I’m sure you’ve seen it while scrolling through your social media channels, someone asking for “good vibes” to be sent their way. I’ve seen this request made for a sick family member, a job opportunity, and even for a college exam.
“Vibe” is a slang term. Look it up in the dictionary and you won’t really get a clear idea of what it means, but I think we can come up with an idea when looking at today’s culture. To me, it means feeling or idea. These people are asking for good feelings and thoughts to be sent their way in hopes that this collection of positivity will give their current dilemma a positive outcome.
I can’t help but get frustrated when I come across someone requesting “good vibes” for their situation. I’m sensitive to their need; however, I think a lot of times these people are dancing around the real issue. A “good vibe” will not meet your need; a prayer will meet your need.
Some people may not have experienced the power of prayer for themselves, but I think sometimes we try to be too sensitive about non-believers’ preferences, and in lieu of prayer we say, “Be thinking about so-and-so,” or “Send a good vibe my way on test day.”
If you want something done, you can’t just think about it. You have to either do it yourself or ask someone to do it for you. While some situations may be out of our control, God is in control. He can heal your sick family member, provide a job, and help you do well on a college exam. He can meet any and every need — we just have to ask.
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matt 21:22).
There is power in numbers, and prayer is no different. If you’re experiencing a trial, ask others to pray for the situation. I’ve heard testimony after testimony of specific prayers being answered. I’ve never heard a testimony that “good vibes” helped someone make it through.
Call it what it is. Call on Him in prayer.