We’ve all been there: it’s towards the end of small group, and the leader asks if there are any prayer requests. One lady asks for healing for her sick child, another asks for wisdom about a situation at work, and then the room gets quiet. “Well, I have something. It’s sort of an unspoken request. I am not at liberty to share any details, but please be in prayer for a dear friend. I won’t share their name, as I think some of you might know who I’m talking about. God knows the specifics.”
We’ve all experienced the infamous “unspoken” prayer request. You may have even been the one asking for prayers about your unspoken request – I know I’m guilty of this from time to time. And I get it, I really do. Life is messy, and sometimes you feel like your problems involve a lot of other people, and it isn’t your job to share their private struggles, even when it effects you. Here are a few things to consider before sharing an unspoken request:
Ultimately, it’s a personal decision. I’m not here to tell you to never ask for prayer on an unspoken request. Again, life is messy, time is short, and God really truly does know the details. I would encourage you to push past the pain and awkwardness and find a group of Christians who you can share everything with, and who trust you enough to share with you as well.