A Prayer for a Fast From Media

BY JON TSCHANZ

God, you know that we have many distractions at our fingertips. God, you know that we rush to be saved by technology and then we rush to be saved from it.[1] And we confess that because of this, we often miss what’s right in front of us.

We know God that technology is not good or bad, but the way we use it can often blind to what’s really important or blind us to our neighbors who are in need or relationships that can grow. It can blind us to what you might be asking us to create in our lives. Because when we are so concerned with taking in information we are at times failing to help co-create new forms of beauty and new in-breakings of your kingdom in the world.

We are a plugged in people, God. So, we ask that you help us to instead this week be plugged into your reality, a reality of love and forgiveness, joy and grace, so that we might see you in a new way, outside of our normal rhythm of staring at the screens in our lives and instead stare at your face through all of the people in our lives that we seem to miss.

God as we rush to be saved by technology and then we rush to be saved from it, remind us who really does the saving in this world, that is you. You save us from our own insecurities and missteps. You save us from our own mess and brokenness. You save us from our selfishness and our self-centeredness. You save us, call us good and give us every good and perfect gift for our lives.

[1] Oscar Wilde Quote