Communication Series 1 of 5:The Different Types of Prayer

Communication Series 1 of 5:The Different Types of Prayer

Communication Series 1 of 5: The Different Types of Prayer
Communication Series 2 of 5: Understanding Spirit, Soul, and Body
Communication Series 3 of 5: 7 Important Tips to Help You Communicate with God Better
Communication Series 4 of 5: The 4 ways that we are led by God
Communication Series 5 of 5: What are the hindrances to communication with God?
It's important to make sure we pray to God for ourselves and for other people according to the word of God. James tells us in James 4:7 "Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee." Submission to God means to be obedient to the words in his bible [and the words he has spoken to us individually]. In order for the devil to flee, we have to resist him by using the word of God [see Matthew 4:3-11 as an example], and in order for our resistance of the devil to work, we have submit to the word of God.  In 1 Timothy 2:1-4  Paul tells us what the four types of prayers are. "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."

"We often hear that prayer changes things; that's not entirely true. Prayer changes us, faith changes things. Prayer changes our focus, faith causes things to happen." - John Chi
1. The Prayer is:
  • Communication with God - Reading the word of God out loud, speaking to him throughout your day to talk to him about what's in your heart
  • Daily biblical confession - Daily biblical confessions
  • Prayer of faith - Prayer of faith (see below)
Please note: All four types of prayers should be prayed with faith and love. The prayer of faith is different because with prayers of faith we are believing God for a promise that is already in the word of God. That is the difference between the prayer of faith and the prayer of supplication. For example, the bible tells us in Matthew 6:24-33 1. Not to serve money 2. Not to Worry 3. Put God first 4. Be in Righteousness and in his Kingdom and then all the basics necessities of life shall be added (e.g. food, drink, water, clothing..etc). We do not to supplicate about the basic provisions of life, we have to submit to the word of God and it is ours. A prayer of faith for this example would be "Thank you Lord for providing my needs. I believe in my heart that I will always be provided for because I do not serve money, I do not worry, I put you first and I am in your righteousness and kingdom. I trust you father, no matter the circumstances."

    For the prayer of faith, when we already know God's will and if there is a spiritual obstacle, we should adhere to Matthew 11:23 (read below). Please read the post hindrances to prayer.

    If any one says
    • Jesus is saying that you must speak it.
    To this mountain
    • Jesus is saying that you have to speak to the problem or situation. The mountain represents a spiritual obstacle.
    Go, throw yourself into the sea and
    • Jesus is saying tell the problem or situation what you want.
    Does NOT doubt in their heart
    • Jesus is speaking about our spirit(heart). Not our soul(mind). Our soul (mind) will tell us to look at the situation based upon what we see, think, or feel. Our heart (spirit) tells us to look at Jesus and believe in his word despite what we see, think or feel. Our soul (mind) if it does not yet believe will be in contradiction with our spirit (heart).
    But believes what they say
    • Jesus is saying that we have to believe what we say
    and it will be done
    • We have Jesus's guarantee that it'll be done. Once again this prayer is for the promises in the word of God, meaning if we already know God's will regarding a matter.
    2. The Prayer of Supplication is 
    Asking God for something specific that is not already a promise in the word of God (e.g. Should I move to California?)

    How to Supplicate:
    Whatever you ask for
    • When Jesus says you, he is speaking to those who listen to Jesus, and follow Jesus. When Jesus says ask, Jesus is referencing the things that he has not already given us (a husband, a house, good credit, etc). We know that we do not have to ask for healing because Jesus has already given it to us, according to 1 Peter 2:21-24 and Deuteronomy 7:15. We do not have ask for provision, according to Deuteronomy 28:1-14Matthew 6:19-34 because once we do what it says to do, and we confess it, act upon it, it is ours. For the things that we have already according what the word of God says, we just have to do under prayers faith
     In prayer
      • Prayer is not only formal, but it can be informal. Basically, prayer is any form of communication to God
      Believe that you have received it
      • Received is past tense. Jesus wants you to believe that you have received it what you've said or asked for before you ask for it
      and it will be yours
      • When you believe with your mind, it will tell you where is the immediate natural manifestation??? If you believe in your heart then you wouldn't care about timing because if you believed you would know that you have exactly what you asked
      When you are no longer moved by your soul [what you see, think, or feel or hear], that is when you know you have faith in that situation! When you have faith, you will have righteousness, eternal life, rest, peace, and joy [5 out of the 9 promises of God].
      3. The Prayer of Intercession 
      The bible does specify how we should pray for born again believers vs how we should pray for sinners. We have to be obedient to how the bible tells us to pray for sinners because we do not want to oppose on their covenant. If someone is not in covenant with Jesus [Matthew 26:28], by default they are in covenant with the devil, even if it's unknowingly or unintentionally [Ephesians 2:1-3].
      Prayers of thanksgiving to God are equally as important than all the other types of prayers, if not the most important. If you are in a relationship with someone whether spouse, child, church, you would want them to be thankful for their contribution in your life. Likewise, father doesn't just want to hear from you when you want something. An example of a prayer of thanksgiving is thanking God for loving you, for his mercy, grace and holiness. Worship songs that thank God for his goodness is prayer of thanksgiving.
      • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
      • Psalm 107:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
      • Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
      • Psalm 7:17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.
      • Psalm 100:1-5 A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
      • Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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