Prayer is the key in Christian life. However people became frustrated with prayer simply because they may not understand exactly how to pray regarding certain matters and when God isn't responding to them in the manner they are hoping He will. They assume God doesn’t want to respond to their prayers. NOT Necessarily so- understanding how to pray wisely in each situation is so important to a more vibrant, fruitful, God glorifying prayer life.
Paul encouraged the Ephesians about prayers “keep on praying in the spirit, with every kind of prayer and entreaty, at every opportunity be ever on the alert with perfect devotion and entreaty for all God’s people”. Ephesians 6:8.
There are different kinds of prayer for different needs we have in life. And there varying rules that govern the different kinds of prayer that we use. Many times people treat all prayer the same and do not realize that different rules apply according to whom we are praying for and what we are praying about. Sometimes it is our lack of effective praying or lack of praying gets unfruitful results, this is due to praying certain things using wrong rules for that type of prayer.
We could compare the rules of praying with the rules that govern the different sports that are played. It could be unwise to play basketball with tennis rules or football using basketball rules. But that is what we do in prayer. People sometimes pray about the right thing the wrong way and then do not get answers and wonder why God did not hear their prayer. Most of the times it is not God’s lack of hearing at all it is our lack of following the rules needed to get an answer for a given request.
Therefore the next few weeks we will talk about seven different kinds of prayer and the rules that apply to them. We will talk about prayer of faith or petition, supplications, intercession, consecration, agreement, united praying and praying in the spirit.
To be Continued …………