Thanks, but Don’t Bother Sending Me Your ‘Good Vibes’

It’s become all too common on social media and in conversation recently. Something bad happens and there’s a plea to “send prayers/good vibes” to address the issue at hand.

As a Christian, I take issue with this type of statement. While it may be the sender’s best of intentions to send “good vibes” (whatever that means) toward a person or difficult situation, this type of statement equates “good vibes” with prayer. I don’t know what sending “good vibes” will do to rectify a problem in someone’s life.

What I do know is that good vibes are not the same as prayer. What I do know is that prayer works. Praying may not always get you the result you’re looking for (or it may), but it will always draw you closer to God and His desire and will for your life.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” — Romans 8:28

Even if prayer doesn’t bring about the desired change in a situation, God’s Word says all things work out for good. I can rest in what God says about the situation without the need to request good vibes. But I do sometimes request prayer—and I probably don’t request it often enough. Prayer is powerful—it will either adjust the situation or it will adjust you into being able to deal with the situation. Either way, the subject of the prayer (a problem, a person, etc.) will change as a result.

And don’t give up on praying, even if it seems things aren’t changing for the better. In I Thessalonians 5:16-18, Paul writes “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

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