By Deacon Joanna George | March 14, 2019
One of the ways we encourage you to fully experience a holy Lent is to spend more time in prayer. Prayers of many different types can help you deepen your faith and enhance your relationship with God. The cornerstone of prayer is communication. Our Father in heaven is not some distant entity who sits on throne and keeps a distance from us. NO, He is our Father and like any father He wants to sit and talk to us, He wants to hear our pain, He wants a relationship with us. He wants to wipe away our tears; He wants to share our joy. Here’s a look at some of the types of prayers you can use – all can help you grow your faith and relationship with God!
We may be most familiar with prayers of Faith; this type of prayer is your request for a particular result. Mark tells us in 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
There is a prayer of Dedication. In Luke 22:41-42 after putting distance between Himself and Peter, James, and John He knelt down to pray and in praying He said, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me, nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” I love the word surrender; it brings me a peace and the overwhelming comfort knowing that God is indeed in control.
Prayers of Worship are very close to the top of my list. It is so easy to develop this type of prayer. There are countless times throughout the day to simply call out the name of Jesus, to say thank you, to sing, to offer a hand to someone and to do it in Jesus’ name. I admit to loving the Jesus prayer. It is so easy to say and the meaning is powerful.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God
Pray for me, a sinner.
Prayers of Intercession are our prayers on behalf of someone else. It is possible to pray for someone who isn’t even aware that they are in need of prayer. This is one of my favorite prayers. It is like a sweet little secret that exists just between you and God.
Prayers of Supplication are asking something of God for yourself. We can find this type of prayer in the Psalms. David called out to God to help him with his personal needs. We are God’s children, and what father does not want to help their child?
Corporate prayer (praying together) has been a long-time favorite type of prayer for me. Whether sitting in church, or a meeting, or sitting at the dinner table: to be in the presence of others who believe in our Savior and to hear the voices of those who love our Lord going up in praise often brings tears to my eyes.
Prayers of Thanksgiving: What I think is the most important prayer of all is rarely said. That prayer is a prayer of Thanksgiving. What are the things that first enter your mind when you wake up in the morning? Is it “Oh, no I am so tired I don’t want to get up?” Is it feeling exhausted just knowing what your day is going to be like? There are dozens of thoughts that enter our minds that can, and do set the tone for the day to come. If you want a better start to your day begin with a mental picture of all that you have to be grateful for. A comfortable bed to sleep in. A kitchen to prepare breakfast for your family. Your children that who will soon come to the table and be nourished by the gift of food. A job that enables you to support your family.
Tomorrow has not been promised to us it is a gift. When someone gives you a gift, do you not stop and say thank you? Of course you do! So why not stop and thank God for this amazing gift of life. It is one more day to witness to the glory of God, to take in the wonders of life; it is a time to bask in the goodness of God, to develop an ever-deepening awareness of the gifts that we have been blessed with. While walking this path you will also become aware of the closeness that you are developing, the genuine friendship that is evolving —— yes, a friendship with our heavenly Father.
Remember that besides giving us the gift of life, God also gave us the gift of Free Will. He is not a puppeteer. He will not step in and prevent us from making our own choices, but when we mess up and do the wrong thing He is there waiting to reestablish our friendship, He is there waiting for us to ask for forgiveness. We just need to pray for forgiveness and be willing to put in the work. To have a relationship with anyone takes time: time to sit in silence and simply listen. Make time to study God’s words: Time, silence, prayer, and a sincere desire to fall more deeply in love with our Lord and Savior.
Philippians 4:6 tells us “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Loving and giving Father as your children we admit that we often stray. Pray for us precious Jesus that we, like you may know the power of prayer and in the Father’s goodness help grow closer and closer to Father, Son and Holy Spirit. AMEN