heart that ... cares about the things God
Source: Diocese of Olympia
Is any one of you in trouble? Let him pray.
Is any one in good heart? Let him sing
praises. Is one of you ill? Let him send for
the elders of the church to pray over him
and anoint him with oil in the name of the
Lord; the prayer offered in faith will heal
the sick man, the Lord will restore him to
health, and if he has committed sins they
will be forgiven. — James 5: 13-15
Prayers for intercession and petition are an
ancient Christian tradition. Prayers of
intercession are part of every Episcopal
service. Informal prayer groups are
common in Episcopal and other Christian
churches. The laying on of hands and
anointing for healing of the sick is one of the
oldest and richest sacraments of the
Prayer is not an attempt to manipulate
God. In our age of instant gratification, we
need to be especially mindful of this fact....
Prayer and the sacrament of healing offer
ways to connect with God by opening our
hearts to a healing love that makes us
Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the
weary, bless the dying, soothe the
suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the
joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.
1. Prayer of Supplication
A passionate zeal and hunger fuels the prayer of supplication.
Jesus wants us to seek his riches. This is where the prayer of
supplication comes in. It is a prayer that all Christians should
regularly engage in. Ask God to give you a hunger to seek his face.
Notice that in the above three scriptures people were seeking (or
asked to seek) for something specific which meant a lot to them. Do
you desire to know God's will for your life? The prayer of
supplication can sometimes lead us into fasting. Nehemiah 1: 1-6
2. Prayer of intercession
*Genesis 18: 22 - 33 (Abraham) 1 Kings 18: 41 - 46 (Elijah) 2
Kings 4: 32-36 (Elisha) Acts 12: 1 - 18 (The early church)
To intercede means to plead or mediate on behalf of another
person. Jesus is interceding for us (Hebrews 7: 25) so is the Holy
Spirit praying for us and through us as we pray in the spirit.
(Romans 8: 26 - 27). When we take it upon ourselves to pray
earnestly for other people, we enter into the realm of intercession.
will, he heareth us: and if we know that
he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we
know that we have the petitions that
we desired of him. 1 John 5:14,15
The emphasis here is on God’s will, not
our will. When we communicate with
God, we don’t demand what we want,
rather we discuss with him what he
wants for us. If we align our prayers to
his will, he will listen; and we can be
certain that if he listens, he will give us a
definite answer. Start praying with
There are many types of prayer, such as
the prayer of thanksgiving and praise,
prayer of faith, prayer of agreement, the
prayer of supplication, and intercession,
along with many others. In Ephesians 6,
we are instructed to take the sword of
the Spirit, which is the Word of God and
pray at all times-on every occasion, in
every season-in the Spirit, with all
manner of prayer and entreaty (Eph 6:
18). In 1 Timothy 2, we are admonished
and urged that petitions, prayers,
intercessions and thanksgivings be
offered on behalf of all men (1 Tim 2:1).
Prayer based upon the Word rises above
the senses, contacts the Author of the
Word and sets His spiritual laws into
motion. Prayer is our responsibility!
Source: The Prayer Center
|Prayers, Song Prayers, Devotionals
4. Prayer of agreement
Genesis 11: 1-9, Matthew 18: 19-20, Exodus 17: 8-13, Psalm 133:
1-3, Acts 4:23, Hebrews 10: 24-25
The prayer of agreement is when two or more people come
together and agree with one another and with the Word of God
that something specific will be done. People that do not worship
God or indeed worship satan, can also stand in agreement and see
power released (Genesis 11: 1-9).
God has given power and authority to the Church and when we
stand together in unity we can see more of God's power released
(Matthew 28: 16-20). Unity is standing together with one purpose,
sharing a joint vision and trusting God's Word to be fulfilled. We
need to appreciate the power of unity if we are to see God's power
Mark 11:12 - 14, Mark 11: 20 - 25, Luke 7: 1 - 10, James 5: 13 -
18, Matthew 9: 18 - 26
...The prayer of faith is rooted in our confidence on God's Word.
The woman with the issue of blood (Matthew 9) knew that
touching Jesus would get her healed. Her faith gave her the
strength to press through the crowd. When you are sure that what
you are praying for is God's will the prayer of faith can be
employed. Unforgiveness (Mark 11: 25) and doubt (James 1: 5-8)
are the two greatest hindrances to the prayer of faith. Where the
prayer of supplication is seeking God's will, the prayer of faith is
knowing God's will, praying it and receiving it from Him.
5. Prayer of praise and thanksgiving
Psalm 100, Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 149:4-9, 1Thessalonians 5:15-19
Praise and worship bring us into the presence of God. When we
praise God in the midst of seemingly negative situations we are
affirming our faith in Him. This pleases God and helps our faith.
Praise and thanksgiving are powerful weapons to the believer. It
destroys the hold of [evil]... and unbelief over our life. Praise and
thanksgiving in effect disarm the two most deadly weapons to our
Christian walk; namely, unbelief and [evil].... These two things can
manifest in many different ways. No wonder the scriptures call
praise a two-edged sword! (Ps.149: 4-9)
sincere, and peaceable expressions of
faith. We welcome your contributions.