I love to send prayers into my multiple social media accounts so that my friends can pray along with me. My prayers have covered topics such as social unrest, isolation, politics, truth, our country, loneliness, the pandemic, racial tensions, the lost, the hurting and more.
Recently I logged into my Pinterest account to check my analytics so I could see which of the prayer topics resonated most with my Pinterest followers. I was surprised by what I found.
My third most popular prayer on Pinterest these last few weeks, coming in at 3.1 thousand impressions, reads:
Dear Lord, I need more of Your Holy Spirit in my life. Refill my emptiness with more of Your presence.
Yes! How are we going to get through this difficult season without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit?
Jesus once told a parable about the bridesmaids who waited one long, dark night for the bridegroom to lead them to the wedding feast. Five wise bridesmaids were prepared with extra oil for their lamps, while five foolish women allowed their lamps to run empty causing them to miss both the groom’s arrival and wedding celebration. We cannot be like the foolish women; we must all replenish our souls with the oil of the Spirit.
My second most popular Pinterest prayer, coming in at 3.6 thousand impressions reads:
Dear Lord, I hurt for those who suffer. I hurt for those who grieve. I hurt for those who experience loss. Please comfort us all in Your love.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
How wonderful that through prayer, we can receive and share the comfort of God.
Can you guess which prayer topic hit number one with 8.2 thousand impressions?
Nope; it wasn’t prayers on politics, the pandemic, our country or isolation. It was simply:
Dear Lord, When I feel powerless against hurricanes, riots and unrest, I remember that when I look to You, I can walk through any storm.
That prayer certainly resonates with me, especially as I once drove my car through a powerful wedge tornado on the freeway. I sang worship songs with the radio as I punctured the tornado’s violent wall to find the monster’s peaceful, hollow center. I exited the whirlwind without a scratch, protected by worship and a loving God who saw me through. John 16:33 (ESV) says,
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Remember, answered prayer only comes to those who are willing to pray. Now is the time to pray like never before.