WARRIORS FOR CHRIST
‘IF GOD BE FOR US WHO CAN BE AGAINST US’
SESSION FOUR – HOW TO WRITE PRAYERS
I remember when I was first thinking of writing a prayer, I thought to myself ‘how can I write a prayer? little old me’. But anyone can write a prayer and it could fit right in with the Bible as long as you are led by the Holy Spirit when writing this prayer. You could slip it in with the psalms and no-one would know any difference, there is no difference between you and David or you and Isaiah or Elijah as they were all just human beings like you and me.
What should we write a prayer about?
We can start by asking for our hearts desire. God already knows what is in our heart but He wants you to voice out your heart’s desire and this way we will know that it is God Himself that has given exactly what we has asked for, IE: We then see the fruit of our prayers come to pass. If you take a long time writing out a prayer for a specific need and do some research then God will honour your prayer even more. Open your heart to Jesus, I have found that out of all prayers that I have asked God for I see the best results when I have prayed from my heart and in these times I have prayed sincerely and been 100 per cent honest with God.
Why write out a prayer?
If you write out a prayer then you can repeat this same prayer every day. You can also research the scriptures and place them in the prayer so you know that it lines up with God’s word and with His will for your life. You can also ask God what He himself would like you to pray about and what He would like you to write down and by writing this out you will then not have to struggle remembering what you have said and what it says in the Bible and what God Himself has said to you.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF PRAYER
1 Timothy 2:1 - I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.
To intercede means to plead or mediate on behalf of another person. Intercession will involve various degrees of supplication. Intercession is not normally a one-off prayer. It requires persistence.
To intercede means to plead or mediate on behalf of another person. Intercession will involve various degrees of supplication. Intercession is not normally a one-off prayer.
When we take it upon ourselves to pray earnestly for other people, we enter into the realm of intercession. To enter into intercession we must have a heart that really loves the Lord and cares about the things God cares about.
There are two places in scriptures where the Bible mentions Jesus is still interceding for us since his departure from this world.
Romans 8:34 - Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
Hebrews 7:25 - Therefore he is able to save completely[ those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them
He also prayed for us while on earth.
In John 17 Jesus prays to Be Glorified, He also prays for His Disciples and He prays for All Believers. Please read John17.
When God calls you to intercede for others he is granting you the privilege to partake in a heavenly ministry that Christ is involved in. What a honour!
There are millions of Christians worldwide who are quietly engaging in intercession for all kinds of things at one level or another. Are you one of them? Do not give up. Intercession it is a privilege that you should not take lightly. Be warned at a very high level of intersession you can take on the persons affliction in some form, you can suffer the same pain that they themselves are experiencing. Paul (Saul) did this for the Jews and gentiles alike and he rejoiced in this because his ultimate goal was to become more like Christ. But never pray for someone else’s illness to be brought upon yourself but whilst in prayer the Lord can sometimes burden you with another person’s sorrow.
Colossians 1:24 - Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.
Romans 8:26 - In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
Thanks giving prayers
Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Jesus taught us to pray by saying 'Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth'. Here lies the essence of thanksgiving. It is acknowledging God for who he is.
Praise and worship brings us into the presence of God. When we praise God in the mist of seemingly negative situations we are affirming our faith in Him. This pleases God and helps our faith. Thanking God in the good times also keeps our eyes focused on the source of our strength.
Praise and thanksgiving are powerful weapons to the believer. They destroy the hold of satan and unbelief over our life. Praise and thanksgiving in effect disarm the two most deadly weapons to our Christian walk: namely, unbelief and satanic attacks. These two things can manifest in many different ways. No wonder why the scriptures call praise a two edged sword.
Psalm 149: 4-9 - For the LORD takes delight in his people;
he crowns the humble with victory. Let his faithful people rejoice in this honour
and sing for joy on their beds. May the praise of God be in their mouths
and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations
and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters,
their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against them— this is the glory of all his faithful people.
Thanksgiving should be a regular part of our talking to God. Thanksgiving is an all-inclusive act that involves praise, worship and honour of God.
Thanksgiving should be a regular part of our talking to God. Thanksgiving is an all-inclusive act that involves praise, worship and honour of God. If we thank God in our bad times then how much more will thank God through our good times. If you are thanking God for something that has not come to pass yet then this in itself is a sign of great faith.
Prayer of dedication or submission
This is a prayer in which we submit to God’s will over and in our lives, we submit ourselves to God’s will, we give our heart to God and our time to God and our talents to God, as He gave us all these things in the first place. Remember that we must make Jesus the Lord of our lives as well as our Saviour.
Romans 12:1- So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.
Matthew 6:10 - Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Facing imminent death, his flesh recoiled at the torture that awaited him. Jesus strengthened himself with prayer. The prayer of consecration is a humble submission to the will of God. This is not always easy. After the Apostles had just been whipped for their faith they immediately rededicated themselves to God's will with prayer.
If God leads you into an area of ministry or work that is difficult it will take the prayer of consecration for you to fulfil it. The same is true of living a holy life. The prayer of consecration is asking for the strength to accomplish his will with his power. The prayer of consecration is expedient for all maturing Christians. Ask God’s direction and His will for all things in your life. You are His sheep and He is your shepherd.
Luke 22:39-42 - Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”
Prayer of Faith
All prayer relies on our faith in God. Although the phrase 'prayer of faith' is commonly used, the reality is that all prayer is by faith in God. The prayer of faith is rooted in our confidence in God's Word. The woman with the issue of blood knew that touching Jesus would get her healed. Her faith made way for healing to touch her. When you are sure that what you are praying for is God's will for you, the prayer of faith should be utilized. Matthew 9:20-22 - And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.
A prayer agreement
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. 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. 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 released.
The prayer of agreement always involves the prayer of faith. All prayer is by faith. The agreement brings more faith into action and this is why is so powerful. Getting people to agree with you in prayer is a powerful act. So if a person is praying and you agree with what they are saying and it lines up with God’s will then verbally out loud agree with them and this in itself will strengthen the prayer.
Matthew 18:18-20 - I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
Ephesians 6:18 - Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
This translated means prayer with supplication, petition or request.
Supplication means to petition or entreat someone for something. A passionate zeal and hunger fuels the prayer of supplication.
Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Supplications and petitions can occur in any prayer. Some people think that supplication can only accompany prayer when we are interceding for other people. This is not true as we can see in the life of Hannah. Supplications went with her prayer as she asked God for a child.
1 Samuel 1:9-13 - Then Hannah rose after eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the temple of the LORD. She, greatly distressed, prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly. She made a vow and said, "O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head."
When you need something desperately, either for your country of for yourself or even someone else you will add supplications to your prayers. If you have never seen the need to earnestly seek God for something - maybe to know him more or for God to come to the aid of someone else, then you have missed out on an essential part of prayer.
Supplications are requests that come from a heart crying out to God. The prayer of supplication can sometimes lead us into fasting.
Supplications draw us close to God and take the weight off our shoulders. You can ask Jesus to take all your problems and worries onto His shoulders for you.
There are lots of different kinds of things that you could ask for; you could pray for healing of the body and the mind, you can pray for a job or even money; that is if you cannot pay your bills or if you do not have enough money to eat. You could pray for God to enlarge your borders and by this I mean for God Himself to help you preach the word to even more people. You can pray to be blessed so that you yourself can bless even more people. You can pray for the fire of God to fill your cup and by this I mean the Holy Spirit to fill your body so that you can then yourself through God will fill other people with the fire of God. You can pray for the fruits and the gifts. The gifts are free and these for the benefit of other people like the gift of healing or the gift of miracles. The fruits are a little different;
The fruits explained
The vine is Jesus Christ and we are grafted on to the vine as a branch, the fruit is the Holy Spirit. The fruit is produced by a moulding process which usually comes in the form of a test or as trial. For example if you pray or more patience then expect a test or tests of impatience, so be warned that by praying for fruits that these will come by way of tests but this process is necessary for the change in you to take place, to rid yourself of your old nature and to replace this with the nature of Jesus Christ. This is a very slow process and the people around you will start to see the change but the people that have been close to you all your life, like your family for example will not always accept the change. The tests and trials is the way that God prunes you, if you have passed some tests on becoming patient then God will allow a greater test to come so that you will become impatient again because of this test. You will then be tested again and again until you learn to be even more patient than before. When you prune a plant for a time it will lose its fruit but in the next season there will be even more fruit and the tree will flourish.Try writing a Prayer for yourself – write a prayer of petition
Things to remember:-
What do you want? - Lord I would like …..
What do you want God to do? – Lord it says in Your word ……
Why is this important? – Lord this will help me ………
Things to include in your prayer
1. Call on the Holy Spirit to help you and ask God what He would like you to say in your prayer and also include this in your prayer; Gods word directly to you.
2. Ask God for your heart’s desire.
3. Use God’s word. EG: if you are writing about receiving a healing then you could add ‘it says in Your word that by Your stripes I am healed. So do some research!
4. Remember to thank God for what you are asking for because if it lines up with His will in your life then it has already been granted to you and all you need to do now is ask. So include this at the end of your prayer.