The Unintentional Healing Power of Facebook
“When people say or post ‘sending prayers.’ Do you really think they are praying?”
That’s a question a listener of the radio program I co-host, “Funniest Thing! with Darrell and Ed”, asked in a Facebook message. My answer was, and is, “Yes!” Since prayer is to think loving or affirmative thoughts regarding a person or situation, Facebook has given us the opportunity to utilize the power of prayer more efficiently. These are exciting times.
Several weeks ago our 17-year-old dog, Sunny, had a major stroke. She passed out and when she regained consciousness she remained still, had no use of limbs; they were limp. She would not and could not eat. After calling our veterinarian it was clear nothing medically could be done for her. We were dreading the thought this might be it. But before giving too much thought to putting her to sleep, I posted Sunny’s condition with a photo of her on Facebook and asked for positive thoughts and prayers. What happened? 100's of likes and "sending prayers" comments rapidly began to accumulate. Soon after she began to show signs of improvement and 48 hrs later she was miraculously back on her feet and eating as if nothing ever happened.
The thing is the 'like' or comment IS the prayer. To believe that prayer only counts as prayer when you are repeating rote verses in a church or begging God for help is B.S. Jesus himself even said that was nonsense. The positive thought you have after reading a friend’s post is a powerful prayer in itself. It floats off into the ethers loaded with love and instantaneously begins to remedy the situation.
So yes, when someone says they'll pray, they already have.
In addition to Sunny’s experience, two of my childhood friends were diagnosed with cancer and shared their condition on Facebook, receiving many ‘likes’ and “sending prayers” comments from friends during the course of their treatment, both have made miraculous recoveries.