today’s reflection. Thank you, BIS! I am a youth minister and I am continually using social media to reach my teens. I also use it in my personal life through my Natural Family Planning Facebook groups and a beautiful retreat ministry group I am a part of called Teens Encounter Christ. It is amazing how quickly I can send out prayer requests and how quickly I am able to pray for those who are asking for prayers. Today I will pray for all those in this community and the needs we hold in the silence of our hearts. I hope everyone has a beautiful day. This prayer pledge has been such a blessing!

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      Jenna
      January 5, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      That’s amazing to hear! Thank you so much for your support and love. It’s so great to have sisters walking alongside each other.

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    Amanda L.
    January 5, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Well besides the Blessed is She community especially the facebook group for my region, I read blogs that help inspire me. If it weren’t for the internet and message boards way back before facebook, I wouldn’t have come back to the faith as quickly.
    One thing I try to do when online (and I do mean TRY) is have a little notepad, sticky note etc., so if I notice someone asking for prayers or having a trying time, to write it down so I don’t forget to pray.

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      Gina
      January 5, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      What a great idea!

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      Jenna
      January 5, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Yes, I love that idea SO much.

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    Kathy
    January 5, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    I look forward to my daily BIS devotional in my inbox. It is such a great way to start my day! This community is such a blessing and gives me great hope! It is such an example of God working in every aspect of our life. I keep all of you in my prayers.

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    Laura
    January 6, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Well, I’m a day late commenting on this, but wanted to throw this idea out there: inspired by a blog post I read, I started posting a call for prayer requests every week on Sundays. People comment, message me, or just “like” it and then I write down the intentions in a notebook to remember throughout the week and offer things up for. I write things down when I see people’s requests too. It’s such a powerful way to connect with people! I highly encourage others to give it a try – you might be surprised who will reach out to you! And I wish I could remember where I got the idea to give her credit. Thank you, whoever you are!!

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      Gina
      January 6, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      I really like this idea! Thank you for sharing.

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        Laura
        January 7, 2016 at 12:09 am

        You’re welcome! It’s honestly surprised me how it softens people’s hearts to simply be asked if they have something you can remember in prayer. What an honor!

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    Kat
    January 6, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    The beautiful digital artwork and simple, striking lines from the BIS blogs posted on Instagram are what keep me on social media. To see something so simultaneously artistic and Faith-driven in the middle of my scrolling boosts my day and lifts my eyes towards Him. I strive to make my own social media pages compasses towards God’s face instead of my own.

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