Lately, I have been hearing people talk about an “unspoken prayer.” They say “I need prayer on an unspoken thing.” The more and more I hear that request, the more I do not agree with it. Why? What is wrong with getting prayer for a matter you don’t want people to know about? Great question, I’m glad you asked.
You Don’t Trust the People You Are Asking for Prayer From
If you don’t want the people to know what is going on, you don’t Trust them. So why have them pray for you? Is it because people feel they that the more people they can have pray the better? I can see that possibility. But it still comes back to that person not being able to trust the people they want prayer from. This notion of an unspoken prayer request sounds good, but is it scriptural? NO!!! James 5:13-16 says “Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” This is not an unspoken prayer. Instead, it says to confess our sins one to another and pray for another, a confession is revealing to another person.
God is a God of Specifics
Luke 12:7 says “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” Now that is specific. God is a God of the specifics. When people went to Jesus for prayer, He often asked them, what can I do for you, what do you want. None of them said Jesus it is just and unspoken, don’t ask just pray. No they were specific, “Lord, I want to regain my sight.” Luke 18:35-43 shows this in even more detail stating that “As Jesus was approaching Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging. Now hearing a crowd going by, he began to inquire what this was. They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he called out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came near, He questioned him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And he said, “Lord, I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him,“Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.” We see that Bartimaeus, a blind man, cried out to Jesus for help. Jesus wanted the specifics, not an unspoken. Because the man was specific he received what he asked for. An unspoken is like shooting with a blind fold on expecting to hit a target.
If You Cannot Trust People with the Spoken Maybe You Should Not Ask Them to Pray
Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.” One of the biggest ploys the enemy uses is to get people to keep things to themselves and not release things by sharing it with others. Matthew 18:19-20 “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” This sounds pretty specific to me. You must know what to pray about in order to come into agreement about that it. The unspoken prayer request does a disservice to the person making the request, we cannot come together and attack the enemy or come against the enemies attacks in a specific area, location, or matter. No General sends his troops to eliminate an unknown target or accomplish an unknown goal and just hope they kill the enemy or stop his plans. So we must stop making this lousy request. It is dumb. If you don’t trust the people enough to let them know what to pray about then find somebody you do trust. Remember that Bible says wh
ere two or more gather together agreeing on anything… The more specific we are in spiritual battle the more effective we become.
Philippians 5:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Prayer is powerful and such a powerful weapon needs direction, it needs a target.