You may have noticed a little section on the left hand side of our homepage, with Mark’s latest Twitter updates.
What is Twitter? Well Twitter defines itself as “a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?”
Some say it is great for networking, while others think it is a complete waste of time.
I have to confess that until recently I was in the group who couldn’t possibly see a practical use for telling the world what you are doing in 140 characters. But in the couple of weeks I’ve been using it my view has changed considerably.
Having seen it in action on the Wycliffe UK website, I now think that Twitter may actually be the perfect tool for us to share prayer updates. Any time, any place (with either internet or mobile phone coverage), we can share what we’re doing with friends and family and know that they can pray for us.
You could be anywhere – at home, in the office, overseas, in a remote village in Africa (given the extensive mobile phone coverage now in many countries) – able to send instant prayer requests to supporters all over the world.
And those receiving the updates can not only feel connected to the person who has sent them, but can be motivated to pray, knowing that God is able to answer their prayers even over a distance of thousands of miles.
In a secular world Twitter is an interesting way to network and pass time without having much use in terms of productivity. But as Christians we can take it to a whole new level, of not just reading what someone is doing on the other side of the world, but giving their situation and requests to a God who loves to hear our prayers for each other and isn’t limited by time and space.