Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Why We Pray and the 12 Forms of Prayer

This post may contain affiliate links

Why We Pray and the 12 Forms of Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,
I pray for anyone reading this post right now. I pray that this post brings them insight and blesses them. I pray for any of their needs that they will be met. I also pray for any of their prayer requests. Please forgive us of our sins. We thank you for being such a loving, forgiving, merciful, and wonderful God! We praise your holy name.
In your name, I pray, Amen.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people. Ephesians 6:18“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions will all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. -Ephesians 6:18

Prayer is important. If we have time to worry or stress, we have time to pray. One prayer can change everything. When you pray, don’t make God small. Remember that God is big, he’s bigger than any mountain we are facing.

Why do we pray?

There are many reasons why we pray and should pray. Praying is a vital part of our Christian walk, getting to know God and growing deeper in our walk with God. Here are some reasons why we pray:

1. We are God’s Children and should have a close relationship with Heavenly Father.
2. Ask for forgiveness of our sins and receive God’s Forgiveness.
3. We give thanks to God for all he’s done in our lives and for our many blessings
4. It helps us call on God, Depend on Him and trust in Him.
5. It gets our hearts ready for what God wants us to do in our lives and what he wants to for us.
6. Gives us an opportunity to listen to God
7. We can pray for God’s guidance.
8. We can make requests, pray for our needs and desires spiritually, physically and mentally.
9. We ask for God’s blessings.
10. We get to Praise God.
11. Show God in one way that we love him.

“Prayer is not just asking it’s listening to God’s orders.” -Billy Graham
Prayer is not just asking it's listening to God's orders. Billy Graham

Praying should come easily and it’s something we should and can do all day long. When you wake up, before you get up, say a prayer to God thanking him for waking you up and letting you live to see another day. Throughout the day you can pray over your family, friends, coworkers, marriage, home, anyone you come in contact with, your job, your finances, your blessings, pray over your food, safety, yourself, praise God, thank God, love on God, and worship God. Pray for your struggle. Pray for the nation and our president. Pray for guidance. When God puts someone on your mind, pray for them.

When you go to pray, make sure that nothing will hinder your prayer. If you’re angry at someone, forgive them or ask for forgiveness. If you’ve sinned, ask God sincerely for forgiveness. If you are praying and need answers, don’t doubt that God will answer your prayer. (More on this in a bit). Don’t ask for things with the wrong intention.

How does God answer prayers:

God answers prayer in a few ways. We need to listen and accept his answer. We may want something really bad, but our wants don’t always mean God’s desire and will. Pray for discernment and wisdom to know God’s answer. Seek his answer and accept it. Here are four ways God answers prayers:

1. With a yes: He will provide for your needs What you asked for is done.
2. With a no: God knows best for our lives and when God tells you no it isn’t a bad thing. God is leading you to something better.
3. With a not yet: God’s timing is perfect, so be patient and let God do his thing. Trust that God’s timing is perfect.
4. With silence: This silence is meant to help us draw nearer to God. To help us trust in him and wait. While we’re waiting we can pray and praise him.

God listens to every prayer and will answer with his perfect answe in his perfect timing.God listens to every prayer and will answer with his perfect answer in his perfect timing. We need to listen to his answer and accept what his answer is.

“But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” -Psalm 66:19

“My prayer is that when I die, all of hell rejoices that I am out of the fight.” -C.S. Lewis

There are 12 forms of prayer:

We can pray in 12 different ways. Most of the time we pray in petition or supplication. We need to remember to thank God, praise God, intervene and pray for others, and have faith.
12 Forms of Prayer: Adoration & Blessing, Communion, Petition, Supplication, Intercession, Thanksgiving, Praise, Spiritual Warfare, Agreement, Faith, Consecration, Watch and Pray
1. Adoration and Blessing: Adoration is a deep love and respect, a form of worship. (Psalm 84:11, Luke 4:7). A blessing is God’s favor and protection. (Nehemiah 1:11)
2. Communion: Communion is sharing or exchanging your intimate thoughts and feelings with God, all day, all the time. (Psalm 72:15, 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
3. Petition: Petition is your formal request to God with respect for a particular cause. (1 Timothy 2:1)
4. Supplication: Supplication is when you ask or beg for something earnestly or humbly. Lifting up your needs. (Psalm 119:170, Matthew 6:9-13)
5. Intercession: Intervening and praying on behalf of another person. (1 Timothy 2:1, John 17, 2 Corinthians 1:11)
6. Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving is an expression of gratitude to God (Philippians 4:16, 1 Timothy 2:1, and a lot of the Psalms have thanksgiving prayers)
7. Praise: Praise is when you express admiration, respect, and gratitude toward God. (Acts 13:2-3)
8. Spiritual Warfare: Spiritual Warfare is when our Spirit engages in or is involved in war or conflict with your own mind or when dealing with Satan and demons. (Ephesians 6:11-12, Romans 7:23, Hebrews 2:15)
9. Agreement: Agreement is when you are in harmony or accordance in opinion or feeling with the person you are praying with or in agreement with God. (Acts 1:14, Acts 2:42)
10. Faith: Faith is complete trust, confidence, or a strong belief in God. (James 5:15)
11. Consecration: Consecration is making or declaring something. (Matthew 26:39, 1 Timothy 4:5)
12. Watch and Pray: Watch and Pray is when you are constantly aware and praying. (Matthew 26:41, Mark 14:38, Luke 21:36)

Subscribe to our mailing list to get a FREE Bible Tracker!

* indicates required

Put on the full armor of GodBeing a prayer warrior:

“Be a prayer warrior, not a panicked worrier.” -Ann Voskamp

Prayer warriors are committed to praying for others(Colossians 4:2), they are engaged in Spiritual warfare against Satan and demons, they study the word daily, they have faith that God will answer their prayers, and they discern the enemy's schemes.

Praise be to the Lord my rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. -Psalm 144:1
Spiritual battles are taking place all the time. We are called by God to be prayer warriors. We must answer God’s call. We need to take action and constantly pray. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Put on the armor of God, see what’s happening from God’s perspective, and resist the enemy.
We need to intercede for others before God. Fight the good fight. We need prayer warriors more now than ever before.


We should pray every day, throughout the day. While we pray we should be listening for God’s response. We are children of God and should have a desire to talk to him. When we are waiting for answers we need to listen and accept what God is telling us because he knows best. We can pray in 12 different ways: Adoration & Blessing, Communion, Petition, Supplication, Intercession, Thanksgiving, Praise, Spiritual Warfare, Agreement, Faith, Consecration, and Watch & Pray. It is important to be a prayer warrior. God calls us all to be prayer warriors. Let’s step into our prayer closet, get on our knees and pray.

How often do you pray? Do you take the time to listen to God's response? Comment below.

Prayer request: If you have a prayer request please submit this form.


  1. Very helpful post! Prayer is something I am just getting into it and it is good to know the different types. Do you feel that the words are more powerful if you speak them aloud or can you say them in your head? Do you need to position your body in a certain way and close your eyes or can you be anywhere (i.e. driving, walking, etc.)?

    1. Hi Kate! f
      Your words are just as powerful saying them in your head. God also hears your heart, when you can't speak the words. You can walk, drive, work, work out, do whatever and be praying at the same time. God wants you to talk to him anywhere at anytime! :)