SATURDAY 28TH JAN.,2017
TOPIC: DIFFERENT TYPES OF PRAYER (2)
TEXT: Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints…”
Here are three more types of prayer:
1) The prayer of petition. You must learn to be confident in asking God to meet your needs. Jesus promised, ‘What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them’ (Mark 11:24). If we’d stop trying to impress God, we’d be a lot better off. Length, loudness, or eloquence isn’t the issue; it’s the sincerity of our heart, the faith that’s in our heart, and the assurance that we’re praying according to God’s will that gets results.
2) The prayer of agreement. Jesus said, ‘If two of you…agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father’ (Matt 18:19). When you’re up against something too big to handle alone, find a prayer partner and get into agreement with them. This isn’t for people who constantly live in strife, then decide to agree because they’re desperate. God honours the prayers of those who pay the price to live together in harmony (Psalm 133:1).
3) The prayer of thanksgiving. When your prayers outnumber your praises, it says something about your character. Self-centred people ask, but rarely appreciate. God won’t release us into the fullness of all He has planned for us until we become thankful for what we’ve already received. Petition avails much; praise avails much more! ‘In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God’ (Phil 4:6). Powerful living comes through thanksgiving. We can literally ‘pray without ceasing’ (1 Thess. 5:17) by being thankful all day long, praising God for His favour, mercy, loving kindness, grace, longsuffering, and goodness. There are others; such as prayer of authority, consecration and praying in the Spirit- this aids the New Covenant Christian to pray (Rom 8:22-26). Cultivate the habit of praying and discipline yourself to do it in and out of season anywhere, anytime.
Meditation: Psalm 65:2
Gen. 29; Matthew 28; Esther 5; Acts 28
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