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Importance of Prayer in Christianity and how to pray the 5 different ways

Updated on June 27, 2012

Communication with our Almighy God

Prayer is essential in the life of a believer. Grudem describes is as being personal communication with our Almighty Creator. Since God is relational, communication with him needs to be present in order to fully embrace Christianity at its finest.

There exist multiple kinds of prayer, ranging from thanking and loving God to praying for others. Christians need to understand the different types of prayer and the importance of each because it stimulates a growing trust in God, and therefore makes the individual a stronger Christian.

Don't make excuses

Many times, the lifestyle and habits for Christians today can be a hindrance towards prayer. Unfortunately, laziness is a major reason believers in Christ put off praying. Scores of Christians cannot seem to realize that prayer actually does not require a big deal of energy. Just the thought of taking time out to pray must seem like a hassle to many.

Another hindrance is just the fact of not having a set time to pray . Although it is not 100% necessary to do this, creating a schedule will greatly increase the chances of remembering to pray. Not creating a schedule goes hand in hand with time constraints. A large amount of people nowadays cannot find the time to pray, but when those people do find time, they are too tired or not in the mood. Prayer can be done anywhere at any time, and should be done in order to please God.

God delights in prayer and wants us to pray to Him relentlessly. God desires for Christians to pray because it helps to build up the believers trust in Him. Once the trust is developed, reliance will shift from self to God. Further communicating with God will make the believer closer with Him.

The true meaning of Christianity, having a relationship with God, is what the praying Christian will experience. Lastly, it allows Christians to give all the glory to Him (Grudem 159). God created everything out of nothing, and He deserves nothing less than everything from Christians.

Prayer of Adoration

Of the five different types of prayer, the prayer of adoration is probably the most important. The prayer of adoration is saying to God, “God, I love you”. Christianity is based on faith, and without faith it is impossible to develop a relationship with Him. Developing that trust and faith in God is the key ingredient to living a full Christian life. Not only is it important to tell God of the love for Him, but it is also important to thank Him.

Prayer of Thankfulness

Thanking God is next in line of importance when praying. When asked to think of everything that a person is thankful for, not many things come to mind. We can never thank God for too many things. God never gets tired of getting thanked. Often the phrase, “count your blessings” is used to describe the inability to know them all. When thanking God, Christians need to remember to thank Him not only for the good things, but the trials and hardships.

God puts hard times in Christian’s lives in order to better their relationship with Him, and in doing so make them stronger individuals. But in the end, it is the individual’s choice whether or not to turn the trial into a positive step towards God or a backwards leap away from Him.

Prayer of confession

The prayer of confession is also important in order to straighten out issues and to begin the healing process in relationships. Some of the three hardest words to say are,”I am sorry”. When two people are in a quarrel, the fight is almost never resolved until one party admits their apologies and says the three words above.

The ability to throw away pride and admit the three words above can and will lead to better relationships with everyone. God is the exact same with prayer. Christians should repent for everything that is clearly not allowed by God’s law. Doing so will lead to a much better relationship with God and a much better conscience. But the important thing to remember is that the focus is on asking forgiveness from God and not fixating on the sins only.

Prayer of Intercession

The prayer of intercession is one that most Christians forget about because intercession is praying for other people. Most people tend to not think of other people. Christians consume much of their time with things for themselves. This is the time when Christians would ask God to help or intervene in the lives of other people.

When praying this prayer, one must be aware about the situation of the people, and the must pray in accordance with God’s will. Another addition that goes along with the prayer of intercession is to forgive others. If Christians do not forgive others transgressions, then the relationship with God will be interrupted and halted. Not forgiving others trespasses is just going to be s stumbling block, even though it may not seem like it.

Prayer of Petition

The fifth type of prayer is the prayer of petition. The prayer of petition is what many Christians believe prayer is for. The prayer of petition is the prayer where Christian’s ask God for needs and wants. Although this is necessary, the way each want is put must be phrased correctly. For example, instead of asking for the memorizing of a poem to magically happen, the situation should be handled differently. Rather, the Christian student should ask for the wisdom of God to fully embrace them so that the memorization might come much easier. With God everything is much easier.

There's more than one way to do it

Not only are their different types of pray, but there are different ways to pray. A very important thing to remember is to pray according to the will of God. Although it is difficult sometimes to determine what the will of God is, the Bible can always give us a clue to what it might be. For something that is clearly stated in the Commandments, it is easy to follow. But for things that are not explicitly explained in the Bible, it is a little harder to determine the will of God.

The best way to approach this is to read the Bible to figure out the best solution. Without having at least a general understanding of God’s Word, it is very difficult to determine the will of God. Whenever praying, think about the word usage. Paying attention to the word usage will really affect how Christians pray. If Christians paid that much attention to their prayers and how the words are articulated, the better the relationship with Christ will be, and the better Christians they will be.

Wrapping it all together

Praying is definitely vital in every Christian’s life. Without prayer, a Christian’s life will become dry and ineffective. Once everyone realizes this truth, the world might undergo a serious revival. Prayer is communicating with God, and because God is a relational God, prayer is possibly the most important thing for becoming and remaining a Christian.


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      Gbenro Balogun 2 years ago

      Without prayer it will be dificult for a Christian to survive in this rough and tough life that is full of wickedness and unrighteuosness, Prayer means survival, prayer means life, prayer brings fulfilment. Prayer makes the man and the woman of God.

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      whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

      Prayers of Christians are a vital part of every day. I say my prayers in morning and in the evening at bedtime. This has great meaning in my life and gives me comfort in that our creator will listen and give to each his guardian angels to watch over us all. .whonu

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      This is just beautiful! I so very much appreciate the time you have spent writing this. I know now the other ways to pray. I constantly do 2 of the 5 currently. I will be sure to add the ones I have missed. My prayer life and relationship with God has greatly improved. Thank goodnes I was led here to learn more! Up, shared and thank you! Blessings. :)

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      Lawrence Hebb 3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Really good Hub on the subject. Personally I always think what one of the early pentecostal preachers in England used to say about Prayer. Smith Wigglesworth used to say "I never spend more than half an hour in prayer, but I also never spend more than half an hour without prayer!" Not there yet but this hub was a reminder that my Heavenly Father loves for me to spend time with him THANKS

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      Omweri Zachary 3 years ago

      I thank God for you for this informative piece. May He give you energy to add more Christian materials. And may our christian life be strengthened through such as well as reaching out to those already in need of knowing Christ. Have most assuredly gained a lot more in my Christian life from this material. Be blessed Chasemills.

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      MY AMOS 3 years ago

      I am enlightened by your article,may the Almighty God strengthened you you in Jesus name Amen.

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      Ife Akiboye 3 years ago

      I agree with everything that has been said I really believe God is a all powerful knowing God :)

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      SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

      When Christ prayed on the mount of olives, He asked our Father to take the cup of death away, but only if it is His will. Christ desired that this cup be taken, but it was the will of His Father that He desired most. When we pray, we should do so with the desire of God's will. We should be thankful as well with all the blessings and tribulations handed down to us, but never forget to desire the will of our Father in prayer. Christ is the guiding example as to how we should pray to our Father.

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      angel 4 years ago

      dear god thank you for blessing to us give us today bread and for give us our sins as we for give those sins as do not bring as to the test but the live us from evel amen

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      Peter 4 years ago

      Very informative and makes a lot of sense.

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      Rachel 4 years ago

      Thank you so much! I learned a lot and am trying to incorporate more time. Especially praying for others instead of myself. Amen.

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      Clifford Cuffy 5 years ago

      Excellent presentation, may the good Lord bless you with greater insight into His word

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      ThussaysNanaMarie 5 years ago from In my oyster

      Beautiful hub! Thanks for taking the trouble to write this. Prayer can be done anywhere, at anytime and said from the heart.

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      chasemillis 5 years ago

      Thanks for the comments everyone! I glad this has helped you guys out a little bit!

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      hehehe :D 5 years ago

      Praying is fun

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      Philile 5 years ago

      thankx 4emphasing on prayer, and for stating the types of prayer. Reading your article has changed the way i pray 2God.

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      Hope B 5 years ago

      Thanks for explaining the different kinds of prayer and the importance of each one. I especially liked the part about praying in God's will and the necessity of forgiving others in order to be able to pray in God's will. It is truly hard sometimes to pray for someone who has wounded us, but I am beginning to understand the importance of doing so. Also, sometimes when I truly don't know what God's will is, I find it helpful to pray that He would show me through the Bible or through advice from a friend or in some other way. Then I try to stay alert to His leading.

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      JC Auckland 6 years ago

      You know for some of us prayer is never easy. Liturgy ad prayer books are great in such cases. Meditation and lectio divina are great too. I think the hardest thing is that you need to be quiet inside before you can hear the still small voice of God. Many of us are not naturally finetuned to hear Him and life throws too many distractions at us. I usually benefit greatly from TV abstinence during Lent! Thank goodness God is far more patien that we are.

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      PlanksandNails 6 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      Prayer is very important.

      I we think of prayer as having a relationship with Jesus Christ because His Spirit is within us wherever we go. No matter where you are and what you are doing He is always available. A scheduled meeting is an acknowledgement at a certain time, but a continual relationship is keeping in contact as much as possible. A marriage is only as good as the communication between the two; therefore, how often we communicate with Jesus Christ will determine how deep our relationship is with Him and our understanding of His ways vs.ours.

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      chasemillis 6 years ago

      Thanks for the comment HattieMattieMae! I know it really is amazing how much God can change our lives sometimes!

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      HattieMattieMae 6 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      Love your hub on prayer:) It is a wonderful thing and have watched prayers be answered in so many ways! :)