Published on July 26th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Pastor Paula White: Eight Types of Prayer
“And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.” Luke 11:1-4 KJV
Prayer, or communication with God, is crucial to our lives and how we relate to God through Jesus Christ. Prayer is simply communication with God. Let me ask you something. If you quit speaking with your best friend, would that relationship prosper? What about your relationship with your spouse? Relationships need to be cultivated to grow. We do that through communication. Just like relationships with other people, communication with God strengthens your connection to Him. He is always there, and He is always speaking, but we are not always hearing. Prayer keeps you in tune with God’s heart, God’s voice and His direction for your life. As you pray and your connection with God through Jesus Christ begins to grow, your life shifts into a different place as you experience victory and inherit the promises of God. Everything in your life flows out of this one relationship – your relationship to God through Christ Jesus. But HOW do we pray? In our text, even the disciples are asking this question. We all want to know how to pray! The book of James says, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16b). The word “avails” used here means:
“to be strong in body, to be robust, to be in sound health; to have power as shown by extraordinary deeds; to exert, wield power, to have strength to overcome; to be a force; to be serviceable; to be able.”
How do we get to this place? How do we pray effectively so that we “avail” much? How can we pray robustly, so that we have power as shown by extraordinary deeds and be a force to be reckoned with? How can we pray so that we wield the power of Almighty God to move mountains? We need effective prayer! Prayer is communication with God, so let’s talk about communication for a second. Communication itself can be broken down into three phases based on a person’s maturity level:
Baby prayers. No shame here! Just a stage of progress in Christ. Petitions. “I need”
Adolescent prayers. Prayer is developing based on understanding. “I need a bath”
Adult prayer. Prayer conversationalist with Father God. Develops relationship with Christ through prayer.
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” Eph 6:18 KJV
“With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,” Eph 6:18 NASU
There are eight different types of prayer that the Bible specifically references that we’re studying this month. Paul infers in Ephesians 6:18 above that there are different types of prayers. If there weren’t, then he would have simply said, “praying always”. The Bible teaches several kinds of prayer and different laws or principles governing them. In the field of sports, you wouldn’t play basketball with football rules – it wouldn’t work! We will look at the different types of prayer extensively this month explaining practical concepts of “what” you would pray and “when” you would pray it. We’re going to examine and pursue an effective prayer life. Effective prayer is one of the building blocks for a strong spiritual foundation! What are the primary types of Prayer found in the Word?
Prayer of faith. The prayer of petition, or to change things.
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matt 21:22 KJV
Prayer of Consecration. The prayer of dedication, or to be set apart by God for His purposes.
“As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” Acts 13:2 KJV
“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” Luke 22:42 KJV
Prayer of Commitment. The prayer of committing a person, event or circumstance to God; the act of laying that person, event or circumstance aside as a burden that must be released.
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 KJV
Prayer of Worship. The Psalms are full of prayers of worship extolling God.
Prayer in Agreement.
“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:19-20 KJV
Prayer in the Spirit.
“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” 1 Corinthians 14:2 KJV
“For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” 1 Corinthians 14-15 KJV
“And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:23-30 & 31 KJV
“Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Rom 8:34 KJV
“And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. 13If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.”
2 Chronicles 7:12-15
Prayer, or communication with God, is crucial to our lives and how we relate to God through Jesus Christ. Prayer is simply communication with God. Relationships need the cultivation of communication if they are to grow. Just like relationships with other people, communication with God strengthens your connection to Him. Prayer keeps you in tune with God’s heart, voice and direction. As you delve deeper into your prayer life with God, your life transforms into a different creation as victory and the promises of God overtake you. You are an overcomer! Everything in your life flows out of your relationship to God through Christ Jesus! In Jesus’ name, you will pray robustly, so that you have power through the Holy Spirit, followed by extraordinary signs and wonders. You are a force to be reckoned with in the kingdom of God! Stay tuned as we learn this month how we can wield the power of Almighty God to move mountains! You will move in effective prayer in Jesus’ name!