Purpose of this Session
The Bible talks of many different kinds of prayer. Choosing the right manner of prayer for the right situation guarantees better results.
“Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).” (Ephesians 6:18 AMP)
- The prayer of commitment (casting cares upon the Lord) 1 Pet 5:7
- The prayer of faith (prayer that changes things) Matt 21:22; Mk 11:24
- The prayer of consecration (dedicating to God’s use) Luk 22:42
- The prayer of praise and worship Luk 24:52-53; Acts 13:1-4
- Soaking/waiting on God (Practicing His presence) Matt 11:28-30; Ps 27:14
- Prayer in the Spirit (Praying in tongues) 1 Cor 14:14-15
- United prayer Acts 4:23-31
- The prayer of supplication Phil 4:6; Eph 6:18
- The prayer of confession and repentance 1 John 1:9
- Intercessory prayer Ezek 22:30; 1Tim 2:1
- Warfare prayer and authority Ex 15:13; Isa 42:13; Matt 11:12
- Binding and loosing Matt 16:19; 18:18
- Groanings & travail Isaiah 42:14; Gal 4:19; Rom 8:22-27
- The prayer of agreement Matt 18:19-20
other tracks or methods of prayer include:
- The Lord’s prayer Matt 6:9-13
- Tabernacle prayer
- Ripple prayer
As can be seen from the list above, prayer is a vast subject. It is at its very heart the place of entrance and exploration of the endless and eternal Person of God. As such, it is impossible to quantify or comprehend fully. As so many have said, “the only way to learn to pray is to pray.” Prayer is so intensely personal, and in many ways unique to the individual, just as any deep relationship is.
I think that the principles we outline in the following sessions will indeed inform the student, but like any doorway, if one does not choose to step through, what lies beyond remains a mystery. Our encouragement to you, wherever you are on the journey, is that you choose to step through and develop this wonderful art and privilege you have been called into.