How to Pray: Four Types of Prayer

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(Sorry about the short post, it was my first day of school today…)

Hi everyone!

Today I have the next installment in our prayer series. I want to start getting a little less theological and talk more about the practical side of things: how we pray, what to pray for, and other things like that.

Especially if you’re a relatively new Christian or just getting serious about your faith, you might be a little confused about the basic elements. How often are you supposed to seriously pray? What are you supposed to pray for? How do you keep track of prayers so you can tell when they’ve been answered?

First of all, there is no right way to pray. Everyone is different, and everyone develops their own way of going about it.

That said, it is still definitely good to try and balance your prayers. Here are four types of prayers that we will focus more in-depth on in future posts:

1. Adoration

Adoration means praising God. This is important so that we can remind ourselves of who He is and grow to love Him more.

2. Confession

Confession means telling your sins to God. It can be a very humbling experience to actually list out all of the ways you fail from day to day, and it is equally important to receive forgiveness from God.

3. Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is (predictably) thanking God for your blessings. This balances out all of the things you ask for and helps remind you that God has given you many things already.

4. Supplication

Supplication is the part most people know, where you ask God for things you want for you and others. This is the most common part, and it is very important as well, because prayer is powerful and you can do things.

It’s important to remember that God is not a wish-granting genie. As powerful as prayers of supplication can be, you have to balance them with the other types of prayer as well.

In the coming weeks, we will be looking at each one of these more in-depth. See you on Thursday!

love, grace

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