Different Types of Prayer – Part 2
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18
Here are three more types of prayer: 1) The prayer of petition. You must learn to be confident in asking God to meet your needs. Jesus promised, ‘What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them’ (Mark 11:24). If we’d stop trying to impress God, we’d be a lot better off. Length, loudness, or eloquence isn’t the issue; it’s the sincerity of our heart, the faith that’s in our heart, and the assurance that we’re praying according to God’s will that gets results. 2) The prayer of agreement. Jesus said, ‘If two of you…agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father’ (Matthew 18:19). When you’re up against something too big to handle alone, find a prayer partner and get into agreement with them. This isn’t for people who constantly live in strife, then decide to agree because they’re desperate. God honors the prayers of those who pay the price to live together in harmony (See Psalm 133:1). 3) The prayer of thanksgiving. When your prayers outnumber your praises, it says something about your character. Self-centered people ask, but rarely appreciate. God won’t release us into the fullness of all He has planned for us until we become thankful for what we’ve already received. Petition avails much; praise avails much more! ‘In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God’ (Philippians 4:6). Powerful living comes through thanksgiving. We can literally ‘pray without ceasing’ (1 Thessalonians 5:17) by being thankful all day long, praising God for His compassion, mercy, loving kindness, grace, longsuffering, and goodness.
Heavenly Father, You are such a gracious God ever abounding in love and compassion for me. Thank You for working through me in spite of myself. In Jesus’ Name, Amen