Your dearest loved one is deathly ill or a situation in your life needs immediate change beyond your control. What do you do? Sadly, most people these days ask their friends to “send good vibes their way” or “send healing thoughts”. This is about as useless to the sick or needy as it is for you to take a shower that morning in their honor. What you need, my friend, is prayer! Holy intercession to a God most high, the Creator, the Savior, the all-powerful, all-knowing Healer.
According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, “vibe” is defined as a feeling that someone or something gives you. The Oxford Online Dictionary defines it as a person’s emotional state or the atmosphere of a place as communicated to and felt by others. Look back to the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary and the word “vibe” doesn’t even exist. So by it’s modern definition, it’s just a feeling, or an emotional state. Now I’m not a rocket scientist, but if I was in a difficult situation and needed some help, I don’t really care how you are “feeling” and even if you would start “feeling” better, it wouldn’t help me out at all. Now what really chaps my khakis is that so many Christians are going to this type of speech so that they don’t offend anyone. No offense, but I will most definitely be offended if you decide to “feel” good for me that day instead of trying to get a prayer through to a Holy God of heaven in Jesus’ name. If someone gets offended because you ask for prayers, they need prayers themselves so that God can open their eyes and convict their heart to show them their need for salvation. Unless a person is a born-again child of God, washed in Jesus’ blood, they will not be able to get a prayer through for you anyway. Let’s stop all the useless “vibe” talk and get back to our prayer closets.
We could sit around a sick person all day laughing and “giving off good vibes” and the person will still be as sick as ever, just annoyed that we’re all having a good time during their misery. Let’s show compassion and hit our knees friends.
Another thought on the subject, how is it easier for some to believe in “vibes” which didn’t even exist 100 years ago, but can’t believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and the power of prayer?