Now we know the power of prayer (click to READ), but do we know how to pray? The problem most Christians have is that they pray amiss (wrongly) and when you pray amiss, you would not get answers to your prayers. Below are 8 different types of prayers:
1) The prayer of dedication (submission): This is the type of prayer prayed when you don’t know the will of God. For example, when torn between two Universities of your choice or two job offers or two business opportunities. This is the only prayer that you are allowed to use the words “let your will be done”. You are torn between choice A and choice B and you tell God “God, I submit my will to you Father, I don’t know what to choose, please God, show me the right choice to make”. With this sort of prayer, you have set in motion a chain of events that will lead to you making the right choice (God’s choice). Luke 22:42 shows us that even Jesus prayed the prayer of submission before He died on the cross.
2) The prayer of agreement: This is the kind of prayer prayed by two parties in agreement to a particular request. For example, a husband and wife both want a baby girl, so they come together and pray a prayer of agreement for a baby girl. The Bible makes us understand in Deuteronomy 32:30 that one shall chase a thousand and two shall chase ten thousand. Let’s do some simple maths here, if one can chase a thousand then two should chase two thousand (if they pray separately) but when they pray together, rules of arithmetic are destroyed in favour of the rules of “prayermetric”. Therefore two people that would have chased two thousand separately will chased ten thousand together.
3) The prayer of importunity (persistence): The dictionary defines importunity as the state of being persistence in solicitation. Like begging someone to do something for you. This is the type of prayer when you pray persistently over a particular issue. It means you are constantly praying over an issue in faith until you see results. This is the type of prayer that even though the issue you are praying about seems to be getting worst or doesn’t change at all, you keep praying and believing until change comes. Luke 18:3 tells us about the story of the persistent widow.
4) The prayer of supplication (petition/faith): In the prayer of faith, you must already know God’s will and must pray accordingly. For example, we know that God doesn’t want us sick because He said in 3 John 2 “I wish above all things that thou mayest be in health…”. So when you are sick, you pray a prayer of faith reminding God of His promises concerning divine health, believe strongly in it not wavering and you shall receive it. Phillipians 4:6, James 1:5-6, Mark 11:24.
This prayer works in 3 dimensions:
A. You must know what you want clearly.
B. You must have passages in the Bible that back your request up.
C. Believe you have received it when praying because until you believe you have received it, you will not see its manifestation.
5) The prayer of fellowship (worship): This is the type of prayer where you are not seeking God’s intervention in any situation or thanking Him for anything. You are simply fellowshipping with Him. Its in this realm of prayer that God talks to you, revealing things you never knew existed. John 14:6
6) The prayer of intercession: This is interceding for someone else. This is simply standing in the gap for someone. For example, you have an aunt believing God for the fruit of the womb, you stand in the gap and pray for her. 1 Timothy 2:1,2 and 2 Chronicles 7:14.
7) The prayer of unity: This is when a large group of people come together to pray over a particular issue. For example, members of a church joining hands to pray for Nigeria or members of a family coming together to pray for a sick family member. Acts 4:31
8) The prayer of declaration (authority): This is the type of prayer where you are not speaking to God directly. You are speaking to the situation because God has given you the authority to do so. For example, you are driving and the car’s brake fails, instead of asking God for help, you speak to the brake saying “In the name of Jesus, I command you brake to come back alive and stop this car right now”. When faced with an armed robber you say “I command you agent of the devil, leave me and my belongings alone or else you will die now”. When faced with sickness you say “I command this malaria to leave my body as soon as I drink this anointing oil in Jesus Name”. When you make this declarations, you set your angels to work and they make things happen as you declared them. We can speak to inanimate objects, the same way Jesus spoke to the wind in Mark 4:39. Luke 10:19, Job 22:28, 1 Peter 5:8.
To be continued:
Understanding Prayer: Benefits of Prayer (Part 3 of 3)
Understanding Prayer: Types of Prayer by Pastor Kingsley Okonkwo