For several years now, I have had the privilege of serving the Lord in the capacity of Senior pastor. It has been my honor to serve Christ by serving others. I have been entrusted with the responsibility of caring for God’s people and his business on planet earth.
I have been involved in numerous multi-facetted building projects, church relocations, and new church plants in the US and around the world. I have partnered with others as we have developed many church programs and events. We have aided in the salvation of literally hundreds of thousands of souls all over the world. Millions upon millions of dollars have flowed through the ministry God has trusted me with.
But, quite possibly, the most important thing that has been entrusted to me are the prayer request cards I pray over every week.
Every week, our congregation fills out connection cards. On the back is a place for prayer requests. One of our assistant pastors collects them and gives them to me. I then begin praying for them.
There are weeks that it does not take long to pray over the requests, but some weeks it takes at least two hours. And then there are times that I have to divide the cards and pray an hour at a time for multiple days.
It is very humbling to think that people would trust me to pray for them.
Prayer requests often reveal where people’s minds are. When I read the cards, I see into the lives of the people I am preaching to. We really are a people with a lot on our hearts.
Over the years I have seen, in prayer meetings, people raise their hands for prayer. When called upon to share their request they have said, ‘Unspoken.’
When I was young and foolish I would think, ‘Why raise your hand if you are not going to tell us what it is?’
I don’t think that now.
When I hear or read the word unspoken, my heart aches. The heart behind the word unspoken is heavy. The spirit behind the word unspoken is almost broke, if not already broken.
The word unspoken speaks as loud, if not louder, than all the details ever shared in other prayer requests.
I am convinced that God especially hears the unspoken. When we have no words but only emotion, when we have only groaning for expression, when our heart is so heavy and our strength is so exhausted, when all we can do concerning the issue is muster enough faith to write unspoken, then we are ready for God to move.
When God answers the unspoken, only He knows, therefore, only He gets glory.
Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
Rom 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Rom 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
God bless the unspoken.
TERRI LITTLEFIELDAugust 11, 2017 at 12:22 am
Thank you Pastor for your faithful prayers, it does not go unappreciated. YOUR ARE A VERY LOVING PASTOR, THANK YOU
Brenda WalkerAugust 11, 2017 at 12:31 am
I am so very grateful that the Lord hears and answers these unspoken requests. There have been times, not only in church, but even in my personal prayer time, that I don’t even have the words to pray and I have to simply ask the Holy Spirit to ask God for what I need. I’m glad He knows, even when I can’t speak.