I love the idea of unseen prayers. There is something very powerful about them. I am thinking about that this morning as I recall Sunday night’s powerful Illustrated Sermon that our church does almost every year. It’s called “Trick or Treat” and it’s about the tricks—the lies—the devil tries to deceive us with. It is one of those in-your-face messages.
I was in charge of one of the prayer rooms. After the altar call, our pastor invites those who have responded to the message to come back into a prayer room. There they receive a free booklet and will have a counselor available to pray with them.
My job is to make sure everyone gets a counselor and that they get the materials they need. I just kind of oversee the room.
But the most important job I do is pray. I pray backstage, while I watch it on the screen. But I am not the only one. Those who are in the Illustrated Sermon are praying, too, when they aren’t on stage. The backstage crew is praying. The pastors are praying. There are even some people who don’t have any part in it, yet they are praying.
I believe some of the most powerful prayers are those that are unseen. Matthew 6:6 says, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
There is not only a physical room you can enter when you pray but there is a secret room within your heart that you can enter. You don’t have to cry out loudly or in any way draw attention to yourself. You can be praying and no one may even know. But those are some really powerful prayers. They are intimate prayers between you and the One who can answer them.
Never underestimate the power of unseen prayers.