2017 Fasting Guide – Day Fourteen
LIVING EQUIPPED—CONNECT TO PEOPLE – EFFECTIVE PRAYER FOR YOUR LOVED ONES AND THOSE YOU INFLUENCE
There are many kinds of prayer. The Bible reveals many types of prayers and employs a variety of words to describe the practice.
These are the main types of prayers in the Bible:
The prayer of faith
The prayer of agreement (also known as corporate prayer)
The prayer of request (also known as supplication)
Part of winning the spiritual battle is that we do not just pray. We can pray the perfect prayers, with the perfect will of God, if we pray out the Word of God.
The prayer of thanksgiving
The prayer of worship
The prayer of worship is similar to the prayer of thanksgiving. The difference is that worship focuses on who God is; thanksgiving focuses on what God has done. David knew this importance, because God inhabits the praises of His people! Church leaders in Antioch prayed in this manner with fasting:
The prayer of consecration
Sometimes, prayer is a time of setting ourselves apart to follow God’s will. Jesus made such a prayer the night before His crucifixion:
The prayer of intercession
Many times, our prayers include requests for others as we intercede for them. We are told to make intercession “for everyone.”
1 Timothy 2:1 NKJV
Praying in the Spirit
The prayer of standing in the gap
In this prayer, we can stand in the gap for those who should be praying and asking God for forgiveness or guidance and repent on their behalf.
Here are three powerful examples of standing in the gap:
1) One of my favorite examples is Nehemiah:
2) But, of course, my favorite is Jesus, who stood in the gap for us.
He stood in the gap and prayed for Peter.
3) John 17 - All of John Chapter 17 – Jesus stands in the gap for His disciples and for us.
Please take the time to read this right now, and get this in your heart. I suggest the Passion Translation if you have it. If not, use your favorite version. I have found this kind of prayer to be quite effective for those who are stuck in a sin, or don’t see their need any more of turning from their wicked ways. It could be an addiction to lying, to adultery, to any form of alcohol or drug addiction, or even to things that satisfy the soul and not the spirit. Let me demonstrate the way this prayer would go.
Lord, I come to You, standing in the gap for (name the person and pray from this point on as though you were actually them). I ask You, Lord, to forgive me for not keeping You in Your proper position in my heart. I ask that You breathe new life upon me and give me strength to return to You as my first love (or to come to Him as Lord and Savior for the first time). I am sorry for my sins, and I thank You for Your unconditional love and forgiveness, in Jesus’ Name.
Now this prayer can go on as long as the Holy Spirit continues to help you see what is needed. Just keep praying it out. I have seen major turn-arounds from this type of prayer. Now you are more equipped in all these types of prayers. Please utilize them all, and let us experience the glory of His presence along with His divine intervention. Later, after Pentecost, the early Church “devoted themselves” to prayer.
As we grow in our love for Jesus Christ, we will naturally desire to talk to Him, and take the time to listen and OBEY. You are ready … It’s time to EQUIP OTHERS.