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Yesterday, I shared My Daily Bread, my rendition of The Lord’s Prayer. In this post I want to share six types of prayers that can save your soul from all types of troubles we face in this life.
Before delving into the types of prayers, keep in mind the following:
- God responds to faith, not emotion. So cry if you must, but at some point you have to put your feelings aside so you can pray the promises and Word of God.
- You cannot pray effectively with sin on your mind. There is provision for sin, so quickly repent then focus on the nature of God instead of your own nature.
- Pray out loud when you can!
- Prayer won’t get you out of everything, especially if you haven’t fed yourself with the Word.
- Be quiet and listen after you pray.
For other basic praying tips, check out Red-Flagging Your Prayers. (This is one of my most popular posts by the way…)
Life dishes all sorts of blows– some we see coming and others that we’d never imagine. In the past two months, I’ve had to turn down a home and a job that I really wanted, discovered that a third of my income was lost to me without any warning, suffered the loss of relationship with a close family member, and cared for a sick child when I had next to no money to provide for her. I have not been strong or even full of faith through it all, but fortunately, I knew how to pray myself through it AND call on others to keep us lifted in prayer.
Regardless of what happens in life, the right prayer will change your situation for the better.
Sometimes we simply pray the wrong thing and wonder why God isn’t moving. Now give yourself a gentle face palm, shake off the shame, and let’s prepare ourselves for life’s next battle… because it will come.
For each of the types of prayers below, I’ve added anecdotal evidence, scripture, and a simple prayer you can personalize. Long post… I know! But it’ll be here when you need it!
Prayer of Salvation
One of the first things we teach our children in Sunday school is that we are three-part beings. You are a spirit that possesses a soul (mind, will, intellect, and emotions) and lives in a body. The prayer of salvation is the prayer that invites Christ, the only provision God gave for reconciliation to Himself, to live in one’s heart AND places Him as Lord over the person’s life. Part of the prayer of salvation includes a confession of one’s sinful nature and the acceptance of Christ’s death as a ransom for your soul. Once you’ve prayed this prayer Christ takes up residence in your spirit (or heart, as we often call it), and so we are “saved.” Meanwhile, our souls which are full of anguish, turmoil, and all sorts of evil works have yet to be delivered. This is where the other prayers come in. Anyone who’s walked with Christ will tell you that it’s easy to get saved, but staying saved is another matter altogether.
[learn_more caption=”Pray this to receive Christ…”] God, I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus is Your Son and that He is God. I believe He died for me on Calvary to save me from sin and death. I give You my life and invite you into my heart. I now confess you as my Lord and I believe in my hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, so I am now saved. Spirit of God, I invite you into my being to lead and guide me. Fill me with Your presence and make it evident to me that You are with me. Change me for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.[/learn_more]
Prayer of Repentance
We are saved in our spirits immediately, but in our souls progressively. Because it takes time for the soul to be renewed, we must be willing to repent when we fall. My pastor says it best… “Repent means to go back to the top.” (Think “penthouse”… at the top!) Somewhere along the day, your thinking became skewed so by the time you were driving home from work, you’d forgotten what the Word had to say about guarding your mouth even though it was your morning devotion. So naturally, you cussed the non-driving old lady up one side and down the other. Oops! Oh my! Just as simple as it was to slip into that sinful act, slip right back out. Go back to the top! Go back to the high expectation! Go back to what the Word says! Next time it will be easier for you to make the choice to obey the Spirit.
[learn_more caption=”I Messed Up!”] Lord, I messed up. I’m sorry. Please forgive me and help me to do it right next time. I receive Your grace and Your righteousness, and put away my own. Thank you![/learn_more]
The “Right-Mind” Prayer
Philippians 2:5 admonishes us to think like Christ which Paul described in the previous four verses. “Let THIS mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” Truth be told, it’s hard to think like that ALL the time. When I’m in my right, Christlike mind, I will pray for those moments when I’m in my “I-wish-somebody-would” mind. For example, every three to four weeks my flesh likes to act up. When I feel those carnal wheels a-turning, I’ll pray. “Ok, Lord. I feel myself slipping. I need you to cover me. Block every trap the enemy has set, and don’t let me fall. Lord, even if I choose to do wrong I pray that You will intervene and keep me from falling. Let something get in the way, so I don’t sin against you. Keep me at all costs, even at the cost of myself.” Most of us won’t pray that though… But the Bible admonishes us to work out our own salvations with fear and trembling. I’d rather fear and tremble to prevent trouble, than to fall into trouble and fear and tremble from the damage I’ve caused.
[learn_more caption=”I’m about to slip…”] Father, my heart’s desire is to serve you in true and obedient service. Sometimes I get distracted by ________, and I want to go back to my old ways. But your Word says that he who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is unworthy of Your kingdom. So, I ask you to change my heart. Help me to receive the mind of Christ as I read your Word and seek You daily. Keep me out of trouble, and remove any one who does not mean me any good from my life. Lord, I ask You to keep me from falling…[/learn_more]
Seek and Find
It’s incredibly important that the Christ-follower keeps the heart pure particularly in times of trouble. When I pray this prayer, I simply ask the Lord to search me and show me if and where I’ve missed Him. When I tell you that He’s faithful to answer, I mean I will KNOW within 24 hours how that negativity slipped in. David often asked the Lord to search Him and to lead Him in the way everlasting. God knows what’s in our hearts, but often we are unaware of the iniquities and the strongholds that keep us bound. When you ask God to do a seek and find on your heart, be ready to face some harsh realities and to receive His love to deliver you from your shortcomings.
[learn_more caption=”Search me…”] Father, I feel something in me is not right. I’m angry/sad/grieved/lonely/horny and I know that this feeling is not from You. I ask to search me and show me what to do to be restored in my soul. Thank you. Now I open myself and quiet myself to hear from You.[/learn_more]
Straight from the Word
There are few prayers more powerful than those that come STRAIGHT from the Word. As I read my Bible, particularly the verses that contain blessings, I personalize it!! Lord, I’m blessed because I do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in teh path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scorners. But my delight is in You, and in Your Word, I will meditate day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2) That is soooo easy!!! God’s perfect will for us is represented in the Scripture even though we don’t always see it. Open your Bible and pray it over yourself and your family.
[learn_more caption=”Straight from the Bible…”] Even when I was dead in my trespasses, I am alive with Christ— by grace I have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward ME in Christ Jesus. For by grace I have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of my works, so that no one may boast. For I am Your workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that I should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:4-9)[/learn_more]
The “I Can’t Pray” Prayer
These three words got me through the hardest year of my life. Though I’d been raised in the church and knew more scripture than many twice my age, the Word was not alive in me because sin had eaten away at my faith. I could not pray anything good because I couldn’t see any good. So instead of problem-praying, the Lord only allowed me to say these three words. “I trust You.” If you can’t pray anything else, pray those words. If all you have to say is bad, JUST say those three words. I PROMISE you that God will move. Faith is trusting and leaning your entire personality on God. This prayer will put you on the path of restoration and healing.
[learn_more caption=”When Fewer Words Is Better…”] I trust You. I’m sorry. Forgive me. I need You. Help! I love You.[/learn_more]
All of these prayers, when added to faith, will give God something to work with in You. So often we think we can pray whatever to God, and He’s obligated to move on our behalf. This is not so. Many of our prayers go unanswered because we are out of His will and don’t know how to pray ourselves back into it.
This post may not be relevant to you now, but please… bookmark it for later and share with someone else. We need each other to survive this life and to move forward in Christ.
Many of the individuals we study in the Bible prayed several of these
types of prayers when they encountered trouble.Which story relates most to your struggle, and how did that person become free?
What prayer did he or she pray?
With love, sincerity, and hope for your future,
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