The digital space has become a huge mission field where we can begin praying for people in our contact list or groups we belong to. How about turning your cell phone into a ministry tool by prayer?
Prayer “scrolling” – Prayer Walking on the Digital Space
Almost every young person with a digital device spends a lot of time on the internet. The digital space has become a huge mission field where we can begin praying for people in our contact list or groups we belong to. How about turning your cell phone into a ministry tool by prayer?
Ngina Mbiru is doing this and shares her story:
When I attended the training on Learning to Evangelize And Disciple (LEAD), I learnt about prayer walking. However, as I thought through the study, I wondered how I was going to practice this at a time when movement was restricted and the people in my target group at the time were in different physical locations. However, we all shared a common arena in a WhatsApp group. It was then I decided to pray along their names on the WhatsApp groups. Let’s call it “prayer-scrolling”.
In a particular group I belonged to, I had been having a desire to have access to minister to them. For a long while, I had not seen this group as a mission field that is supposed to be harvested, as it had a huge number of professed Christians but not disciples. It also had a number of persons who were clearly not Christians of any sort. A few days into prayer-scrolling, things began to change. A discussion came up in the group, and very randomly, one of the moderators called me out to share on the matter. After I shared my perspective of what was being discussed, I noticed it was becoming easier for me to relate with the group members. Another interesting change has been the conversations. I noticed Christians in the group are speaking out more boldly even with regard to faith, and also discussions are more enlightening and not just normal talk. The journey is ongoing as I’m now praying to find a ‘Person of Peace’ amongst these professionals and campus students and begin a journey with them in discipleship.
How I do it? Simple: I open the group page on WhatsApp, then begin going through the contacts, mentioning the names of group members as I pray both in the Spirit and with my understanding.
In addition, another way I found of implementing praying in the Digital Space, is a process that I also learnt from the LEAD training. Again, this was a group that I formed a few weeks back to pray together for the nations and missionaries. I then created a list of their names well numbered and use the dates of the calendar to pray for each of them. For instance, if number 22 on my list is Mercy, I reach out to her on the 22nd day of the month, get to know how I can pray with her, and I actually pray with them on a call, text or voice note. Among the many testimonies of healing and answered prayers, one touched me most. As I prayed with one of them, I got an insight into her life and after sharing with her what I saw, she was amazed as she had been praying to have a friend whom she could share that matter with. My greatest blessing has been to see more people praying for God’s purposes among the nations.
Ngina Mbiru is a graduate of Egerton University and serves full time at the ACTIVATE Kenya Office