2018-11-02 - Prayer Types
Daily prayer - This prayer is as far from the 911 prayer as possible. Rather than praying in bad times, pray in all times. We need to have a regular prayer time with God, a time where all things are laid aside but speaking to him. It is stated quite simply in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, "Pray without ceasing." In the morning, prayer is the key that opens to us the treasures of God's mercies and blessings; in the evening, it is the key that shuts us up under His protection and safe guard. God will hear our pleas in the bad times but if we prayed more often we'd find those jams came less frequently.
Show and tell prayer - This form of prayer could also be called the "God first" prayer or Servant's prayer. It is the opposite of both the bargaining and give me prayers. It may sound like this: "God, show me the path to follow. Tell me what you want me to do." God knows our needs; He'll provide them if we follow him. Back at Matthew 6:33, Jesus says "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
Jesus set the example for us at the Garden of Gethesemane. "Not my will but thine be done". We ought to pray: "Here's my needs God. Meet them as you see fit. I trust you know you'll take care of me as I serve you." Show that you trust him and know He'll do what is best. The famous preacher, Dwight L. Moody, once said, "Spread out your petition before God, and then say, 'Thy will, not mine, be done.' The sweetest lesson I have learned in God's school is to let the Lord choose for me."
Others first prayer - Now this prayer type is the opposite of the I'll pray for you prayer. It is true intercessory prayer where you tell God the burdens of your heart for others ask him to bless them or heal them or help them however He sees fit. Paul wrote to Timothy saying, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men." (I Timothy 2:1)
But his favorite prayer of all - the sinner's prayer. "God forgive me of sin. Come into my life." This is the first prayer he ever hears. If you have never prayed that prayer then no other prayer will ever go through.
As a closing thought let me share the words of S.D. Gordon. "The great people of the earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who can explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time and pray." Maybe you need to pray to God today. Whether it be the first time or the millionth time., He is always ready to listen.
All scripture references from KJV (King James Version) unless otherwise noted
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