“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
There is nothing like getting around people that when they pray it seems as though Heaven opens its doors wide to get ready to answer the request. There is little doubt in my mind that many believers desire a prayer life that changes things around them. In the Book of Luke, there are several prayers recorded that were life-changing prayers. Let me share with you what types of prayers these were so that you can have a productive prayer life.
The first type of prayer is a persistent prayer. In the verse above, Jesus commands the believer that “men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” You will find very few prayers answered if you are not persistently bringing your petitions to God. Just like the squeaky hinge gets the oil, so the persistent and fervent prayer gets the answer.
The second type of prayer is a humble prayer. When the Pharisee walked into the temple to pray, he was filled with arrogance and pride, and used his prayer as a display of his spirituality, but only revealed his lack of spirituality. The publican wouldn’t even look up to God because he knew he was not worthy to pray. You will have a better chance of getting God’s attention in your prayer life if you enter His presence in humility. Remember that the only reason you have the privilege to talk to God is because of Jesus Christ.
The third type of prayer is an honest prayer. The publican was not only humble, but he was also honest. Don’t try to convince God of why your prayer is spiritual; instead, be honest with God and tell Him exactly why you are asking Him for your petition. You can’t fool God and your intentions for what you are asking, so it is best to be honest with Him about your petition.
The fourth type of prayer is an intercessory prayer. In Luke 22:32, Jesus let Peter know that He had prayed for him. When your prayers become more about others than they are about you is when you will find God answer more of your prayers. Yes, you should pray for your needs, but most of your prayers should be about praying for others.
The fifth type of prayer is a preventative prayers. God told the disciples to pray lest they enter into temptation. A preventative prayer life will keep you from having to ask God for a major overhaul in every prayer. God has the power to keep you from sin, so why not ask Him to help you stay away from those temptations that may tempt you?
The sixth type of prayer is an agonizing prayer. Jesus was so captivated by His prayer that His sweat was as great drops of blood falling to the ground. The indifferent and heartless prayer has never made a difference, but the agonizing and fervent prayer is always the prayer that results in making a difference.
The seventh type of prayer is the yielding prayer. The last prayer Jesus prayed on the cross was, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit…” When you are willing to yield your prayers to the Father’s plan is when your prayers will make a difference in the lives of others. Too many people want their prayer answered their way, when your desire should be to ask God to answer your prayer according to His will. When you are willing to yield to the Father’s will in your prayers is when He can do the most through your prayers and your life.