Purpose of this Session
All prayer changes things in one way or another, but we here consider two kinds of prayer specifically given to change situations, and turn things around. Other kinds of prayer also could come under this category such as prayer in the Spirit or united prayer to mention just two.
The prayer of supplication
1. a humble appeal to somebody who has the power to grant a request
2. the addressing of humble requests and prayers to somebody with the power to grant them
Encarta® World English Dictionary © 1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
Supplication however is more than just a casual request. Kenneth Hagin defines it thus in ‘The Art of Prayer’:
“The nature of supplication is much more heartfelt than a casual request. The word ‘supplication’ means a humble, earnest entreaty or request. If a request is not made in a heartfelt, fervent, and earnest manner, it would not be supplication.”
Again and again throughout the Scriptures the Holy Spirit encourages us to ‘ask’ of God.
Jesus Himself said:
““Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matt 7:7 NKJV)
James was inspired to write:
“… you do not have because you do not ask.” (James 4:2 NKJV)
“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.””
(Matt 21:22 NKJV)
“Until now you have asked nothing in My name (Jesus). Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:24 NKJV)
Supplication is planted and flourishes in the rich soils of God’s promises.
John confidently rejoiced in this truth:
“And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”
(1John 3:22 NKJV)
We are told to ASK.
The reason? Because God wants to answer!
Prayer is not just spiritual recreation, a mere time filler; it yields results. The reason we pray the prayer of supplication is to get results. We expect an answer, so pray with great confidence that the thing we ask will be granted. The character of God guarantees it:
- “For everyone who asks receives,
- and he who seeks finds,
- and to him who knocks it will be opened.
If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!””
(Luke 11:10-13 NKJV)
Such promises should propel every saint into the prayer closet!
The following are some of the supplications the Father’s heart longs to respond to:
a. For ourselves
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” (Phil 4:6)
b. For God’s people
“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—” (Eph 6:18 NKJV)
c. For All men and those in authority
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” (1 Tim 2:1-2 NKJV)
d. For labourers for the harvest of souls
“Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. “Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”” (Matt 9:37-38 NASB)
e. For the outpouring of God’s Spirit and revival
“Ask rain from the LORD at the time of the spring rain — The LORD who makes the storm clouds; And He will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man.” (Zech 10:1 NASB)
f. For national restoration and revival
“In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplication, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake. O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.” (Dan 9:2-3,17-18 KJV)
g. For the spiritual needs and progress of others
NB: The words ‘prayers’ and ‘pray’ in the following verses literally means ‘earnest requests’ or supplication.
“Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;” (Eph 1:16 KJV)
“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgement;” (Phil 1:9 KJV)
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;” (Col 1:9 KJV)
“Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.” (Col 4:12 KJV)