This has always been a pet peeve of mine: someone, a pastor or an elder or even a layperson asks for prayer for an individual whose name isn’t identified, but refuses to give details so that we know what we know what kind of situation we are being asked to offer up to God in prayer.
I can well understand wanting to not give identifying details, but I’m not going to pray for someone when I know nothing whatsoever about their struggle; e.g. “There’s this individual in our congregation who is going through a certain struggle; please pray for them.”
What kind of struggle? Don’t need many details, but I ain’t praying for someone without knowing the jist of why they need prayer.
But increasingly, people solicit prayers for anonymous people without evening specifying anything whatsoever about their need.
If it isn’t worth telling me something, even the smallest detail, it isn’t worth my praying for, is my take.
It’s not because I crave to know gossip, or want to know others’ private business – but if you’re gonna ask me to pray, I just need to know why, roughly.
Then I can put my head and heart into the prayer; without knowing a single thing, I can’t do either.