An Encouraging Word Goes A Long Way – Proverbs 15:23

Proverbs 15:23-Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!

I have a friend on Facebook who hates being “poked”. For those of you who are FB illiterate, Poke is a feature which a user can use for the intention of getting another Facebook user’s attention. When somebody pokes you, you get a notification on your home page in Facebook. It is supposed to be just a friendly little thing. The thing is that even strangers can poke you and that’s when it gets a little, well… creepy.

I personally love it but I only poke people who I know think I’m nuts and will poke me back… unless I get really carried away. After poking people back and forth for several days they sometimes get a bit annoyed.

One of these friends shared another form of poking that isn’t an app and is really productive. They called it “Prayer Poking”. They send a personal message or email to a friend or post on their timeline that they are praying for them. Sometimes they even ask the friend to share with them any personal prayer needs that they are in need of today. Then they take a few minutes and ask God to bless them.

I thought this was a swell idea. I have been “prayer poking” for a long time and didn’t even know it (It’s nice to be cool even if it is by accident).

It is so easy for people to feel like they are all alone in this world. They fight and struggle with all kinds of things. They could be spiritual and they could be physical. It can be an illness, family problems, addictions, and even weight loss.

Sometimes they just need to be reminded that they are not alone. An encouraging word can go along way to getting people on the right path. And to lift them up in prayer is of benefit to both the one being prayed for and the one who is on their knees.

Dear Lord, I want to thank you for all my friends, family, and acquaintances. They have lifted me up when I am down. Help me to be an asset to them and to pray and encourage them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

1 Thessalonians 5:11
“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (NLT)

1 Corinthians 12:26
“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” (ESV)

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