A Praying Life
3/14/10 at 01:02 AM 0 Comments

TYPES OF PRAYER - PART TWO

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The discussion of the last post was about the different types of prayer. I referenced authors Kenneth Hagin (The Art of Prayer) and Elizabeth Alves (Becoming a Prayer Warrior). Hagin identified the following types of prayers: The prayer of faith, consecration, commitment, worship, agreement, in the spirit, united, supplication and Intercessory prayer. Alves identified the following types: Praise and thanksgiving, confession and forgiveness, intercession and petition. Again, I emphasized that the opinions I offer are that of my own. However you will find that their are many overlapping views/opinions on this subject. My intent is just to broaden your thinking and increase your awareness of the weapons at your disposal.

The Prayer of Worship I believe overlap with the prayer of Praise and thanksgiving. In other words, the schools of thought about these two types of prayers are that they are essentially the same. This type of prayer is very POWERFUL BUT OFTEN NEGLECTED. We are often so intent in presenting our petitions to God that we neglect to just come before him in praise and worship. In the natural realm you can understand how you feel about someone who relationship with you seems to be one of always in need, always asking can you do this, will you do this, help me do this etc. While you may now mind granting their requests you do wish sometimes they would come and just say "Thanks".
I believe that our heavenly father sometimes feel the same way. In the last post I challenged you to take one hour, one day to offer up nothing but Praise and Worship to the father. No petitions, no complaints - just a heart filled with gratitude and an attitude of thanksgiving. An awareness of how unworthy we are of the goodness, kindness, mercy and faithfulness that God showers down upon us. When we give God what he wants he will meet our needs in an abundant way, far exceeding all that we could think or imagine to ask him.

 
The Prayer of Agreement and United Prayer. Genesis 11:1-9, Exodus 17:8-13, Psalms 133:1-3, Matt 18:19-20 and Acts 4:23. You can have a large number of people in one place and not accomplish anything if they can not agree upon a direction, decision etc. The key is to come into agreement and be united as in having a single purpose, intent, one mind, one thought, and one action/behavior. When the people marched around the walls of Jericho they moved as one in one direction having a single purpose, intent and mind (Joshua 6). In Genesis 11:6 and the Lord said behold the people is one, they have one language and now NOTHING WILL BE RESTRAINED FROM THEM WHICH THEY HAVE IMAGINED TO DO. However it does not take a lot of people to get the job done. Whatsoever you bind/loose I will bind/loose. If two shall agree ...it shall be done, if two or three gathered together in my name (Matt 18:19-20). One can chase a thousand - that's good but two can put 10 thousands to flight - that's better (Deut 32:30) I encourage you to join with others that are like-minded and pray corporately and you will be blessed corporately and see results.

The prayer of confession and forgiveness. Alves talks about how important it is to confess our sins, faults, mistakes, seek forgiveness and then walk in the freedom that God has given us through forgiveness. As intercessors WE MUST GUARD against the spirit of self-righteous and/or judgmental attitude. Before we can intercede on behalf of others we must be certain that our prayers will be heard. Sin and disobedience separate us from God. He will not hear our prayers. UNFORGIVENESS separates us from God. He will not hear our prayer. We must purpose in our heart to immediately confess any error. Ask God to reveal any mistakes, anything that the enemy may be trying to plant in our lives. We must walk in forgiveness towards those that hurt us as well as forgive ourselves for our own mistakes. 1 John 1:9, Gal 5:1, Matt 6:14, Mark 11:25-26, Luke 6:37

The Prayer of Confession. This prayer can also be one of confessing the word of God over a person, circumstance or situation until the word is manifested in that situation. Rom 10:9-10 If I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart...we often use this scripture when speaking of salvation. However, the principle of confessing and believing can be applied to many situations that we face. I often use this prayer of confession. When I was believing God for a new job I confess daily ...God I thank you that your favor surround me and I have a job with good benefits in the field that I desire (Psalms 5:12) I confessed this daily for 30 days and I received that job. I am still confessing salvation for my family...as for me and my household we shall serve the Lord (Joshua 12:15) God will contend with them that contend with me and he will save my children (Isaiah 49:24-25)

Well, there is so much to write on this subject until it looks like I will be doing a part three. Watch for it in the next few weeks. In the meantime all materials reference can be found in the blog entitled "The Intercessor Tool Kit"

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