The room was full of heads bowed.
Heads bowed over cell phones and tablets, browsing email and surfing Facebook. Social media had won and left too many feeling forgotten.
We live in the age of the forgotten. So much of life shoves for our attention, and to be honest, we’re allowing loneliness to win.
I’m allowing it. You’re allowing it.
And it’s killing our relationships, friendships, marriages, and community.
When we choose to pay attention – when we really take the time to listen and understand – we may just realize that there are a whole lot of forgotten feelings floating around.
There are a whole lot of lonely, tired, and hurting people wanting authentic community and real friendship.
Not friendship where a phone stands between. Not community organized around a 72″ television. Not living in a world full of confusing messages about importance and meaning.
You know what that phone barrier displays? A whole lot of lack of importance.
And that TV screen from which you can’t look away? A big serving of little meaning.
We need to be a people who embrace the forgotten and choose to erase those lies. But sometimes, we’re the ones who feel forgotten. We’re the ones who sit across from a phone-absorbed friend and wonder if they truly hear our aching heart. We’re the ones who want to choose board-games over television & a barbecue over texting.
Sometimes the only thing we can do is cry out to a God who sees our loneliness and chooses to step in. We serve a God who does that – who watches as we ache for community. And He promises to hear our cries and comfort our lonely hearts.
So, friends, here is a prayer. Pray it in bold belief.
A Prayer for the Lonely and Forgotten
We pray this in Jesus’ name,
Would you join me in praying for this revival that we would all be about others first? Prayer is the real answer to fewer forgotten & lonely people.
How do we practically start living for the forgotten?
- Choose real friends over the all-too-familiar Facebook.
- Be about others before you try to be like others.
- Sure, check your email. First, call your friend.
- Take the first step rather than choosing isolation.
- Smile for real – don’t replace it with an emoji.
- Notice the lonely, and do something about it.
- Hug the forgotten. Live life with the hurting.
- Allow God to mold you into someone who lives for the other first.
Lastly, I want to leave you with some strong fuel for this revival fire. It’s all over Scripture.
Philippians 3:20 “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Leviticus 26:12 “I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be my people.”
Isaiah 49:16 “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.”
Psalm 143:1 “Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications! In your faithfulness answer me, and in your righteousness.”
Psalm 31:24 “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”
When we believe in these promises & fight the reality of loneliness, something amazing happens. There becomes fewer forgotten people and a whole lot more deep friendship.
Those bowed heads? They all become about one another.
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