“ Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority,”1 Tim 2:1-2
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. … and always keep on praying for all the saints.”Eph 6:18
Many people don’t even realize there are different kinds of prayer. But according to these verses, God encourages us to utilize various types of prayer. An understanding of the various kinds of prayer will give us a wider range of tools for our walk of intimacy with the Lord and the advancement of His Kingdom, as well as our warfare against the adversary.
Different types of prayer include:
- Praise – Thanksgiving –Adoration
We praise Him because He is worthy. We thank Him because of His goodness. And when we do, we regain our perspective. Praise, thanksgiving and adoration are perfect starting places for all prayer.
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Ps 100:4
“And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God.” Luke 24:52-53
Confession is made when we face ourselves and face God with what we find. Confession is the only real solution to guilt and shame. It is admitting to God what He already knows about us.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1: 9
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16
Prayers of surrender and consecration are done by yielding to His Lordship and devoting ourselves to His Kingdom. It is saying “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done”
“He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Matt 26:39
Prayers of petition and supplication are simply asking God for what we need.
“Ask, and it will be given to you… how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matt 7:7,11
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” Phil 4:6
“Yet you do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2
Prayers of petition but on behalf of another rather than yourself.
“Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor;” Isa 59:15-16
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Gal 6:2
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority,” 1 Tim 2:1-2
Prayers of emotion-filled desperation.
“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” Heb 5:7
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Rom 8:26
- Praying in the Spirit (in tongues)
Commonly called our “prayer language”, praying in tongues prays the perfect will of God plus edifies or builds up the spirit part of our being.
“For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.” 1 Cor 14:14-15
- Spiritual Warfare – Binding & Loosing
Prayer is also a powerful weapon against our adversary.
“ For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God… praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints,” Eph 6:12-18
“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matt 18:18
- Unified Prayer
Prayers of agreement have a synergistic affect to bring the power and presence of God into any situation.
“Again I say to you that if two of youagree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.” Matt 18:19
- Prayer with Fasting
Fasting speeds up the process. It is saying we want God more than food. It is a means of humbling ourselves which always qualifies us for more grace. Fasting and prayer are like bringing out the heavy artillery when break-though seems to be held up.
“As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.” Acts 13:2-3