“I Can’t Breathe!”

It was a rough day.

With a heavy heart, I dragged my feet as I stared at the clock and counted down the hours for my work day to be over. It’s difficult to sit in an office on a quiet day when there’s chaos consuming the world and tempting to consume your mind. With every passing hour a new alert; “Costa Mesa has issued a citywide curfew from 7pm to 5:30am.” Another hour, another update; “Trump addresses the nation amid growing protests” and then another one, “Our leaders dither as our cities burn” and another one, “The Rioters Aren’t Protesters, They’re Scumbags!” The updates are never ending…

Then you open up Instagram and the never ending videos of people crying, people looting, people praying, others fighting, some preaching, and some scared. Some videos are good, but most are bad. With every Insta story tap; a new fact, a new quote, a new opinion. The updates are never ending…

I spent less than 10 minutes on social media today and that was enough to affect my emotions for hours and hours of my day. I closed the apps, not because I didn’t want to know what was going on, believe me- I wanted to know! I like to stay updated on what the political leaders are saying. I value the opinions of the spiritual leaders and influential artists of our time. However, I felt this urgency in my heart like never before to GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA! It was almost like someone was whispering inside of me saying, “Hurry hurry! Get off social media and get on your knees and PRAY!” Granted, I’m at work and can’t really get on my knees right there and then, but boy did I want the hours to go by faster so I could rush home to pray!

Well, hours later, the long anticipated time of my freedom finally came. I thought I’d be relieved, in a hurry to get home and do what I’ve been feeling all day. Instead, this overwhelming emotion of frustration and anxiety came over me and lasted the whole drive. I got home and all the strength I had was to fall on my bed. Wrestling to just relax and take a nap, I surrendered to my restlessness ten minutes later and with even more frustration and bit of anger now, I began putting away my laundry. Why was I feeling all of this?!  It wasn’t long before I found myself on my knees praying and crying out to God. Then with tears in my eyes and an overwhelming feeling of anxiety, I whispered, “God, I can’t breathe” I said it about three times and that last time I said it, I stopped in sudden shock and realized those were the last words that Mr. George Floyd cried out.

Selah.

In that moment, I realized the revelation of those words and the attack, not only Mr. Floyd experienced, but the attack myself and perhaps millions of people are feeling right now, “I can’t breathe!” I immediately turned my prayers against the darkness I knew was trying to choke me of my breath and continued to pray the breath of life over our nation and the hurting people.

I find it interesting that the two most controversial topics of our day;  the murder of Mr. George Floyd and Covid-19 both attacked the breath of mankind. As we all know, Covid; a respiratory attack on the lungs and Mr. Floyd, an attack on his very breath of life.

There are people overwhelmed with anxiety screaming from the inside “I can’t breathe!” There are people wearing face masks, who so nonchalantly, and perhaps unaware of how many times they’re uttering the words, “I can’t breathe”, as they pull down their face mask to catch a breath of air. There are people rightfully protesting on the streets holding signs that read, “I can’t breathe!” It’s never been more clear… the breath of life is under attack for everyone. 

In Genesis 2:7 it reads, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and BREATHED into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

In John 20:22 it says, “And when He (Jesus) had said this, He BREATHED on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Oh, God, give my readers eyes to see and ears to hear.

We so desperately need JESUS; the Breath of Life! The God that from the very beginning breathed life into us and we became a living being. The God who’s last action before He ascended was to breathe on the apostles and give them the Spirit of life.

I feel the weight of everything going on right now just like everyone else. I want the answers just like everyone else. I want to do something just like everyone else. Trust me, I have my opinions too. Nonetheless, our opinions won’t change what our prayers can! I feel this urgent need to call ALL YOUNG ADULTS to GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA AND PRAY! Actually take the time to pray! Pastor Kimberly so profoundly shared a prophetic word on a David Generation this past Pentecost weekend. Young people, you are the David Generation that is up and can take these Goliaths down! There are many things vying for your attention right now, especially the media, but don’t give in right now. Instead, let us be like David who cried, “Lord turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things.” Young people, you are the ones  who can change the trajectory of our current events by the power of the Holy Spirit and prayer. You are the ones who can prophesy to these dry bones to LIVE! You are the ones who can breathe the life of Jesus on people who are screaming, “I can’t breathe!”

His word says, “A nation divided against itself cannot stand.” Friends, America is divided like never before and I fear we are on the brink of falling as a nation. GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA and PRAY! This is urgent. This is the ONLY thing that is going to make a REAL difference in our nation right now.

God has given each and every one of us a voice. Yet, so often we misuse this gift of speaking. We live in a day and age where speaking face to face is becoming significantly rare and almost unnecessary. We live in a day and age where most of the conversations are happening in an online colosseum where everyone gets attacked and is looking out for their own survival. His word in Ecclesiastes says, “There is a time to keep silence, and a time to speak” and please hear me when I say this, because I am not against those who are on the streets speaking up against injustice. What I am saying is that God gave us a voice both to speak up and to be silent and I so urgently feel He is asking a remnant of us to be silent on our social media platforms and speak up in prayer-on our knees and in our rooms!

There is no post, comment or repost you can make right now that can change what’s happening. There is no video, news update, or political party agenda that can solve the problems we’re facing. What’s needed now, is for a generation to get on their knees in humility and PRAY.

Don’t be someone who speaks so loud on your media platform yet is so silent in prayer. I hope that for the next 40 days you join me in praying more than scrolling and I challenge you that whatever amount of time you do spend on social media to double it in prayer.

Love you and praying for YOU.

Deuteronomy 9:18 “And I fell down before the Lord as at the first, forty days and forty nights;…” 

Deuteronomy 9:25-26 “Thus I prostrated myself before the Lord, forty days and forty nights I kept prostrating myself, because the Lord has said He would destroy you. Therefore I prayed to the Lord…”

ANGIE BAILON

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