It’s important to understand that there are different types of prayer each with different rules to follow. Failure to understand how the Bible instructs us to pray differently over different situations will cause a lot of frustration.
For example, many people pray for the sick and use the phrase, “Lord, if it be Thy will” however, James tells us that the Prayer of Faith will save the sick, and faith begins where Gods will is known! That phrase is better used in a Prayer of Consecration where you surrender your own will to Gods and dedicate yourself to Him.
Prayer of Faith
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matt 21:22
When we know Gods will, found in His Word, we can come to God on the basis of His Word and pray in Faith. Last week we covered the Prayer of Faith. So, I would refer you to last week’s devotional for this.
Prayer of 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.”
This is when two or more people link their faith together and agree in prayer. The words “it shall be done” is actually one Greek word “ginomai” which means it will miraculously come to pass. Miraculous things happen when Believers come into agreement! The Bible says one can put a thousand to flight, but two can put ten thousand to flight! In Acts 12 the Church prayed for Peter while he was in prison, and in no time God sent an angel to bring him out!
Prayer of Consecration
“Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” Luke 22:42
This is also called the prayer of dedication. It is a prayer to be set apart by God for His purposes despite what you want. This is not a prayer that you should pray over everything. For example, you do not pray “Lord, if it by Thy will, please bless this food” over a dinner table. Of course God wants to bless your food!
Prayer of Praise and Worship
I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name. Psalms 138:2
Many people believe Prayer only has to do with asking. However, Prayer isn’t just about asking. Prayer is communicating with God! Praise and Worship is the highest form of prayer. The Bible says that God inhabits the praises of His people! It was only when Paul and Silas sang praises unto God that the jail cell doors opened and their chains fell off!
Prayer of Intercession
“ I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy” – Phil 1:3-4
Intercession means you are interceding—acting in prayer—on behalf of someone else. Sometimes the person may be incapable of praying for themselves for some reason. It may involve praying in a general way for such things as the church or the government, or offering up more specific prayers based on your knowledge of a person’s need. It’s key to understand that you cannot pray against a person’s will. For example, you can’t pray and make someone get saved, but prayer can certainly make it easier for them to see the light of the Gospel!