What Is Prayer: Psalm 54:2
Prayer is spending time with God as you express your heart to Him. It is not a one way activity. When we speak to God in prayer, He listens. God speaks to our hearts and we listen to that still small voice.
Prayer is seeking and finding, searching with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
God listens when we pray, so we need to pay attention to what we are praying. (Matthew 6:7)That is why we must understand the types of prayers we can pray

Different Types of Prayer
  1. Thanksgiving (1 Thes. 5:18)
    When we pray we need to give thanks to God for all things in our life. Being thankful is being grateful for God’s protection, His provision, His blessings, and most of all for His Son. Sometimes things aren’t going well in our lives and frankly we don’t feel like praying let alone giving thanks, but we are commanded to give thanks in all circumstances.
  2. Petition
    The prayer of petition is when we ask God for the things we need, or think we need, in our life.  Petitions are usually self oriented … give us our daily bread, give us the things we need to survive:  a roof over our heads, employment etc.  When we pray a prayer of petition we are presenting our personal needs to our Heavenly Father, trusting Him to provide.
  3. Intercession
    Intercessory prayer is when we pray for the needs of someone else.  It is love on its knees in prayer, for others.
  4. Prevailing
    This type of prayer is fervent, insistent and consistent until a breakthrough takes place.  This can be a prayer for ourselves, our families, or for someone else. Example Believing for emotional or physical healing.
  5. Consecration
    When we pray a prayer of consecration, we are committing and dedicating of our life to God’s use.  To some this is a scary prayer because they are turning over their own personal will to that of the Lord. Jesus prayed a prayer of consecration  in Luke 22:42
6.Agreement
The Biblical principle that governs this type of prayer underscores the power of unity and harmony among Christians Matthew 18:19,20
When we pray the prayer of agreement, we cannot be casual in choosing a prayer partner.  We need to pray with someone whose basic viewpoints are the same as ours and who agrees with us on spiritual matters.
 7. Warfare Ephesians 6:12
A prayer of warfare battles against the spiritual forces of evil.  We should pray for alertness and insight into Satan’s tactics in our lives and in the lives of others.
A prayer of warfare also involves binding,loosing and using of Christs authority with all boldness.over It is before witnessing, teaching, or during periods demonic attack
While there are different types of prayer, there should also be different parts to your prayer.
Prayer is A.C.T.S.
A  -  Adoration
C  -  Confession
T  -  Thanksgiving
S  -  Supplication

Adoration means worship. Daniel 4:34-35
Begin your time of prayer by adoring and praising God.  Praise Him for who He is and for all that He has done for you.  God delights in your praises!
Confession is agreeing with God about the things that you have done wrong.  When you have done something that is not pleasing to God, tell Him what you have said, done or thought and ask Him to forgive you for these things, and then believe that He will.  1 John 1:9
Thanksgiving means being thankful to God.  Thank Him for His love, His protection, and His provision for you and your family Philippians 4:6.
Supplication should be the last part of your prayer.  This is praying for your needs and for the needs of others.  Remember to pray for your family, your friends, your pastor, government leaders, missionaries, etc. Ask God for His guidance and wisdom, and ask Him to show you ways and opportunities to serve Him.
Keep in mind that the ACTS model serves as a guide to help you, not a rigid formula to follow.
There are additional steps that will help.
Carve out a specific time to pray each day.
Pick a quiet place where you can be alone with God.
You will also find a special blessing if you begin your time by reading the Bible
Prayer needs to be personal.  We need to pray for ourselves and for others by name.

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