7 Different Types of Prayer from the Bible
In the Bible, we see several different prayer types on display. Here are seven types of prayer for you to learn to take your prayer life to the next level…
There is no “one right way to pray.” We see several different types of prayer on display in the Bible. A strong prayer life incorporates many different types of prayer because we will face many different situations in our lives. Here are seven different types of prayer for you to learn and master to take your prayer life to the next level…
7 Types of Prayer
The first of these seven types of prayer is adoration. Adoration is praising God for who He is. God is the Lord of all and deserves our praise because of that alone. Psalm 99:5 encourages us to exalt the Lord because he is holy. It is good to recognize the Lord for who He is in your prayer life — His power, mercy, love, and more. Check out these three prayers from the Bible for examples of adoration:
1 Kings 8:22-24
The next prayer type is lament. God wants us to bring our fears, doubts, and despair to Him. In 1 Peter 5:7, we are told to cast all our anxieties on Him. We see countless examples of lament in the Bible, where faithful followers of God wrestled with doubts, difficulty, and even depression. An entire book of the Bible is called Lamentations, after all! Check out these three prayers from the Bible for examples of lament or sorrow and how we can approach the Lord while feeling this way.
Thanksgiving is the next of the types of prayer. Similar to adoration, but thanksgiving is giving God praise for what He has done. God has done so much for each of us, not the least of which is sending Christ to save us from our sins. When praying, think of the things that God has done in your life and recognize Him for that by giving thanks. This will also help you build an attitude of gratitude in your daily life. Check out these three prayers from the Bible for examples of thanksgiving.
1 Samuel 2:1–10
The fourth of the types of prayer is petition. Petition is what many people imagine when they think about prayer. It means asking God for something, whether for yourself or someone else. And God certainly wants us to do this! Philippians 4:6 tells us to let our requests be known to God. But prayer is not just about asking God to do things for us — it’s just one of the many ways that He wants us to communicate with Him. Check out these three prayers from the Bible for examples of petition.
1 Timothy 2:1-4
The next prayer type is deliverance. Prayers of deliverance are similar to prayers of petition. They are requests made to God to save us or others from difficult or even dangerous situations. But they are also an acknowledgement that we can do nothing apart from God, and that He has the power to save. These prayers are all over the Bible — especially in King David’s Psalms. Check out these three prayers from the Bible for examples of prayers for deliverance.
The sixth type of prayer is contrition. Contrition is the feeling of remorse and the desire to repent of sin. You are probably familiar with prayers like this, ones that ask God for forgiveness for things we have done. They are important prayers that allow us to confess our wrongdoing and reconnect with our forgiving Heavenly Father. Psalm 51 tells us that when we mess up, God desires “a broken and contrite heart” from us. Check out these three prayers from the Bible for examples of prayers of contrition or asking for forgiveness.
The last of the types of prayer that we will cover are prayers for guidance. Similar to prayers for deliverance, these conversations with God allow us to acknowledge God’s sovereignty. We can express that He knows best and that we trust him to direct our lives when we ask Him for guidance. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us that we should not lean on our own understanding, but instead trust in the Lord with all our heart. Check out these three prayers from the Bible for examples of prayers for guidance.
1 Kings 3:4-9
The Lord's Prayer
Remember, a strong prayer life will regularly incorporate these seven different types of prayer in your conversations with God. For an example of this, look no further than Jesus’ prayer in Luke 11:1-4, commonly referred to as the Lord’s Prayer:
“Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’ And he said to them, ‘When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.’”
Can you identify the different types of prayer included in that single prayer?
Hopefully, by identifying these different types of prayer, you will be able to strengthen your prayer life!
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