The Six Kinds Of Prayers

The Six Kinds Of Prayers

The Six Kinds Of Prayers

Father, help us to be humble enough to obey your word in Jesus name, Amen.

A brother once said “Prayer can be frustrating if we don’t understand God’s Word and His ways.” I agree. Sometimes you wonder, “is anyone listening to me at all?” That is because most Christians are not aware that there are several types of prayer discussed in the scriptures, and if you use one type when you should be using another, it won’t work. You would be applying the wrong spiritual principle or tool to your needs or request. God intended for each of the six forms of prayer mentioned in the Bible to have different functions, as we will see shortly.

  1. The Prayer of Agreement: In Matthew 18:19, Jesus introduced the prayer of agreement when He said, “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.”.

Right away you can see that for the prayer of agreement to work, the people involved in the prayer must agree! You cannot know what someone else wants, what someone is believing for and God cannot answer your prayer for someone else against his or her will. To use the prayer of agreement, you must be sure that the person with whom you are agreeing is in line with what you are asking for.

If someone asks me to pray in agreement with them, I ask, “What exactly are we praying about?” You absolutely must make sure you are in perfect agreement about what your prayer request is before you join with another believer in the prayer of agreement.

 

  1. The Prayer of Faith: The prayer of faith, also known as petition prayer, is the prayer that most people think of when they use the term “prayer.” Petition prayer is between you and God. It is you asking God for a particular outcome.

The key verse for the prayer of faith is Mark 11:24, in which Jesus says, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

The rule to consider here is when you pray, not after you pray, not when you feel something, not when you see something. When you pray (the moment that you pray) you must believe that you receive what you asked for.

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The Hebrew word translated substance there is the word hupostasis, it means setting under, support, assurance or confidence. In other words faith is like the floor you are standing on. It is like the chair you are sitting on or the vehicle that takes you to your destination. The bottom line is this, FAITH is the support or carrier of your belief. It is the evidence of the things you cannot see.

Notice that Mark 11:24 does not say when you will actually see the result of your prayer. It does not tell you how long it will take for the result, and this is where many Christians usually get stuck.

God lives in one eternal now. There is no past or present for Him. But we are temporal beings who live in time.

When you pray in faith, God immediately gives you what you prayed for in the spirit realm. It is now up to you through faith to bring it into the natural.

God answers prayers, and He will answer your specific prayer in line with His Word, but it is your faith that brings that answer out of the spiritual world and into the physical world. If you notice many times Jesus will make statements like “Thy faith hath healed thee or let it be according to thy faith”?

He referred to peoples’ faith constantly, and even though it was His power that healed them, He always credited their faith with being the catalyst. In fact, when Jesus went to His hometown, we are told that “And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” Matthew 13:58

Did Jesus suddenly lose His power on that visit to Nazareth? No!

Unbelief and doubt are cousins of the same linage. They rob you of faith result. His power never changed. What changed? It was the people’s level of faith. It just wasn’t there. It’s like wanting to drive a gas powered vehicle with no gas in the tank. It doesn’t matter the sophistication of the technology loaded in it, it just won’t spark.

There is a simple spiritual explanation for this. God will not do something against your will. God CANNOT violate free will. If you don’t have faith to do something, He won’t arbitrarily override your lack of faith. But if you discover you lack faith, you could ask God for the wisdom to get faith. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5 That is because there are no two ways to getting faith. Scripture says faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

You need to get down to the bottom of it. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”. 2 Timothy 2:15 Study the word to build up your faith. When you read you can hear yourself reading. That is the only way

 

  1. The Prayer of Consecration and Dedication: In Luke 22:41-42, we see outlined the prayer of consecration and dedication: And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

He was praying, in effect, “If there is any other way to do this, let’s do it that way.” But the key for Jesus, and for us, is, “Nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

You pray that God’s will would be done when you don’t know His will or don’t know if an alternative path that appears is equally “correct” or godly. In the absence of direct instructions, the prayer of consecration and dedication says you will allow God to set your direction or make your decisions.

The prayer of consecration and dedication works when you have two (or more) godly alternatives before you, and you are not getting a clear sense at that time about which option God wants you to take. When the direction is unclear but any of the options appear to be legitimate, righteous options that is the perfect time to say, “Lord, if it be Your will, I’m going to go with option A.”

Believe me, He will let you know if you are taking the wrong fork in the road.

 

  1. The Prayer of Praise and Worship: In this prayer, you are not asking God to do something for you or to give you anything. You are not even asking for direction and dedicating your life to whatever it is God has called you to do. Rather, you just want to praise the Lord, to thank Him for His many blessings and mercy. You want to tell Him how much you love Him.

A good example of this type of prayer appears in Luke 2:20, which describes the reaction of the shepherds who had seen baby Jesus: “And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”

In Luke 18:43, the blind man who was healed was described as “glorifying God.” The verse also says all the people who witnessed the miracle “gave praise to God.” They prayed prayers of thanksgiving.

Check out Jesus’ prayer in John 11:41: “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me” referring to His previous prayer regarding Lazarus. In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus told His disciples, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name…” Luke 11:2

In Philippians 4:6, Paul wrote saying: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” emphasis added). This implies that even when we pray the prayer of faith, we should always add worship and praise.

 

  1. The Prayer of Intercession: Intercession means you are interceding, acting in prayer on behalf of someone else. The person may be incapable of praying for himself for whatever reason.

Intercession involves praying for others. 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.

In Ephesians 1:15-18, Paul wrote: “Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.”

Here Paul makes it plain that he prayed regularly for the church at Ephesus and for the individuals there to receive these blessings. He does not set himself in agreement with anyone, so this is a good example of intercessory prayer.

Likewise, in his greeting to the Philippians, he wrote, I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy” Philippians 1:3-4. The fact that Paul said he made requests for them suggests that this also was an example of intercessory prayer.

 

  1. The Prayer of Binding and Loosing: This prayer is found in Matthew 18:18-19. Jesus says: “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 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.”

Though a lot of Christians think it is the perfect scriptural authority to bind the devil and demon spirits, far from it. To get the whole picture we need to back up a few verses to get the context of the message. Starting from verse 15. This is a chapter addressing loving relationship amongst brethren. So how in the world will the Lord just leave that topic and skip to dealing with devils? The truth is the context of that scripture has nothing to do with binding Satan or demons. To crown it all, it has no statutes for general application.
It has to do with conflicts between brethren. Jesus said if your brother offends you, go talk to him alone to settle the matter. If he settles with you then you have gained a brother but if he refuses, go get two or three other brothers to speak with him so you will have witnesses, if he still refuses to listen, invite the Church elders into the matter. If he is still adamant, then at that point you can regard him as an unbeliever and invoke that verse of scripture. Matthew 18:15-22. It has no relevance when it comes to binding devils.
There is no record that the Lord Jesus Himself bound any spirit but instead He cast them out of the individual, there is a difference.

I know that many people misapply that teaching to include binding Satan. The truth is, there is absolutely no scriptural command to bind Satan, nor is there any Biblical example of the practice. Satan remains at large as the “prince of the power of the air” Ephesians 2:2 until he is chained or bound by an angel, not a human being during the millennial reign of Christ Revelation 20:1-3. The disciples, like I told you cast out demons, but they never bound them or Satan. There are several important nuggets in Jesus’ statements here, the first being that we have authority here on this earth by virtue of our covenant rights through Jesus. The second thing we notice is the direction of the action. Things do not begin in heaven and come to Earth, but rather the action starts here on Earth. Notice that it says,Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

In an earlier chapter and verse where the Lord gave that authority to Peter before passing it to the rest of the apostles, it was the same thing. “…And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19.

Like all things in God’s system, this type of prayer works only in line with God’s Word and His laws. You cannot bind the devil, demons or people. Whatsoever ye shall bind… The phrases “to bind” and “to loose” were often used by the Jews. It meant to prohibit and to permit. To bind a thing was to forbid it; to loose it, to allow it to be done. Same thing they said about gathering wood on the Sabbath day, “The school of Shammei binds it” i. e., forbids it; “the school of Hillel “looses it” i. e., allows it. When Jesus gave this power to the apostles, He meant that whatsoever they forbade in the church should have divine authority; whatever they permitted, or commanded, should also have divine authority – that is, should be bound or loosed in heaven, or meet the approval of God. They were to be guided infallibly in the organization of the church:

(1.) by the teaching of Christ, and, (2.) by the teaching of the Holy Spirit.

This does not refer to persons, but to things – “whatsoever,” not whosoever. It refers to rites and ceremonies in the church.

God has provided each type of prayer for a specific purpose. Though you may use more than one at any given time, it is important to be clear about which type you are using and why, and to be aware of its limitations. If you follow the examples in the Bible, you’ll be sure to use them properly.

God bless you

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