Types of Prayer3
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (NKJ)
· In everything… I have seen the overly spiritual christian that prays about common things, or uses praying as an excuse not to do something, but I think over all we pray too little! James 4:2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss,(NKJ)
· Remenmber we said that there is a battle for your minds, especially I this city? Well here is our guard for our minds and hearts! Prayer.
9 "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
10 "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (NKJ)
Asking = Petitioning Seeking = Devotional Knocking = Intercession
· In time though we begin to mature and to desire more. The newness of our experience is no longer as strong, so we may think we are slipping away from God. What is actually happening is that we are being weaned or taken off the baby bottle and are being prepared for adult food. This is where we must enter into a deeper walk with the Lord through the Holy Spirit. Once we begin our deeper personal relationship with the Lord we begin to feel what he feels. We can no longer allow things to remain the same and then we take the third step, we volunteer in the army of prayer and intercession. So Intercession is the third level of Prayer in which we share the burden of Christ for a person, a circumstance or need in the world. Intercession is the place of prayer where we share in Christ’s suffering. It is the place of knocking till a door is opened.
10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
It is the power of his resurrection that garantees the answer to our prayers of Petition. We seek Him to know Him truly. Lastly we share in the fellowship of his sufferings.
What hurts the Lord hurts us! The things happening in the world to God’s children are felt by the Lord Jesus Christ. His heart is heavy for the lost.
· A door is used as a representation of entering into a spiritual place, or experience or opportunity.
5 And He said to them, "Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves;
6 'for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him';
7 "and he will answer from within and say, 'Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you'?
8 "I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
· Persistance in itself is necessary for all three types of prayer! But here we want to focus on opening a door!
· The door to preach the Gospel:
3 meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, 2 Cor 2:12, 1 Cor 16:9
· The door to peoples hearts:
20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. (NKJ)
5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. 6 And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. 7 Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, "Arise quickly!" And his chains fell off his hands. 8 Then the angel said to him, "Gird yourself and tie on your sandals"; and so he did. And he said to him, "Put on your garment and follow me." 9 So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.11 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, "Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people."12 So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer.14 When she recognized Peter's voice, because of her gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter stood before the gate.15 But they said to her, "You are beside yourself!" Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, "It is his angel."16 Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.(it was easier to get out of prison than to get into this prayer meeting)