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Posted by Job on March 2, 2007

II Samuel 7:27 – For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.

The reason why the prayer life of so many Christians is so limited is not so much because Christians do not pray enough. Do not get me wrong; Christians should pray more; it is the most important thing that we can do. We are not that big on outward works at Heal the Land, preferring instead to talk first about spiritual deliverance from demons and next spiritual maturity by submission to the inward workings of the Holy Spirit. But if you are someone who is big one works, then prayer is the area where you should focus on.  Why? Because if a person spends a lot of time praying, eventually that person will run out of things to day. All of that person’s own desires are used up. All of their hopes, wants, needs, fears, frustrations, goals, situations, everything they want for their family members, everything that they desire for their church, all of the things that they saw on television: you can actually create a huge monster prayer list of all of these things, but after about an hour or three you will have gone through it.  Then what? Well, when you have run out of things that YOU want to say to God about what YOU want God to do, THEN it is time for you  to start praying for real. That is when you stop talking to God and start listening to God, and when you start praying while or after listening to God, then that is when God starts playing you like an instrument, using you to ask and pray for the things that HE wants. Of course, God does not need or depend upon you; He is all powerful and all mighty. So do not get confused: God is not praying to you, you are still praying to HIM. But God is SPEAKING to you regarding what HE wants you to pray so that He can have an agent in the natural realm that He has transferred authority and dominion over the natural realm to through Adam to represent His Will in the spiritual realm. You are God’s “point of contact” in the natural realm; His vessel, His conduit, His agent. A lot of folks think that being God’s vessel in the natural realm means getting up and doing some mighty stuff like parting the Red Sea, bringing fire down from Heaven, performing great healings, or prophecying mighty plagues. Well, that was how things might have worked under the old covenant. But we are under a new covenant better promises (eternal salvation through Christ’s dying for our sins in our place) and more power (Christ’s resurrection giving us the victory over death and His ascension giving us the indwelling Holy Spirit.)  Under the new covenant, the mightiest work of all time has already been done: God coming to earth as a man to die on the cross for our sins, and to be raised from the dead by God so that we too can live again. So, the best work that remains for all of us saved through Jesus Christ is to “merely” pray  (and speak for you Word of Faith types of which I also am after a fashion) God’s Will into existence into the natural realm. The Bible says “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Consider how powerful that statement is! Now, what other actions of a person does the Bible confer such power on? The answer is NOTHING, and there is a REASON for it, and that is there is NOTHING that you can do that has as much power under the new covenant! That may have been so under the old covenant as well; but whether it was or wasn’t we are under the new one now, and that is the one that we have to learn to operate under.

 But in order to accomplish this, you need to know which type of prayer is called for at the right time. The Holy Spirit will not merely burden you to pray, but also tell you which type of prayer to say at that time. Those of you who immerse yourselves into the Bible already know which prayer in the Bible should be said at which time. But for those of you who are new at effectual praying, here are the  five types of prayers and examples of each:

1.  Praise. This is the type that you should say the most. In it, you give God thanks for what He has already done and what He is about to do. You also let God know that you are not coveting some other situation, but you rejoice in your current one, thereby letting Him know that you are submitting to His Will for your life whatever it may be, and whatever you might be going through in order for His Will to be worked in and through you. You might be Joseph working as a slave and then going to prison for 20 years, but rather than complain you are still giving Him the praise. Prayers of praise release the moving of the Holy Spirit for yourself and for others, because it breaks down the mental strongholds that you may be carrying with you due to the burdens and disappointments of your physical life situation because it gets you to stop thinking about them and instead praise God for what He is using your life and position in the natural realm to accomplish for You and for all those who love God and are called according to His Purpose in the spiritual realm. And such prayers also greatly hinder the work of Satan, his demons, witches, etc. because they feed on the weaknesses and hurts that humans perceive themselves to be experiencing. If you praise God not only for the good things but also for your hurts, pains, weaknesses, thorns in the flesh, rejections, trials, failures, and ESPECIALLY for His Mercy and Forgiveness and Rebuke when you sin, then that removes the things that Satan would use to cause you to complain, accuse, and rebel against God over. An example of a prayer of praise is Psalm 150: Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

2. A prayer of thanksgiving can be mistaken for a prayer of praise, but it is actually thanking God for a SPECIFIC thing that He has done. Basically, a prayer of praise thanks God for who God IS: powerful, mighty, wonderful, righteous, merciful, omnipotent, omniscient, self – existent. A prayer of thankgsgiving is said when God has blessed you with something, or (again, for you Word of Faith types) when God is going to do something. An example of a thanksgiving prayer is Psalm 103Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies: Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel…

3. A prayer of asking is when you request of the Lord that He do something for you, for someone else, or something in a situation. You can want a new home, for someone’s marriage to be fixed, or for hunger or disease in a land to be removed. However, you must continue in prayer until such time that your own desires are exhausted so that the things which you ask are not God’s Will but rather your own. The experienced in prayer will be able to almost immediately “tune themselves into the frequency of the Holy Spirit” so that they will not have to exhaust time and energy on the (mostly vain) excercise of praying for their own wishes before they “get around” to praying God’s Will. A way to jump – start this process for the person new at “praying for real” is to allow your prayers to be motivated by a sermon that you heard a true preacher of God speak, or even better by what you read in your Bible that day that remained with you … if you have faith that God spoke to your spirit man and the Holy Spirit is giving you a burden on it, then that is what you can and should ask the Lord that it come to pass. An example of a prayer of asking is II Kings 19: 15 – 19And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God. Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands, And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them. Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only. Another example of a prayer of asking is I Kings 8:12-61.

4. Then you have prayers of intercession. These may in fact be the sorts of prayers that YHWH through the Holy Spirit will burden you to pray the most. If you are a spiritually mature individual – that is one full of love for God first with all your heart mind and strength and also love your neighbor as yourself – then you will resist the urge to dwell on your own desires and instead consider yourself fine (because you are, after all, GOING TO SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN AND THAT IS ALL THAT TRULY MATTERS) and will be primarily about the affairs of the Kingdom of Heaven and those that are either in it or not (yet) in it. Pastors in particular should spend a great deal of their time making prayers of intercession for their congregation – and also for other pastors. One can intercede for individuals, groups of people, entire nations, even people not yet born! But be careful: follow the Holy Spirit so that what you pray and speak be not against the Will of the Father. Perhaps the most touching example of intercessory prayer given in the Bible was when Jesus Christ told Peter that Satan desired to sift him as powder, but “I have prayed for you.” And the most heartbreaking example of the FAILURE of someone to give intercessory prayer was when Jesus Christ wanted Peter to pray for HIM while He was in the garden of Gethsemane under great torment, but Peter fell asleep! This exchange the night our Savior was given into the hand of the Jewish religious leaders who rejected Him so that He could be delivered to the Romans to be murdered on false charges – though it was the Will of the Father – shows the importance of intercessory prayer: lives and even eternal souls may depend on it! Examples of intercessory prayer are given in Ephesians 1:17 – 19: That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power and Colossians 1:9 – 13:”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; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: “.

5. The final type of prayer is perhaps the prayer least made: authoritative prayer. Remember: God gave man dominion and authority over the earth in Adam. Adam ceded rule over the earth to Satan when he sinned; it was not Satan’s to take but Adam’s to give and Adam freely gave it when he heeded his wife rather than obeyed God. Of course, Satan’s rule over the earth is not God’s Plan or Will, so as children of God we are to use the power of the Name and Blood of Jesus Christ and the Testimony of the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ to take back what is rightfully God’s. Some would say take back what is rightfully ours, but remember intercessory prayer: the things which we will be reclaiming will often not be for our own sakes, but rather on the behalf of souls lost and not yet found (including the souls themselves) and on souls that are temporarily weakened spiritually to the point where they cannot claim things that they desperately need for themselves. So, instead of worrying about “taking back what’s mine”, just “take back what’s God’s” (for everything is God’s, including not only that which is yours but also you yourself), and have faith that what God has stored up for you is included in it. A reason why prayers of authority are seldom given is because religion has told us that we are to be always meek, humble, submissive, and accepting. Yes, we are to be that way before God, but if we truly go before God, there are going to be times when God tells us to arise and go about His Business, as He did to Moses when He appeared to Moses as the flame in the bush. So Moses had to then stand up and take his place of authority as leader of the children of Israel and use that authority to take them under God’s direction out of Egypt (which spiritually was sin) and into Israel (which spiritually represents the Kingdom of Heaven) through the wilderness (which spiritually represents trials, tribulations, and tests on the way; whether to choose the wide path or the strait gate). Now again, as operating under the new covenant, God is going to use us through the Holy Spirit to take command of situations spiritually through prayer. While binding, rebuking, and casting out demons and sickness using the Name of Jesus Christ is a form of taking spiritual authority and thereby spiritual warfare, authoritative prayer is spiritual warfare in its purest, most powerful form, and therefore it is the hardest for even the most dedicated Christian to get into the habit of effectually doing so in faith when the Holy Spirit moves us to. The biggest barrier: religion tells us that such prayers are not to be, because when we pray in such a manner we are treading on territory that belongs to God alone; that we are supposed to ask God to take authority in these situations. While that sounds extremely virtuous to the spiritually immature – who by nature are afraid to approach God because they still consider themselves sinful and unreliable and therefore unworthy and unable to do God’s Will since they have not fully accepted through faith what Jesus Christ has done for and in them – what we must ALWAYS realize is that WE ARE TO OBEY GOD AND DO GOD’S WILL AND NOT OUR OWN! Those who follow God’s Will in every area will find themselves regularly doing things that run counter to their own expectations and notions of what it means to be a good Christian. You go then and do the same! An example of a prayer of authority is Acts 3:6 :”Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” In doing so, Peter was implementing what Jesus Christ told him in Mark 11: 22 – 24: “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” The key here is “what you desire when ye pray”, intimating that when you pray, you are praying in the Holy Spirit, and that your desires are now in harmony with and submission to the desire of the Holy Spirit. Many people take that verse to mean what they themselves desired BEFORE they started praying and became in harmony with God’s desire as put in their hearts by the Holy Spirit. Wrong teaching and willful misunderstanding of that verse is where you get nonsense such as “Christians” praying to have someone else’s wife and things of that nature. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge …”(Hosea 4:6 ).

Please study these, and moreover study your Bible so that you might come up with more prayers of these sorts. You can both repeat and recite these and other sorts of prayers at regular intervals and when you are Holy Spirit inspired, and you can use them is templates by which you can create your own prayers. And do not be selfish! Share your prayers that you find in the Bible with others. Write the prayers that the Holy Spirit inspires you to come up with and share them with others! This is very important, a great ministry activity that you can use to let God use you to help empower and encourage your fellowservants in Christ during these last and evil days.


Father God in the Name of Jesus Christ, I am claiming that your children will learn and use these types of prayers to become more effective and assertive in allowing You to use them to accomplish Your Will through them by their prayers, and that they would know the importance of their prayer ministry to You. In the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.  Deliverance:

The demons that work in this area is false doctrine and false teaching they cause people not to know how to pray as they ought, or the power of doing so. Please read the Basic Spiritual Warfare guide to learn more about how to go against these demons to help set captives free and win battles in the name of your God through the power, authority, and victory given to you by his Son Jesus Christ and by his blood shed for you!


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