My jaw drops open when I review the list of BlueDoor.tv partners and observe the growing number of online churches worldwide these days. At the risk of sounding like your great-grandmother, I remember the days when no one knew what an online church was.
Today there are hundreds (if not thousands) of people ministering to others online around the globe. Some of you are trained online prayer volunteers, and some of you have simply taken opportunities to pray for others as they come. You’ll all needed.
When I consult churches who have online outreach ministries, they often communicate that finding online prayer volunteers can prove to be difficult. Here are my suggestions for helping prayer warriors minister well online:
1) Make it personal. Remember that your individual prayers aren’t being broadcast for the whole world to read. Typed out prayers in a chat room are just as heartfelt and personal when you keep in mind to Whom you’re praying and the person for whom you’re praying.
2) Be prepared. As with a local prayer ministry, volunteers who show up to serve without having taken the time to seek God and read His Word on their own are not prepared.
3) Be bold. The person who has asked you to pray for him can exit the chat room at any time. Don’t water down your prayers in the hopes of dragging him along on a mediocre experience with God. Pray (and type out) the words that come to mind from the Holy Spirit and leave the person’s response (acceptance or rejection) up to him.
4) Respect the opportunity. I suggest each team have more than one prayer volunteer if possible so that you’re not left alone to juggle prayer sessions with multiple people. Each individual has a unique need, and every situation matters deeply to God.
5) Get out there. I’ve been told by people who are prayer warriors that they’re uncomfortable using their gift in an online setting. We receive God’s gifts and are to use them as He leads. Please don’t limit your gift for use only in face to face settings. Millions of people around the world are seeking God online and you could be His helper in reaching them!
Have you ever prayed for someone in an online setting? What was the experience like?