Recently someone asked me about the emerging trend of people sending ‘positive energy’ instead of praying for a person as requested. I’m not sure what this means. Every month I get a bill from Ontario Hydro for all the ‘positive’ energy they sent me. It has to be ‘positive’ because they charged me for what I used. How is energy interchangeable with prayer? The former is of the physical universe and the latter is spiritual.
Many people are confused by energy because they can’t see it, except maybe when lightning slashes across the sky. They think it is insubstantial because it’s invisible yet any physics teacher will tell you that one definition of energy is ‘the ability to perform work’. There’s nothing insubstantial about that. Sadly a lot of people forget their high school physics if they even bothered to listen in the first place. Thinking that energy is the same as prayer is very superstitious and reveals an ignorance of physics and things spiritual.
The ‘Well Trained Mind’ community looked at this question and one respondent honestly stated; “When I say it, I mean that I am wishing them well, thinking about them, hoping for the best, and sending up prayers. It is pretty much just like ‘I’m praying for you,’ but I will only say ‘praying’ if I know someone is definitely the official praying kind and that they are OK with God-talk in public (not in church, lol). For anyone else, or for someone I don’t know well enough to be sure, I never say ‘praying’ in any context.” This seems to be the most likely meaning. People don’t want to openly say that they believe in prayer. They would rather make a pseudoscientific statement that they are capable of some kind of mental broadcasting out into the void like a radio transmitter. Some think that’s way better than sounding ‘religious’!
Spiritually speaking, prayer is powerful. The Bible tells us; “ Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” (James 5:14,15) Prayer works in the context of a community – a community of Christian faith. Prayer works through humility; admitting that you are a sinner and in need of forgiveness. This humble realization forms the basis of authentic righteousness because there is only one person – Jesus – that has the ‘power’ to forgive sins. (Matthew 9:4,5,6) People with that kind of humility and righteousness in Jesus Christ are very effective in prayer (James 5:16). Seek them out for your prayer requests.
If someone is ‘beaming’ positive energy toward you just be thankful you’re not going to be billed for it. The air we breathe is comprised largely of a gas called nitrogen (70 percent) that doesn’t sustain us nor does it kill us. These kind of transmissions of positive energy are like the nitrogen in our atmosphere – mostly inert and harmless. Let well-meaning people ‘beam positive energy’ to you all they want. Pray for them. Pray that God’s Holy Spirit will draw them into His truth (John 14:6). God extends His mercy to all people everywhere (Matthew 5:45)!
Pray also and most importantly that God will provide you with the opportunity to witness to your ‘positive energy senders’. “Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:15,16)
The very best light to share with all your friends (especially those that don’t believe in Jesus) is His Word!