My church does a prayer chain, where people can get word out to the entire church body to ask for immediate prayer, if something urgent happens. They also publish a weekly prayer list in the bulletin. It is a great comfort to know that your church family is lifting you up in prayer and I make a concerted effort to honor the prayer list and prayer chain in my own prayer life. It also serves as a great reminder, as the prayer chain emails come into my inbox throughout the week, to pray ceaselessly.
and I have always viewed “unspoken” prayer requests with at least a small amount
of mirth. I realize that second guessing
someone’s prayer request is incredibly insensitive and probably doesn’t honor
the things scriptures says about the need for and power of our petitions and
praises to the Lord. Nevertheless, it
seems like there ought to be some way for a person to word their request that
is at least somewhat more specific than “unspoken.” Couldn’t they say “encouragement and support
for a person in crisis?” Couldn’t they
say, “healing for a person’s pain?”
Something, anything, nonspecific and anonymous, that gives you more to
go on than, basically, “just pray?”
husband received a prayer chain email on his blackberry, which I hadn’t gotten
yet, because my email isn’t linked to my phone.
He alerted me that it was a prayer chain notice, and I asked what I
should pray for and he said, “There’s two.
[Soandso] needs [suchandsuch], and WildCard.”
I gave him a questioning look and he said, “You know, unspoken.” It gave me a laugh, and I said a prayer, and
we have since had an inside joke about “WildCard” prayer requests. It doesn’t say what they want, so just pick
something and pray about it for them.
Maybe they want the new shoes you’re praying they get, maybe they don’t;
but at least you prayed.
So this week
comes along. I discovered some really tough
truths about my life that I had previously failed to confront in their entirety. I have some major challenges ahead of me, and
it is going to affect my relationships – some in a potentially calamitous way. I can’t talk about it; I can’t give more
detail than that. But I need, I covet, your
apologize to anyone who previously has made an “unspoken” prayer request, for
my callous disregard for your need for privacy and the challenges you were
facing. Like that email, I make two
requests: please pray for my friends and loved ones to have patience with me
and honor the ways that they may notice our relationship changing, and WildCard.
Always be joyful and never stop praying. Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of
Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18