I often hear friends ask for details of a situation so they will know how to pray for a specific person. Must we know details to pray for another person? I think not because of specific scriptures in Matthew 6 and Romans 8.
Matthew 6:7-8 7 “When you pray, don’t pour out a flood of empty words, as the Gentiles do. They think that by saying many words they’ll be heard. 8 Don’t be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask. (emphasis added)
These words of Jesus explain that we do not need to use many lofty words to impress others or God. Jesus tells us that God knows the need before we ask. However, He does want us to show our dependence on Him by asking for His divine intervention and guidance.
Often, I do not know the specific need of someone who needs intercessory prayer; I just know they need God’s intervention. God knows their needs better than I could ever know them.
26 In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans. Romans 8:26 NLT
This method of prayer trusts the Holy Spirit to participate in our prayers. This verse provides great comfort as we pray, knowing that the Holy Spirit will intervene in our prayers.
Persistence is also a necessary element of prayer as demonstrated in Luke 11:5-8 following Christ’s example of the Lord’s Prayer.
5 And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? 8 I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. NLT
Jesus goes on to say in verse 13 that our Heavenly Father will respond to our persistent pleas.
13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” NLT
Our persistence to the Lord in prayer will bring results, though God’s timing is not our timing. The answers to our prayer may not come as we would expect or ask. The Almighty Father often has a better answer for us than we could ever imagine. He has amazed me so many times on His answers and the timing of them!
May you find blessing as you experiment with this new method of prayer. God changes our hearts and minds through prayer. I pray you allow Him this miracle as you begin this new prayer journey.