Like most people, I have many hopes, wishes, and prayers etched on my heart. Some are personal intentions; other times I speak to God on the behalf of others. Sometimes my prayers are about giving thanks. More often than I’d like to admit my prayers are big whine fests.
In the past, I’d scribble down a list of current intentions (and “thing to whine about”) in my journal (the old-fashioned kind with paper), but frequently I’d be out running errands or on a walk with a friend when I’d be made aware of a prayer request – one that didn’t involve me or my hopes or my dreams. And so I’d make a promise to pray for someone or for a situation, and sometimes I would utter a quick prayer on the spot. Other times I’d remember to write down this intention in my journal. On a really good day, I’d really raise my heart and mind to God and talk to Him about this person’s pain or joy, fear or acceptance, sickness or health. However, I often wasn’t as intentional as I should be with the many petitions I’d be entrusted with on any given day.
Enter the Internet and social media where even more prayer requests were brought to my virtual doorstep, and it became increasingly difficult to remember all those who needed me to whisper to God on their behalf.
Then I read this beautiful article called “Inside The God Box” where the author (Mary Lou Quinla) remembers her faithful mother and how she “put each dream, decision, and desperate prayer” into her own God box. Inspired by this I purchased a plain, brown photo storage box, labeled it “The God Box,” and put it in my closet. When a prayer intention strikes me, I jot it down, often on a scrap of paper, and slip it in.
Yet, it’s still difficult to remember every prayer request I stumble across, especially in the online world. That’s why I’ve decided to create a virtual “God Box.” This is a place to stash my own intentions, prayer requests I’ve had from others, and even blog buttons that are circulating through social media. It’s also my hope that this virtual God Box will become a living prayer list for my regular readers and anyone who happens to stumble across this corner of cyberspace.
Here’s place to share your petitions, a heartbreaking news story that makes us aware of others who need our prayers, and your gratitude for prayers answered, or perhaps spiritual resolutions you’ve arrived at with God’s grace. In this safe place, I pray we’ll find an online ministry – a way of bringing God’s family together and allowing the Internet to be used to heal, to spread the Good News, and to reveal not only suffering but hope and redemption.
I invite you to share your prayers – anonymously or not. Feel free to share links to posts to requesting the prayers and/or support of others as well. Let us be the Simon of Cyrene to others and help lighten the load of the heavy crosses others carry. But let us also be like the apostles who were graced with the opportunity to embrace the Risen Lord and celebrate all the goodness, love, and light that blesses our lives.