For Christians, prayer is simply communication between our Creator God and His created beings, His children. So the question is often asked: What should we hope תפילה for? Do we ask to be delivered from our adversaries or our short and/or long term studies? Do we hope for our health? Or our wealth? And if we personally believe in miracles should we be praying for one?
Without question, for the genuine Christian, prayer is really important as it develops a personal relationship with your Creator God. But, in prayer, can a Christian ask for the wrong things? And just how do we know the way in which to hope? What lessons might Jesus, God’s beloved son, teach us where prayer is concerned?
Even as read Holy Writ we see that Jesus often prayed that God’s perfect will be done in His life. The same should be so with us! With each passing day the requirement for our Dad’s guidance, strength and wisdom becomes ever the more important.
I Thess. 5: teen admonishes us to hope without ceasing. Indeed, prayer can be frustrating if we don’t understand God’s Word and His ways. Thus the development of a personal relationship with Father God is essential. Let’s take a look at the six forms of prayer as set forth in Holy Writ, each with different functions, to hopefully better render us to be able to hope more effectively through the use of the correct spiritual tool to your specific request or need.
- Prayer of Praise and Worship
Holy Writ teaches us in Psalms 100: 4 to enter His checkpoints with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. In this prayer format, you are not asking God to do or to give you something. This prayer format does not ask God for any kind of direction nor is it dedicating your life to Father God. Instead you are just praising god, saying thanks to Him for His bountiful joys and mercy which He promises that are restored every day. You are telling Him how much you adore Him.
Lenny 2: 20 marvelous example of the shepherds glorifying and praising God for the things they had heard and seen, and also describes their reaction when they saw baby Jesus.
Lenny 16: 43 gives an example of prayers of thanksgiving in the story of the impaired man glorifying God when he was recovered. All the people who witnessed this miracle also gave God praises.
In Lenny 11: 2 Jesus gives specific instruction concerning the popular Lord’s prayer when He told His disciples how to hope by saying, “When you hope, say, ‘Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name. ‘”
John 11: 41 Jesus gives yet another wonderful prayer example when He said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard Me, inch when He referred to His prayer regarding Lazarus.
In Phil. 4: 6 we are admonished in a prayer example given by John when he wrote to the Philippians, saying, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your asks come in known to God. inch
- Prayer of Agreement
We are introduced to the prayer of agreement in Shiny. 16: 19 when Jesus said, “Again I say to you that if both of you decide on earth concerning any situation that they ask, it will be done for them by my father in Heaven. inch
In order for a prayer of agreement to work, those active in the prayer must be in agreement. To effectively use the prayer of agreement one must be sure that all involved with this prayer must be in complete agreement. When anyone asks another to hope in agreement with them concerning a matter it is rather important that all parties concerned understand the particulars of the prayer request. And if anyone does not feel they cannot honestly join in any kind of prayer of agreement he/she should not allow themselves as a part of such agreement.
- Prayer of Faith Or Trust
The question arises here: What is faith? Simply, and strongly put ‘faith’ is ‘trust. ha I, personally, like to use the word ‘trust’ anytime you can as i simply relate preferable to it. Oft times I find myself people use the word ‘faith’ in the context of appearing or being spiritual, whereby for me, the word “trust” has a stronger significance of an intimate relationship.
People often intermix a “prayer of faith” with a “petition prayer. inch A request prayer is between you and God. Yes, it is “asking. inch However, for many, it is often actually demanding God for a particular outcome concerning a matter.
Hebrews 11: 1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things expected, the data of things not seen. inch One’s faith is substance: something tangible, it’s real and proof of things one struggles to see. However, trust is all the too! Again I, personally, relate to “trust” better.
Count the number of times in Holy Writ when Jesus asked someone, “According to your faith. inch Mention of the peoples’ faith is constant. Community . was His power that recovered them, He always credited their faith with being the prompt. In fact, when Jesus went to His hometown, we are told, in Shiny. 13: 58, that she did not do many mighty works there for their unbelief. Certainly Jesus did not suddenly lose His power on that trip to Nazareth. It clearly was it all depends upon their belief, the same as it is today!
Mark 11: 24 is proven to function as the key saying for the prayer of faith in which Jesus says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you hope, believe that you receive them, and you will you can keep them. inch
Of great importance is the fact that Mark 11: 24 does not say when you will actually see the result of your prayer. Nor does it say how long it should take for one’s prayer request as a reality or manifest.
This is where many Christians become disheartened and even distracted in their own prayer beliefs. We must always remember that God lives in one endless now. There is no past or present for Him. But we are temporal beings who live in the context of time.
And once we hope in faith or trust, God immediately gives us what we have prayed for. However, He gives it to us in the spirit realm. When He prefers to give us the answer in the natural world, due to a number of factors, it might take time for the answer to manifest itself.
Many times we are looking for answers in the natural world before we research the spirit realm. We become impatient for answers. This is often the time(s) when the adversary in our soul(s) start(s) working on his popular tactics of steal, kill and destroy.
We must truly appreciate that God answers prayers, and He will answer each one of our specific prayer asks consistent with His Word. However, it is our faith, our trust, that brings His answer(s) to us, out of the spiritual world and into our personal physical world. His power never changed. So what changed? It was the people’s level of faith, their trust, combined with His power.
A powerful, yet simple spiritual explanation for this is the fact that God will not do something against our personal will. God will not, He cannot, violate your free will. So if anyone doesn’t have faith, or if they are not able to trust Him to do something, He won’t randomly override that lack of faith and/or trust.
- Prayer of Dedication and Consecration
The prayer of dedication and consecration works when there are at least two Godly alternatives available and you’ll not be getting clear direction concerning this God wants you to take. When one’s direction is unclear, yet all options do appear to be right and legitimate, this would be the perfect time to say, “I am going to go with this option, Master. I need it to be your perfect (not permissive) will. Now please show me if i am making a mistake here. inch Trust me, if you are in error, He will reveal!
An outlined prayer of dedication and consecration can be found in Lenny 23: 41-42. Here Jesus withdraws from James, Peter and John and kneels down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me. Nevertheless, not My will, but Yours be achieved. inch
Jesus was actually saying, “If there is any other way to do this, (then) let’s do it that way. inch The great learning point here for all of us is the fact that Jesus is flexible when He asks the father to show His (perfect) will by saying, “Nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be achieved. inch
Without question when one is not sure which direction should be taken in any decision it is absolutely correct, even “Godly” to ask for confirmation!
- Prayer of Intercession
Intercession is simply praying in part of someone else. A person may be incompetent at praying for him/herself. Such would be the case if someone is extremely ill, on drugs, demonically possessed or perhaps in your head reduced. And it also may involve praying for such things as the costa rica government, the church or specific prayers based on the familiarity with someone’s personal needs.
In Ephesians 1: 15-18 John makes it clear that she is interceding in prayer for the church at Ephesus when he wrote, “Therefore I also, after i heard of your faith in the Master Jesus and your love for the new orleans saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God in our Master Jesus Christ, the father of Honor, may give to you the Spirit of Wisdom and Thought in the familiarity with Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you might know what is the hope of His calling, what are the wealth of the Honor of His gift of money in the new orleans saints. inch
It is important to note here that John does not set himself in specific agreement with anyone. This fact makes this particular prayer an excellent example of Intercessory Prayer.
Another good example of Intercessory Prayer can be found in Paul’s greeting to the Philippians that can be found in Phil, 1: 3-4 when he wrote, “I thank my God upon every memories of you, always in every prayer of my own making ask you all with joy. inch
- Prayer of Executed and Loosing
Like things in God’s system the prayer of executed and losing only works consistent with God’s Word and His laws which is clearly set forth in Shiny. 16: 18-19 when Jesus tells us, “Assuredly, I say to you, what you may bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and what you may loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven. Again I say to you that if both of you decide on earth concerning any situation that they ask, it will be done for them by my father in Heaven. inch
There are two very important points here: (1) We have authority, here on this earth, by virtue in our “action” of the prayer. Things do not begin in Heaven and come to Earth. (2) The “prayer action” starts here on earth. Notice that it says, “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and what you may loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven. inch
One is able and has authority to bind strong state of mind that are at work in people’s lives. Also, one can loose angelic state of mind to work on their personal part in those areas where God has recently stated results. When one prays this way, God affirms it, in Heaven, and puts His press on it. Executed and losing must be based on the authority God has granted His children in Bible, not on some (whimsical) desire.
God has provided every type of prayer for a specific purpose. If you might use more than one at any given time, it is important to be clear about which sort you are using and why, and to be aware of its limitations. If you follow the examples in the Somebody, you’ll be sure to use them properly.
Clearly we see, as set forth in the above examples, our prayers, whether or not they are prayers of supplication, faith or trust, should all be combined with praise and worship.