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The Unseen Church Is Praying Today

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The Unseen Church Is Praying Today

There have been a lot of loud voices lately.

Angry and persistent voices.

Political and religious voices.

Because of their volume and persistence, it seems like there are more of them than there actually are.

But underneath it all, there is a much larger majority of God’s people who are not silent, but they aren’t loud, either.

Today, they aren’t yelling, they’re praying.

Quiet, But Not Silent

They aren’t fearful, but they are concerned.

You don’t hear from them, but that doesn’t mean they’re silent.

They gather in small, unseen churches and in small groups from big churches. In homes and neighborhoods.

They believe that doing the work is more important than making a lot of noise.

Praying For Better

Their lack of volume does not mean a lack of passion.

Their lack of visibility does not mean a lack of effectiveness.

They believe working quietly is more effective than yelling loudly.

Compassion is stronger than anger.

Love is bigger than hate.

Unity does not require uniformity.

Faith is stronger than fear.

Justice is better than violence.

Mercy is more powerful than victory.

Serving is more essential than leading.

Praying Today And Every Day

The unseen church is praying today.

Not because of an election. But because that’s what they do every day.

Whether we see it or not – whether we see them or not – their prayers make a greater difference than all the noise ever will.

They know that prayer is the glue that holds us together.

The hope that seeps in through the broken parts.

The light that overcomes the darkness.

Staying And Praying

After all the big decisions have been made and the loud voices move along to the next big issue, their prayers will keep on going.



And the day after that.





And effective.

You may never see them.

But they’re here. And they’re not going away.

This article originally appeared here.

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Karl is the author of four books and has been in pastoral ministry for almost 40 years. He is the teaching pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, a healthy small church in Orange County, California, where he has ministered for over 27 years with his wife, Shelley. Karl’s heart is to help pastors of small churches find the resources to lead well and to capitalize on the unique advantages that come with pastoring a small church. Karl produces resources for Helping Small Churches Thrive at KarlVaters.com, and has created S.P.A.R.K. Online (Small-Church Pastors Adapt & Recover Kit), which is updated regularly with new resources to help small churches deal with issues related to the COVID-19 crisis and aftermath.