Various Ways to Pray

by Wayne Green on April 02, 2020

EPHESIANS 6 (Good Word Translation)

  • 18 Pray always (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people). 19 And [pray] also for me, that [freedom of] utterance may be given me, that I may open my mouth to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news (the Gospel),
  • 18 Pray in the Spirit[d]in every situation. Use every kind of prayer and request there is. For the same reason be alert. Use every kind of effort and make every kind of request for all of God’s people. 19 Also pray that God will give me the right words to say. Then I will speak boldly when I reveal the mystery of the Good News. 20 Because I have already been doing this as Christ’s representative, I am in prison. So, pray that I speak about this Good News as boldly as I have to.
  • (Phillips New Testament translation)

                        Pray at all times with every kind of spiritual prayer,             keeping alert and persistent as you pray for all Christ’s men and women.

  • (The voice translation)

18 Pray always. Pray in the Spirit. Pray about everything in every way you know how! And keeping all this in mind, pray on behalf of God’s people. Keep on praying feverishly and be on the lookout until evil has been stayed19 And please pray for me. Pray that truth will be with me before I even open my mouth. Ask the Spirit to guide me while I boldly defend the mystery that is the good news—


  1. The weapons we use in spiritual warfare are not like the weapons that are used in the natural realm/this fight is not against flesh and blood the enemies we are fighting against are invisible enemies.

II Corinthians (passion translation)

  • 10, “3–4 For although we live in the natural realm, we don’t wage a military campaign employing human weapons, using manipulation to achieve our aims. Instead, our spiritualweapons are energized with divine power to effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide.[d] We can demolish every deceptive fantasy[e] that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought[f] and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish[g] any trace of rebellion, as soon as you choose complete obedience.[h]
  • Other translations of Ephesians 6:18 include:

“Use every kind of prayer….” (Goodspeed)
“Pray…with all manner of prayer….” (AMP)
“Pray…with all kinds of prayers….” (NIV)


  • “Praying (at all times) with all (kinds of) prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18).

At all times, whatever kind of prayer we pray, we are to pray ‘in the Spirit’ (calling upon His help).

  • A successful Christian life is based on prayer. We are to pray with all kinds of prayer. There are different kinds of prayer ALL of which are necessary.
  • We should know how to pray more than just one type of prayer (for example Matthew 6, “our Father). Each kind of prayer has different objectives rules or assignments
  • Some pray: ‘Lord, heal me if it is your will’, but that’s not biblical (it’s unbelief) because God has revealed His will to heal.
  • “But Jesus prayed ‘if it is your will”. Yes - but never in connection with healing’. There are different prayers for different occasions and seasons/it’s good to know the right kind of prayer for a situation
  • There are times to pray: ‘if it be Thy will’ - when we are not sure of His will and we’re seeking it. Clearly knowledge is required to pray right. We need to know HOW TO PRAY, how to pray accurately, using all the different kinds of prayer.
  • We do not pray once each day and then stop. We are to talk with God persistently and about all matters. Nothing is too big or too small to discuss with the Lord.
  1. In the book of Psalms, we get some insight into the approach that David always took in praying . In Psalm 4 we are reminded that he prayed before ending the day. In Psalm 5 we see him start his day in prayer. In Psalm 6 we see how he prayed in the aftermath of his failures. In Psalm 7 we read how David prayed when the pressure was on and he was under attack. In Psalm 8 he prayed when he thought of the creative power of God. In Psalm 9 we see that he prayed in times of joy. In Psalm 10 he prayed when he felt isolated.
  2. The disciples asked the Lord to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1)


Seven types of prayer:

  • Communion (All day all the time)
  • Supplication (Lifting up your needs)

Supplication (also known as petitioning) is a form of prayer, wherein one party humbly or earnestly asks another party to provide something, either for the party who is doing the supplicating (e.g., "Please spare my life.") or on behalf of someone else.

 And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there forever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

  • Intercession (On behalf of others)
  • Spiritual Warfare — There are two types: Dealing with yourself (Your mind is the battlefield) & (Repentance and Forgiveness); Dealing with Satan and demons (Putting on the Full Armor) & (Binding & Loosing)
  • Prayers of Agreement (Corporate Prayer)

In this prayer, two or more believers agree for the specific thing being prayed for. Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

  • Watch & Pray (Continual State of Awareness as a Watchman on the Wall)
  • Prayers of Thanksgiving (Count your Blessings name them one by one)
  • Blessing prayers Jacob’s prays blessing over Joseph's sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. Aaron and His Sons praying blessing on the People of Israel- The Lord bless you, keep you, The LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The LORD lifts his countenance upon you and give you peace. Moses blesses the twelve tribes - Deuteronomy 33. Jabez prayer of blessing King Solomon prays blessing over the whole congregation of Israel before dedicating the temple of God.
  • Prayers of dedication - King Solomon dedicate the temple of the Lord to be a place where God will put his name and heed to the prayers of His servants, when Israel is defeated before their enemies, when there are times of famine, drought, when a stranger prays. This is a great prayer model for new church buildings.
  • Prayers to move mountains - If you have obstacles, problems, circumstances that seem like mountains, that stand in the way of your view, then say to those mountains, be removed, and cast into the sea in the name of Jesus.
  • Prayers for those who choose to be Christ disciples The Last supper Jesus was with his disciples and prayed three specific things, to keep them from the evil, sanctify them through the Truth (Word of God) and that they be one even as He and the Father are one. You can pray this for yourself, other believers and new believers in the faith.
  • Praying in the spirit - Praying in the Spirit is praying according to how the Holy Spirit lead you to ver. having a long list of needs from the church. This is a different level of prayer. It is also praying in tongues. (Acts 2)
  • Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (Ephesians 6:18)
  • What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. (I Corinthians 14:15)
  • But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy GhostKeep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (Jude 1:20-21)
  • Romans 8, “And in a similar way, the Holy Spirit takes hold of us in our human frailty to empower us in our weakness. For example, at times we don’t even know how to pray, or know the best things to ask for. But the Holy Spirit rises up within us to super-intercede[x]on our behalf, pleading to God with emotional sighs[y] too deep for words. 27 God, the searcher of the heart, knows fully our longings,[z] yet he also understands the desires of the Spirit, because the Holy Spirit passionately pleads before God for us, his holy ones, in perfect harmony with God’s plan and our destiny.
  • Prayer of faith - This prayer is based on James 5:15- the prayer of faith shall save the sick and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall have forgiven himThis verse and the verses around this chapter gives instructions in taking care of the sick and praying the prayer of faith for those who are ill.
  1. Our attitude and posture when we pray
  • pray sincerely, know God’s will; be willing always to repent of your sins; forgive others; God will hear the cry of the sinner or unconverted; always seek God’s will; have faith in God; be persistent; pray fervently.
  • Remember there are different depths or dimensions in prayer (Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus John 11:38)



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