Unplugged and Then Connecting
James 5:13-16: Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (King James Version)
The other day I took the decision to spend the day unplugged from my laptop and my mobile phone. A complete day without turning on my computer or my iPhone. This is a massive decision as on a typical day I am basically connected all day starting at 5.20am and finishing late at night: constantly aware of my inboxes, readily distracted and experiencing what Linda Stone calls, ‘continuous partial attention’.
And I know this isn’t healthy so every few weeks I spend the day unplugged. And when I do, something quite incredible happens: I pray way more. I spend way more time reflecting and thinking. I read more. It is like being so connected to the internet reduces my ability to think, to pray, to reflect and when I take the internet away the thinking, praying and reflecting just flows out of me.
But I know the internet is a powerful tool, a new way of encouraging people into a deeper relationship with God. Just look at what has happened with my Praying People page on Facebook. Started 8 months ago it now has more than 55,000 members who commit to praying for and seeking prayer from each other. My aim was to create a community, a space where prayer and support could happen, and that is exactly what is happening praise God! There is now a growing team of prayer warriers who commit to intentionally praying for those who post prayers on the wall. All glory to God!
But I recognise that I need to take breaks from being online and free the brain to reflect to read, and to pray way more. This awesome reading in James clearly states the utter importance of prayer, and shows that if I am struggling or happy or sick.. I need to turn to God and pray. And being unplugged makes that a much easier.
So I want to encourage you to consider making a regular time to unplug. Will you join me?
God bless ya!
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