TYPES OF PRAYER.
There are various kinds of prayer.Yet all these kinds fall under any of the five main groups discussed below.
(I)Praise and Worship.
Many people don’t realize the truth that praise and worship is a way of praying to God, usually achieved through sacred songs/hymns that glorify and magnify him.Through worship,we tap into God’s power as we acknowledge and make known God’s goodness and he’s done for us.When we worship God recognize his authority and glory.. Worshipping God in truth and Spirit releases his power into our lives.It’s the first and most powerful prayer we can offer to God.
In Chronicles 16:29;the Bible says that we should “worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness.”And all nations should worship him.When we worship God in truth,all our troubles fade away and the chains that entangle us are loosened.Pure and enthusiastic praise draws God’s presence and favour into our lives.For this reason,all worship services must begin with this type of prayer.
(ii)Prayer of Intercession.
Intercession involves committing to pray for to God for others more than for ourselves.Here,we could pray for the saints, the needy,the nation,our leaders,and even our enemies..e.t.c.,God delights in such petitions.For instance, Daniel,in fasting and prayer, pleaded with God confessing the sins
of his nation.God listened and had mercy on them.(Daniel 9:1-27)
During his lifetime on earth,the Lord Jesus spent most of his time praying for us(John 17).He then asked us to pray for one another that we may be healed (James 5:16).In saying this,Jesus meant that we should pray for others(the erring souls,lost and lone)so they may sense their need for God’s grace and power in their lives and be saved.Otherwise,the world may never be freed from life’s despair resulting from sinful lives.If we dedicate to pray for others, God’s will is done and he is greatly pleased.As a result,we receive unmerited favour from God.Like Daniel,we will be blessed and experience God’s love.
(iii) Prayer of Supplication.
In this prayer,we make our needs known to God.We pray asking God for his grace,mercy, forgiveness,joy,peace,the Holy Spirit,to supply our daily needs,among others.The Lord,as our Ultimate Giver,asked us to bring such petitions to the Father,and that whatever we ask for in prayer shall be given unto us.Prayer of Supplication is the most known and commonly utilised kind of prayer.
Luke 11:11-13;”If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone?or if he ask a fish,will he for a fish give him a serpent?
Or if shall ask an egg,will he offer him a scorpion?
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children:how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”
(iv) Prayer of Thanksgiving.
This aspect of prayer is compulsory for every one.We are to be thankful to God for everything at all times.We offer thanksgivings for the free gift of life, health, family,our creation,shelter,food,e.t.c,.This prayer expresses our gratitude for his goodness and caring love.
Colossians 3:15 says that we should be thankful.. When others show gratitude for what we did for them,we feel gratified and pleased.Even so,God is pleased when we go to him with a heart filled with thanksgivings.He finds pleasure in such prayers.Asking should therefore not be the extent of our praying..The Lord also delights to have our adoration and communion at most.He desires a heart which thankfully seeks and draws close to him.In so doing,we receive more than what we ask for in prayer.,since God sees how much we value his grace in our lives.
(v) Prayer of Spiritual Warfare.
In this prayer,one is battling against the forces of darkness,to fend off the fiery darts of the evil one.We do so by exercising the authority we have through the blood of Jesus.Confidently, through faith that comes from the Word,we speak and declare victory upon our lives.The devil cannot leave us alone so easily.We must, therefore,with authority rebuke,command,break loose and destroyed all the forces of evil by faith.
Revelation 12:10-11:”And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven,Now is come salvation,and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down,which accused them before our God day and night.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb,and by the word of their testimony;and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
If we as Christians exercise all the five aspects of prayer,neglecting none,we shall become good prayer warriors in the supernatural.
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