Have you ever prayed without words? I do it all the time.
At times I think about difficult people and ask God how to pray for them. Sometimes I picture them succeeding, or in my mind I hum a worship song over them.
The other night as I was going to sleep, I pictured a woman at work who has been very negative with me. Instead of praying for her freedom with words, I pictured her praying to God and opening up a hardened heart to Him. In my mind’s eye I saw her allowing Him into the pain in her life. I pictured the walls around her heart dissolving and God’s love pouring in. Then I pictured her talking on the phone with a friend about her newfound relationship with God.
Do I think she would approve of me praying for her like that? No way! But thinking about that made me pray even more, and laugh about it. (Not derisive laughter, but one of joy.) She doesn’t get to define who my enemies are – I do. And I have resolved to have none.
I pulled up in front of work and prayed out loud before I entered the building. I prayed for God to bless areas of her life using this acronym for those areas – BLESS: Body Labor Emotions Soul Spirit. I pictured her succeeding and taking off in each area.
I walked into the building. To my surprise, about three minutes later, that woman passed me in a hallway, looked up and smiled at me. She greeted me by name and warmly said that she was glad to see me. I did a double take. I said hello, and continued down the crowded hallway. Suddenly, I began to laugh with joy at her friendly greeting. Sometimes God gives us immediate answers to prayer and this one was unexpected – but showed that God is always faithful!