When we pray for others the Spirit of God works in the unconscious domain of their beings that we know nothing about, and the one we are praying for knows nothing about, but after the passing of time the conscious life of the one prayed for begins to show signs of unrest and disquiet.  We may have spoken until we are worn out, but have never come anywhere near, and we have given up in despair.  But if we have been praying, we find on meeting one day that there is the beginning of a softening in a enquiry and a desire to know something.  It is that kind of intercession that does most damage to Satan’s kingdom.  It is so slight, so feeble in its initial stages, that if reason is not wedded to the light of the Holy Spirit, we will never obey it.  And yet it is that kind of intercession that the New Testament places most emphasis on, though it has so little to show for it.  It seems stupid to think that we can pray and all that will happen, but remember to Whom we pray.  We pray to a God Who understands the unconscious depths of personality about which we know nothing, and He has told us to pray.  —Oswald Chambers  (If Ye Shall Ask)  {emphasis mine}


“…for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts…”  1 Chronicles 28:9

“…pray without ceasing…”  1 Thessalonians 5:17