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Nine Types of Prayer
(All scripture is from the King James version of the Holy Bible)
Prayer is not a complicated thing to do. Nor is it a complicated thing to understand. The simple definition of prayer is, "conversation with God." Prayer does not need to be elaborate, it just needs to be a simple exchange of information; an exchange coming from your heart going to God's ear.
The Bible speaks of nine different types of prayer. Each one named and demonstrated individually in the pages of the Bible. Each one is designed for a specific situation and for a specific set of circumstances.
Nine Types of Prayer
The Bible tells us quite clearly that there are nine types of prayer.
- The Prayer of Faith: Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:23-24
- The Prayer of Consecration: Luke 22:42
- The Prayer of Commitment: 1Peter 5:7
- The Prayer of Worship & Praise: Acts 13:1-4; Luke 24:52-53
- The Prayer of Agreement: Matthew 18:18-20
- The Prayer in the Spirit: 1 Corinthians 14:14-15
- The Prayer of Binding and Loosing: Matthew 18:18-19
- The Prayer of Supplication or Petition: Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6
- The Prayer of Intercession: Ezekiel 22:30-31
Each type of prayer has a specific "rule" or set of principles that governs it. Effective prayer is a result of following these principles.
Isn't General Prayer Enough?
When all that we know is general prayer, then general prayer has to be enough. But, praying without a form or the knowledge of "how to pray" is like trying to hit a target on the side of the barn with your eyes closed. You might hit it or, you might not. General prayer might get an answer, and it might not.
God is merciful and, millions of hearts crying out to God in general prayer, are heard in Heaven, and answered. But, if you will be really honest, you will have to agree that when we pray a general prayer, we are praying more in hope than in faith, because, we don't know the will of God concerning our, "happening to us now" situation.
Quite a bit of general prayer is prayed with fingers crossed, hoping; not sure of God's will. Specific prayer is prayed in boldness and full confidence of being answered, because, it is always prayed according to the will of God.
What Did Jesus Say?
General prayer is functional, open-ended, and it will reach God, simply because God hears all prayer. But, as we study the Word, we see that specific prayer is possible, and, it is effective. Also, it seems that being specific, as we pray, is what Jesus asks us to do.
"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you", (John 15:16) . And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give [it] you.(John 16:23)
The Word, "Whatsoever", is Specific
The word "whatsoever ", is all inclusive, it has no boundaries, or limitations. Does that mean that I should pray like this, "Father I ask you for whatsoever, in Jesus' name, amen." Is that how I should pray??? no, of course not.
In the quoted scripture the word "whatsoever" acts as a pronoun. A pronoun takes the place of a noun. A noun is a person, place or thing. So, when I pray, I need to put a "something" in the place of "whatsoever". I need to be specific.
(note: it says whatsoever, not whosoever. you can pray for people, but you cannot impose your will on people. - that is witchcraft)
Another confirmng scripture is this: "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts." (James 4:3). This scripture speaks to the motive of prayer, but it also indicates that there is a way to ask, and, a reason why we don't receive.
When we pray, we want to be effective. We don't want wonder or hope we were heard. We want to know that we were heard, and to know that our prayer will be answered. And we certainly want to stop giving lame excuses for praying powerless prayers.
Of the 9 types of prayer, there is only one that we pray without knowing the will of God. That prayer is the prayer of consecration. The prayer of consecration is prayed when you give yourself over to God. It is prayed when you separate yourself for the service of the Lord, and are willing to accept His will, His plan and his purpose for your life. It is a "thy will" be done, and a "my will" be done prayer.
This is the only prayer where the will of God may not be clear. This prayer, , has to do with your personal separation unto God. It is the prayer that your pray when you are seeking to His will for your life. This is the prayer in which we commonly interject the phrase, "if it be thy will".
Prayer... Our Primary Weapon
The battle between good and evil is ever raging. It will not cease until the fullness of time. The Christian Believer is be default also in constant spiritual warfare. In a natural war, the warrior has an arsenal of weapons which are given to them by their commander. Natural warriors become familiar with their weapons because they understand that those weapons and they way they are used may be the difference between life and death on the battlefield.
The same holds true with spiritual warfare. Our commander, (almighty God), has given us an arsenal of weapons. Through His Word we learn teaches how to become more and more skilled in the use of our weapons.
Prayer is at the top of the primary weapons list... let us learn how use it with great skill.
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