I recently returned from a birthday trip where I truly indulged in the lavish love of God. The elaborate celebration was scheduled so that I would have enough time away to enjoy the beautiful island of St. Kitts, but also so that I would be able to attend an event that my church (All Nations NJ) was hosting called, “Prophetic Invasion.” That weekend, my pastor instructed us to arrive at church in total expectation that we would hear from God. (Remember, “expectation” is my word of the year so I definitely had a whole lot of that stored in my spirit!)
God had already given me a pretty special gift before I arrived at church but of course, I went in with full expectation that He would do something new. I mean, if my Father was in the mood to spoil me, who am I to stop Him, ya know?!
That Friday night, my church spent ten hours in prayer and praise—yes, ten hours! (I was proud of myself for staying up!) The prayers were so powerful and when we got to the midnight hour, I had to find a corner in the sanctuary to kneel and weep as my pastor and worship team led us into my go-to songs that overwhelm me with gratitude. One after the other, I was singing my heart out until the keys for “Goodness of God” played and I broke. Oh, how I needed that expression of worship and to release those tears! I was hoping for an encounter and I met God on my knees.
We also received great teaching from our visiting speaker, Pastor Kingsley George Adjei Agyeman. The Lord spoke through him and many of my brothers and sisters received life-changing prophetic words—it was a powerful display of God’s wonder and might. We ended the night singing and dancing but I picked up on a distinct and underlying presence of discouragement in the room. No, it wasn’t just tiredness. Many felt let down that they didn’t experience God in the way they expected.
Can you blame them? Have you ever been in a room full of people and you felt small? It’s even worse when the room is the house of God and you feel like He just passed you by. It’s a dangerous thing when you’ve anticipated a blessing only to get there and see other’s receive their promises and there’s nothing in your own hands.
Have you ever been in a room full of people and you felt small? It’s even worse when the room is the house of God and you feel like He just passed you by.
The enemy will tell you there’s no point of serving God the way you do. He’ll try to convince you that others are more important than you. In fact, he’ll suggest you don’t even matter. You will feel like your call is too small to be addressed. I mean, if it was—you would’ve felt seen in that moment, right?
I’ve Been There, Too
I may not have experienced those thoughts and feelings that night but I’ve been there quite a few times before. A couple of years ago, I learned how to overcome that place of feeling overlooked by God. It comes with this simple but profound acknowledgement: “Lord, I know You see me.”
It also comes with applying pressure; this is done through prayer. After I rested post-prayer night, I woke up feeling off and I knew I had to address this in prayer right away. As I was creating my prayer points, I realized that I wasn’t preparing this for myself but for my church…and ultimately, to you. The church, the body of God.
I wrote to my church’s group chat saying, “Sending you some encouragement and prayers your way as I’m sure the enemy would like for you to feel small, overlooked, and/or even intentionally passed over after our powerful 10 hour prayer session! He would like for you to feel as if you have not heard from God. But it’s a lie—you have heard and your heart of expectation is not hopeless. Even in a sea of people, you are known, seen, and loved by God.”
I hope you receive this encouragement for yourself! You have heard from God. Your heart of expectation is not hopeless. Even in a sea of people, you are known, seen, and loved by God. Also, please note this: a prophetic word doesn’t need to be public for proof that the Lord has spoken.
Prayers for When You Feel Overlooked or Unseen:
Now, let’s get to these prayer points. Declare this over yourself whenever you feel overlooked, passed over, unseen, and/or insignificant. Start to believe the very opposite of those negative feelings with these scriptures:
Point 1: God’s promises over me are sure.
- Jeremiah 29:11 | “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
- 2 Corinthians 1:20 | “For however many promises God has made, they all find their “Yes” in connection with him; that is why it is through him that we say the “Amen” when we give glory to God.”
- Numbers 23:19 NASB | “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
Point 2: God sees me.
- Genesis 16:13 | (Story of Hagar) “So she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”
Point 3: God is with me.
- Isaiah 7:13-14 | “Then Isaiah said, ‘Listen well, you royal family of David! Isn’t it enough to exhaust human patience? Must you exhaust the patience of my God as well? All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).”
- Deuteronomy 31:6 | “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Point 4: I am NOT small.
- Ephesians 2:10 | “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
- Psalm 139:13-14 | “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
- John 13:16 | “Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.”
- Romans 2:11 | “God shows no partiality.”
Point 5: Be happy for others!!!
- Romans 12:10 | “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
- Colossians 3:14 | “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
- Romans 12:15 | “Rejoice with those who rejoice.”
- 1 Cor. 12:26 | “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”
- Philippians 2:3 | “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
- Malachi 2:10 | “Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?”
Point 6: Stay expectant.
- Matthew 7:7-8 TPT | “”Ask, and the gift is yours. Seek, and you’ll discover. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. For every persistent one will get what he asks for. Every persistent seeker will discover what he longs for. And everyone who knocks persistently will one day find an open door.”
- Psalms 145:15-16 | “All eyes are on you, expectant; you give them their meals on time. Generous to a fault, you lavish your favor on all creatures. Everything God does is right—the trademark on all his works is love.
- Psalm 27:13 | “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
Point 7: Remain soft.
- Ezekiel 11:19 NLT | “And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart…”
- Jeremiah 24:7 ESV | “I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.”
- Psalm 51:10 ESV | “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
- Proverbs 4:23 ESV | “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”
- Psalm 19:14 ESV | “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
- Ephesians 4:2 NIV | “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
Point 8: Express confidence and gratitude that the Holy Spirit speaks for you.
- Romans 8:26 NLT | “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.”
- Romans 15:13 AMP | “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.”
- John 14: 26 NIV | “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
- 2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV | “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
God is Always Looking for Unique Ways to Express His Love to You
When I finished writing these prayer points, a thought occurred. Perhaps, part of the reason I didn’t receive a public prophetic word that night was so that I could put into words what you’re feeling. My heart flooded with gratitude as I thanked God for using me through our related experience and encouraging you in this precious way.
As you meditate on these scriptures, trust that God has already shared what you need to know and will reveal more to you in His appointed time. He will always meet with you where you are so long as you keep seeking His heart and not His hand.
Like I shared with my church, the “prophetic invasion” didn’t end after 10 hours of prayer, nor will it end tomorrow or the next day. Your personal prophetic invasion happens continuously in your secret place. Meet with your Father and trust you will indeed hear from Him there.