Last night as I was scrolling through Facebook, I saw a listing on a prayer group that said something like this:
“Dear Lord Jesus, please give me a decent truck for free. Dear Jesus I know your Word says you will give us whatever we ask for. God you know I don’t have enough money for a truck, but I need one. I’m trusting you to supply it for me. Thank you Jesus.”
Two people commented beneath that post saying they would pray with her for God to give her that truck.
ENTER INTO YOUR PRAYER CLOSET
Do you know what is wrong with that post? Matthew 6:5-6 says:
“But thou, when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are:
for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets,
that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet,
and when thou hast shut thy door,
pray to the Father which is in secret;
and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
When you want God to answer a prayer, the Bible teaches that you are to pray privately. There’s a reason for that. If you post a prayer like that on Facebook, in all actuality, you are not asking God to give you a truck. You are hoping that some Christian person who sees your post will have a truck they want to get rid of and because they see your need, they will fill it. That is not having faith in God. That is having faith in humanity. If you ask God in secret and then someone mysteriously calls you or shows up at your door with a truck, that is faith. That is praying the right way and connecting with the Almighty God.
PEOPLE DO NOT REST AFTER THEY DIE
Have you ever noticed the fake Christianity that exists on Facebook? When loved ones or even famous people die, people who claim to be Christians post on their walls or on the walls of the deceased, messages like, “Rest in peace.” Newsflash! When people die, they don’t rest! What a silly thing to say! When I die, I have no desire to rest! I’m going to be up in Heaven with my Saviour! I want to praise Him! I want to be singing alongside those angels! After spending some time with Jesus, I want to meet the Apostle Paul, Moses, Mary, Jonah, Elijah, Elisha, the widow woman who gave her last two mites, and so many more interesting people from the Bible. Not to mention my ancestors that have gone on before me. I don’t want to go there and rest. There will be way too much to do!
Well, you say, that’s great for the person who is saved, but what about the man who doesn’t have an inheritance in Heaven? He’s not going to rest either! How would you like to be falling into an abyss that never ends? All you see is darkness. Your body is burning and you’re screaming out in pain. You might hear the screams of others being tormented just like you are, but you can’t see them. You know you will never have a way out of Hell. Does that sound like rest to you? If not, why would a Christian who should know better tell someone to “rest in peace?” Sometimes I think Facebook brings out a fake Christianity in people – it makes them forget everything the Bible stands for.
GOD DOESN’T BLESS PEOPLE FOR SHARING MEMES
Christian people, please be careful what you say and what you do on social media. If you see a post that says God will richly bless you if you pass on a meme to at least 10 other people, before you hit share, ask yourself “Uh, where does the Bible say I will be blessed if I pass something around on Facebook?”
If you’re really looking to be blessed of God, take a look at Psalm 1. It gives good instructions for being blessed. The very first verse says:
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
Not good enough for you? How about Malachi 3:10:
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,
that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith,
saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of Heaven,
and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
Again folks, be careful what you say and do on Facebook. Don’t let what everyone else is doing on social media pull you away from the way God teaches you to live your life.
ASK THE LORD TO SAVE YOUR SOUL
If you read this post and right now, you know if something should happen to you, you won’t have the opportunity to worship Jesus, to sing with the angels, to meet the wonderful men and women talked about in the Bible, would you like to change that? All you have to do is believe that Jesus is God’s Son, that He died on the cross for your sins, and that God raised Him from the dead. Then you have to ask God to save your soul and the Bible says He will do it. Why not pray that prayer right now? Tonight, when you go to sleep, wouldn’t you like to know that if you died, you would wake up walking on a street of gold?