Long ago I stopped making New Year’s resolutions, serious ones at least. Then two years ago, my teenage granddaughter challenged me to “get with it and get on Facebook.” I saw little value in some toy created by a Harvard Sophomore, but I agreed to do so as a New Year’s resolution. I had also set an earlier goal to spend more time praying for friends. The Bible says, “The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends” (Job 42:10 NAS). I certainly had no fortunes needing restoration, nor, fortunately, did I have any “friends” like Job had. I had, however, lost some things I wished to have restored and I wanted to do more praying for friends. Little did I know that Facebook would provide that opportunity. Once on Facebook, I added “friends” to my list, almost daily - some were long-lost friends. Two years later, I’m happy to report more than 1500 Facebook friends for whom I pray on their birthdays, complete with a notice to them of my intercession. I’ve also grouped my friends into sub-groupings that enable me to pray for them in a systematic manner. So thanks to my Facebook New Year’s resolution, I have fulfilled my goal of spending more time praying for my friends. Why should Satan be the only one using technology? However, don’t expect me to Tweet. A guy has to draw a line somewhere.
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