Of late the topic of unspoken prayer requests have come up, is it biblical? Are we in danger of agreeing in cooperate prayer over something that is not of God? Should we practice this? Well it is time for me to weigh in on the subject. First, I am ecstatic that we are discussing how we should pray and seeking scriptures regarding such issues. According to scripture iron sharpens iron and therefore we grow when we seek and share. I have not found in the Bible where unspoken prayer request is practiced; however, I do not believe that it is a forbidden. I do believe there is some responsibility on the person praying to place the situation directly in God's hands and pray for God's will to be done. We as the body of Christ would not want to be praying for something that is not of God. For example, let us say someone asks for an unspoken prayer request and it is in regards to a relationship. Let us say the relationship is sinful and the request will result in the person continuing in sin. If we blindly pray for the request, we are cooperatively praying for sinful activity. However, I think this can be handled in how we pray for the unspoken prayer request. Obviously, how we pray is important or Jesus would not have said in Matthew 6:9, "In this manner, therefore, pray:..." We can very powerfully pray for someone in the above situation by simply praying for God's will to be done in their life. If it is a sinful relationship, obviously it will be outside the will of God and thus our prayers will be according to the will of God and will not be agreeing with the unspoken request.
1 John 5:14-15 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
If we ask according to His will He hears us. I believe that if we pray that God's will be done in a situation that God will hear us and will work in the lives of our brothers and sisters. If they are asking something outside of the will of God and we pray the will of God be done in their life we are actually not agreeing with them in prayer we are praying the opposite. If they are praying for something that is in the will of God then we are agreeing with them in prayer but not because of their wishes and desires but because of God's will.
So we certainly should be purposeful when we pray over unspoken prayer request and make sure we are praying that God's will be done. I will accept unspoken prayer request and I will pray with all my heart that God's will be done in the lives of those requesting such prayers.
I would add that I understand that there are times when certain details and information just cannot be shared openly, but there is a need to be prayed for and a desire to be washed in prayer by our brothers and sisters in Christ. However, please understand the importance of you being specific and open with God regarding your needs and desires. We all need a group of prayer warriors that we trust and love and know that we can share with them and they will pray and seek God with us. Identify those individuals in your life and pray with them as well. Be open and specific as you seek their partnership in prayer. I believe that both prayers are important and both can be edifying in your walk with Christ.
James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
The effective, fervent pray of a righteous man avails much, identify that group in your life and pray with them and allow God to work in and through His soldiers to accomplish much in your life.
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