Connected … Then Kicked Off the Team

“When you pray, pray in this way …”   Matthew 6:9

Did you hear about the football (European) player who was suspended for something he posted on social media? One could argue that what he was responding to in his post should never have been posted in the first place. In other words, perhaps he was a sucker falling for bate he should have known better than to take.

There is a lot being written these days about appropriate use of social media. And people are homing in – what is “OK” for teenagers? White folks? People of color? You can be part of a live twitter chat this week discussing what it means “Being a Woman Online“. I recently heard a discussion on the radio with regard to the posting of ultrasound images online. “Who wants to see the inside of your uterus ! ?”

Conventional wisdom suggests that while we might find the topic we are about to send into the cyber-universe interesting to the point of being compelling, not everyone will agree. Not even the people we really love – they might not be all that interested. This hyper-connected world of ours – it’s not always easy to navigate!

What about when we pray? Are we so taken with our own selves that we occasionally miss the point? Is it even possible to pray absent our own particular self-interests? Doesn’t something have to strike fairly close to home in order for us to consider it prayer-worthy? Give us our daily bread – that seems to be a reasonable prayer…but so is Thy will be done.

Jesus teaches that we are always hyper-connected to the Source of Life. We don’t have to wait until we get to the temple and then find the unblemished animal and then locate a priest with the proper credentials. etc. You can go into your prayer closet anytime. As you pray today, remember the power of being connected to God. Perhaps pause just for a moment to listen to the Spirit for guidance. You don’t have to worry about being kicked off the team if you don’t pray right. But the power of prayer is ultimately derived from the will of God. We could begin our prayers in that manner – Thy will be done.

A blessed Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.