DIFFERENT KINDS AND LEVELS OF PRAYER
In Ephesians chapter 6:18, the Apostle Paul mentions “ALL PRAYER” [KJV] or “ALL KINDS OF PRAYERS” [NIV], which I believe every child of God should know. HOW and WHEN to use the different kinds of prayer for results is a great challenge to prayer warrior.
The different kinds of prayer are as follows:
1) WORSHIP PRAYER
a) THANKSGIVING: expressing appreciation or gratitude to God for what He has done [Philippians 4:6; 1st Thessalonians 5:17, 18].
b) ADORATION OR PRAISE: honor or glorify God for who He is [Jeremiah 32:17-20; Psalm 93:1-2].
2) INDIVIDUAL PRAYER
a) ASKING PRAYER: (petition) – [John 14:13-14; Philippians 4:6].
b) SOUL SEARCHING PRAYER: (Confession of sin) – [Psalm 139:23+24; Psalm 66:18]
c) WORDLESS PRAYER: e.g. Hannah – [1st Samuel 1:13]
d) AMBITION IN PRAYER: e.g. Jabez – [1st Chronicles 4:9-10]
e)IMPORTUNATE PRAYING: [Luke 18:1]
f)SIMPLICITY IN PRAYER: [Isaiah 37:14; 38:2-5]
g)STRENUOUS PRAYING: [Romans 15:30]
3) AGREEMENT PRAYER
a) BONDING TYPE: [Matthew 18:19-20]
b) BAND OR THE CREW TYPE: [Leviticus 26:8, Deuteronomy 32:30]
c) CAMARADERIE TYPE: [Ecclesiastics 4:9-12]
d) “WALKING TOGETHER” TYPE: [Amos 3:3]
4) CORPORATE OR CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER
a) CONCERT PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE AND EMPOWERMENT: [Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:12:26].
b) UNITED PRAYER for the mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit power [Acts 2:1-4]
c) APOSTOLIC PRAYER AND FASTING meeting of church leaders for the missionary enterprise: [Acts 13:1-4; 2nd Corinthians 1:11].
5) PRAYER WITH FASTING
a) MORNING TO EVENING FASTS (6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.): [Luke 5:33-35]
b) A FULL DAY FAST (24 HOURS): [Matthew 6:16-18]
c) A (3) THREE DAY FAST (OR DELIVERANCE FAST): [Esther 4:15-17; Acts 9:8-9]
d) A (7) SEVEN DAY FAST: [Mark 9:14-29]
e) A (21) TWENTY ONE DAY FAST: [Daniel 10:1-2] – Daniel – conflict in Prayer [Daniel 10:12-14]
f) A (40) FORTY DAY FAST: [Exodus 34:28; 1st Kings 19:7-8; Luke 4:1-3]
6) RAYER WITH ANOINTING OIL
a) OR CONSECRATION OR SET APART AS HOLY UNTO THE LORD, PRIESTS, KINGS, AND THOSE CALLED FOR SERVICE IN THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD: [Exodus 30:22-33; 1st Samuel 16:5-13; 2nd Kings 9:3-6]
b) O ANOINT THE SICK AND PRAY FOR THEIR HEALING. IT EFFECTS HEALING: [Mark 6:13; James 5:14-15]
c) HE ANOINTING OIL OF JOY, THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHOU MEASURE: [Psalm 45:7 (messianic prophecy)]
a) THE BIRTHING TYPE: [Galatians 4:19-20; Isaiah 66:7-8]
b) THE GROANING TYPE: [Romans 8:22-27 – Abraham – Logic in Prayer Genesis 18:16-33]
c) SPIRITUAL WARFARE INTERCESSORY PRAYER: [Acts 4:24, 31 Moses – steadfastness in Prayer – Exodus 17:8-14]
d) GROUP INTERCESSION FOR DELIVERANCE: [Acts 12:5]
e) NATIONAL INTERCESSION: [Exodus 32:31-32; Deuteronomy 9:25-29; Daniel 9:17-19; 1st Timothy 2:1-4 Elijah – Faith in Prayer – 1st Kings 17:21; 18:36-37; 1st Kings 18:41-46; James 5:17-18
8) PRAYER WITH LAYING ON OF HANDS: [Mark 16:18; Acts 8:15, 17]
9) SPIRITUAL WARFARE PRAYER
a) REBUKING OR COMMANDING OR CASTING OUT PRAYER: [Mark 16:17; Luke 4:39]
b) BINDING AND LOSSENING PRAYER: [Matthew 18:18; 16:19]
DEVELOPING “SECRETS” TO EFFECTIVE PRAYER LIFE
Simply put, Prayer is having a conference call with the Almighty God [Jeremiah 33:3; Psalm 145:18; James 4:8]. It includes fellowshipping with all that God is and standing in Spiritual Warfare [Ephesians 6:10-12]. Prayer is one of the greatest privileges afforded to mankind. As somebody puts it, prayer is the invisible spiritual cable through which God’s power flows [Isaiah 40:31].
There is no way to learn prayer but by praying. Those who became mighty in prayer prayed. Throughout the Old and New Testaments, and to this hour, one thing is certain, God answers prayer! [Psalm 65:2].
WHO QUALIFIES TO PRAY?
1) A person who has received Christ into his life as his personal Savior and Lord, and has been born again by the Holy Spirit. As a result of his new identity as a child of God, he has accepted to follow and abide by the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ [2nd Corinthians 5:17; John 1:12; 1st Peter 2:9-10]
2) Now a citizen of heaven, bears witness of the saving grace in Christ in order to over populate heaven and under populate hell [1st John 3:1-2; Philippians 3:20].
3) Accepted by God. Therefore secured in God through Jesus Christ and seated with Christ in the heavenly realm [John 15:15; Colossians 3:3; Ephesians 2:6].
REASONS WHY WE PRAY
Everything we receive from God comes as a result of prayer. When we pray we demonstrate our dependence upon God and rely upon Him for every need.
1. Prayer is the means of knowing God’s will for your life [James 1:5].
2. Prayer is the only means a believer can commune with God who is our Heavenly Father [2nd Corinthians 13:14].
3. It is the means of thanking, praising and adoring God. Is a form of worship [Psalm 100:4; John 4:23-24].
4. Prayer helps us in our fight against sin, temptations and delivers us from evil [Matthew 6:12-15; James 4:7; 1st Peter 5:8-9; Matthew 26:41].
5. Through prayer, God gives us guidance to make important decisions [Luke 6:2, 13].
6. Prayer is one of God’s appointed means of obtaining mercy, grace and favor [Hebrews 4:16].
7. Prayer is the main business of our Lord Jesus in Heaven [Hebrews 7:25].
HOW TO PRAY EFFECTIVELY
1. Appeal to God’s character and pleads His promises in Scripture [Genesis 18:25; Numbers 14:17-20].
2. Praying according to God’s will and with a clear conscience [1st John 5:14-15; Matthew 6:10; 1st John 3:21-22].
3. Pray in faith and abiding in Jesus [Matthew 21:22; John 14:13; John 16:23].
4. Pray in the Holy Spirit and with confidence at God’s throne of Grace [Jude 20; Ephesians 6:18; Hebrews 4:16].
5. Respecting your marriage partner and with a clear mind and self-control [1st Peter 3:7; 1st Peter 4:7].
6. Pray with the right motivation and with a heart of compassion for the poor and lost [James 4:3; Proverbs 21:13].
NB//: – Prayer is to be offered to the Father in the Name of the Lord Jesus by the help of the Holy Spirit [John 16:23]. We pray to God because it is a command from Him, because of WHO HE IS and as Our Heavenly Father [Deuteronomy 6:13; Matthew 4:10; Matthew 6:9].
RESULTS OF PRAYER
PRAYER produces results. We pray for profit. That motivates a Christian to pray. The Bible says “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” [James 5:16]. Prayer prepares our hearts to receive the Word of God and as you pray, God can sow His Word in your heart. Prayer can accomplish great things in your life. What a privilege it is to pray and be heard by the one who holds the whole universe in His hand. Here are some results of prayer.
1. Prayer will reveal your own imperfection and emptiness and the need for your total dependence on God [Isaiah 6:5].
2. Prayer brings brokenness of spirit [Psalm 51:17].
3. Prayer has the power to open your eyes to se wondrous things from God and to seek Him [Psalm 119:18].
4. Prayer brings the manifestations of the Holy Spirit [Acts 2:4].
5. Prayer breaks Satan’s power and brings healing and good health [Daniel 10:12-13; Matthew 11:28-29; James 5:16].
STEPS TO ENTERING THE PRESENCE OF GOD
1) Make adequate time for God [Mark 1:35]. Choose a time of the day or night which you are not going to be disturbed. This takes discipline at first, but soon the discipline becomes not a duty, but joy [Matthew 6:6]. Make sure you have enough time not only to speak to God but also to listen to Him.
2) We must be in the Right place. You cannot see victory if you are in the wrong place [Exodus 33:7-9]. Moses knew where to go to meet God “OUT OF THE CAMP” – in fact far from the camp Moses pitched the tabernacle. We cannot see results if we are in the mist of distraction or surrounded by worldly influence. Remember we have to hide ourselves in Him – “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” [Psalm 91:1]. There is a place where we hide; there is a place of His mighty presence. Example Elijah had to go to Mount Horeb away from Jezebel to hear God. I am not talking about a location but a quite Rest in the presence of Almighty God. You can’t find them if you are rushing and say oh God I have only half an hour for you and you start watching the clock. You can’t find them if you fit God into schedule of things you have to do that day. He is God Almighty. He comes first. Early in the morning get up and seek Him. Seek Him when your mind is flesh and your body is at rest. Do not seek Him when you are worn out – that is the meaning of the “Right Place”. Moses took the tabernacle and pitched it away from everything – murmuring, chaos and confusion of the Israelites. Remember, if the world is present the presence of God is absent – that is the key of the Right Place. We have to wait in the presence of God till our hearts are quickened. We cannot get into prayer till our hearts has been touched and quickened by the Holy Spirit [Psalm 80:8].
3) Confess any sin that the Holy Spirit is showing you at the time and receive God’s forgiveness [Psalm 66:18; 1st John 1;7-9; Isaiah 38:17; Jeremiah 31:34]. We also need to forgive others we have wrong us. No matter how hurtful and wrong they may have been [Matthew 6:12; Luke 6:37, 38]. Jesus forgave us much and He expects us to forgive others without any condition or holding grudges. Once we confess our sins, repent, forsake it and apply the blood no demon can touch your life. In the Jewish culture, it represents Hope for the future a shallow for hope in the future.
4) Creative silence – relaxes and focuses. After meditating and feeding your spirit with content of Scripture, you need creative silence to contemplate on God’s greatness, power and love [Isaiah 46:10; James 4:8; 2nd Corinthians 10:5]. Submit your mind and will into God’s hand and focus your attention on God. This can be encouraged by praise and worship.
5) With such atmosphere of silence allow the Holy Spirit to fill you to overflowing [Ephesians 5:18]. In faith, ask the Holy Spirit to empower you, to direct you and to pray through you [Romans 8:26]. If possible trust the Holy Spirit to give you the prayer topics to begin with.
6) The right disposition is Reverence – fearing the Lord and having a broken heart. You cannot come into God’s presence or hear His voice without fearing Him. The right position is under the blood and the right disposition is fearing the Lord.