I had the privilege to sit around a table today with a group of friends. Each one of us shared a specific prayer request or two. Divinely, we were lead together for such a time as this. I believe that with all my heart.
So today I knew specifically how to pray for my friends. My friends know now specifically how to pray for me so we have confidence that each one is praying according to that need. However, there are times when someone just says, “pray for me”. Typically, the question we ask is, “how may I pray for you?” There are times when we randomly log onto Facebook or Twitter and we see a friend, an acquaintance, a total stranger posting on one of the many pages we like, asking for prayer. Because it is such a public gathering, people generally do not offer much information. So what about those times?
How are we to pray?
Will our prayers be answered?
What if we pray the wrong prayer or we pray for their husband to be nice but we find out later that it was the family’s pet that passed away and out of grief she chose not to share the need at that time. What then?
These questions have been swirling in my head but my heart has reminded me that God is God and He leads me when I pray.
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
Because I belong to Him, He has filled me with His Spirit and I do not pray on my own.
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever: the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”
Lastly, answered prayer does not rest on my shoulders so I do not need to know the details. All I need to know is that God knows the beginning from the end; He sees all and He knows all. Yes, receiving details from the requester, does help “us” to pray but the reality is God already knows. He is just looking for a willing vessel to come to Him on behalf of the one in need.
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He heras us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
1 John 5:14&15