On the first day of this season, we started to look at The 5 Basic Principles of Prayer Connect for Blissful People, given to us by the Holy Spirit; things you must understand and become established in, in order to be effective in your prayers.
- God does not find fault with your prayers.
- There are different kinds of prayers.
- Be sincere in prayer.
- Be very clear about what you want.
- Be relentless in prayer.
We’ve looked at principle #1.
Let us now move to principle #2:
Principle #2: There are different kinds of prayers.
Ephesians 6:18 NIV
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
‘All kinds of prayers…”
So there are different kinds of prayers.
This is the second principle of Prayer Connect: There are different kinds of prayers. You need to understand this in order to have a more balanced and all-inclusive approach to prayer.
Sometimes, we tend to emphasize some kinds of prayers at the expense of other kinds. We hype and spiritualize some kinds of prayers. Then demonize and criminalize others.
This sort of attitude is not of God. As we saw in the first principle, God does not find fault with our prayers. If anything, He enjoys them and encourages us to come to Him with them.
Furthermore, as we can see from the second principle, there are actually different kinds of prayers.
Different kinds of prayers
Here’s a list of some of the different kinds of prayers. This is not a complete list, but it gives you a picture of what the Lord is saying here.
- Intimate conversations with God.
- Praying in tongues.
- Personal requests— casting your cares upon the Lord; unburdening your heart to the Lord.
- Intercession—Praying for other people.
- Spiritual warfare
God values each one of them. He does not find fault with any of them. He answers them all. So we too must have an all inclusive approach to prayer. In other words, we should pray all kinds of prayers as the Spirit leads, and as the occasion demands.
And we must never condemn ourselves in our prayers. Also, we should never condemn others for praying other kinds of prayers.
For instance, one may feel no financial pressures at a certain time, but rather is drawn more into intimate conversations with God. At the same time, another may be overwhelmed by the burden of debt and lack, and consequently is crying out to God for provisions.
In reality, both individuals are precious to God. Their prayers too. They are just praying different kinds of prayers to God.
And now, I pray that our God, Who gives generously to all without finding fault, will grant you all that you ask of Him today. In Jesus name.