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HOW TO PRAY (As described in All Kinds of Prayer by J.R. Green, 2010)

Use God's Name
In God's Will
Use God's Word
Sticky Notes
Sentence Prayer
Bookmarks
Object Prayer
Prayer Walking
Yardstick Prayer
Psalmist
Doodles
Private Prayer
Public Prayer
Project Prayer
Cyber Prayer
Paste-n-Pray
Email
Acrostics
Sign Language
Teaching
For Blessing
Against Cancer
For a Miracle
Physical Bodies
In Power
In Praise
In Jesus's Name
Without Hindrance
For Direction
With Assurance
Against the Odds
When in Trouble
Blockers


1. Use God's Name

"And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." John 14:13

The Bible tells us that when the Lord met someone face to face, He would often reveal His nature through His Name. Praying those Names is a privilege granted those who have an intimate relationship with Him. These are but a few of the Names by which we know God's character:

1) Jehovah-jireh (Gen. 22:14) "He will PROVIDE whatever we need."
2) Jehovah-rophe (Ex. 15:26) "He is our Divine HEALER."
3) Jehovah-nissi (Ex. 17:15) "He is the BANNER under which we serve."
4) Jehovah-m'kaddesh (Lev. 20:8) "He is the One who makes Us HOLY."
5) Jehovah-shalom (Judges 6:24) "He is our PEACE in the midst of the storm."
6) Jehovah-tsidkenu (Jer. 23:5,6) "He is our RIGHTEOUSNESS."
7) Jehovah-rohi (Ps. 23) "He is our leader/protector like a SHEPHERD to his sheep."
8) Jehovah-shammah (Ez. 48:35) "He IS THERE, wherever we go." Back to top

2. In God's Will

"And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." I John 5:14-15

Praying for God's will to be done is good, but praying to know His will is another matter altogether. How can anyone but God know what He plans to do? That's where the Holy Bible comes into play.

God's word is filled with examples of people taking action and God's reaction to it. It tells us what consequences they faced for doing it wrong and what blessing was theirs for doing it His way. Can we depend on God to do today what He's demonstrated in the past? I think so. Malachi 3:6 tells us that He will not change. Conclusion: Know God's WAY and you can not only know how to pray but know His WILL. Back to top

3. Use God's Word

"Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I speak to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works." John 14:10

The simplest and most profound manner to pray is using God's word. We can do that by focusing on a particular need, attaching Scripture to it and praying or singing it back to God. The margin of my Bible is filled with examples of doing that. Once you start praying this way, if you're not already, you will find that both you and those for whom you pray will never be the same. Back to top

4. Sticky Notes

"Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." Dt. 6:9

In conjunction with using the word to pray, a person's name, the date and the verse prayed for them, can be written on a Post-it Note(R), and placed in your Bible beside the Scripture. But placing the note where it can be seen with your Bible closed, it will, not only be a reminder, but an anchor that can be moved later to a another page with a new prayer/promise. This is especially good for targeted prayer for a season. The note can eventually be moved to your journal containing answered prayer. Only ernest pray-ers find this method profitable. Back to top

5. Sentence Prayer

"And when you pray, do not keep on babling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words." Mt. 6:7

Words mean something and it doesn't take a lot of them to get your point across. With that in mind, I imagine the shortest prayer we can speak is "Help!" One of the most productive ways I found to pray is to see someone and pray for them with a single word, like "Peace." In my experience, when we approach anyone or anything in a spirit of prayer, God is already filling our mind with how to pray. If you do not have the urge to pray, it could be that your heart is not prepared to pray. God is ready when you are. Back to top

6. Bookmarks

"Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease." 2 Pet. 1:14

Everyone needs a reminder now and then. Many people use smart phone technology as their Bible and there's nothing wrong with that except there are no digital margins on which to write. Neither are there pages between which you can place something to mark your place and inform you of a prayer need. Peter left his Holy Spirit inspired messages behind when he died. What are you leaving behind? Back to top

7. Object Prayer

"Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife." Proverbs 17:1

Solomon asked God for wisdom to rule the people, and God gave him riches and discernment. But evidently, God gave him that and a lot more. He had imagination and ability to use anything to prompt him to prayer. When was the last time you picked up a saltine and prayed it? Here's a question: which came first, the desire to pray or a reason to pray? Back to top

8. Prayer Walking

"Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away." Gen. 5:24

There are many suppositions about what happened to Enoch, but Hebrews 11:5 confirms that he did not see death but was taken. Now I love to pray and I love to walk. Putting the two together seems a natural connection, but adding a personal rapture to the event and I'm in. It's notable that this kind of prayer provides the platform for at least four other "kinds" of prayer. Back to top

9. Yardstick

"I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told,'Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worhippers there. But exclude the outer court because it has been given to the Gentiles.'" Rev. 11:1-2

If I asked you the perimeter footage around your property, I doubt you could tell me and I'm fairly sure you'd want to know why I am asking. The verse above is but one place in Scripture where measuring things is the way to declare something belongs to God. Since there is no limit to what belongs to the Lord, measuring anything is how you can declare it belongs to the Lord. Now you have good reason to measure the property that houses you and your family. Back to top

10. Psalmist

"Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord." Eph. 5:19

A "psalm" is a sacred song or poem accompanied by a stringed musical instrument. Most of the biblical psalms were written by David who we call a psalmist. He was the consumate psalmist with perhaps the best known one being the 23rd chapter.

Do psalmists exist today? Show me someone who writes poetry to God, or lyrics to a song before singing it to the Lord and I'll show you a psalmist. Put those lyrics in a book for others to recite or sing and you have a book of Psalms. Sing those psalms to the Lord and you can be a psalmist too. Back to top

11. Doodles

"But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger." John 8:6b"

No one knows what Jesus was scribbling on the ground that day. The men wanted to trap Him with a legal question, but Jesus was more concerned about the woman they were using as bait. His pause gave time for Him to direct accusation back at the men prepared to stone her.

Doodle Prayer, as I call it, is anything you do on paper while you're thinking or praying. I've used it for years to write the name(s) of people for whom I'm praying alongside Scripture I am applying. As I hear the sermon or a song being sung, I might use a word and directional mark to point it to one of those prayer targets. Eventually the doodle makes it way to my prayer journal as legitimate prayer tender. Back to top

12. Private Prayer

"Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, 'Who do the crowds say I am?'" Luke 9:18

This verse is interpreted in different ways by Bible translators, but the one in the New International Version is the one I like. It gives the impression that I can be in public with a crowd of people and still have intimate private prayer with the Holy Spirit. I know this is possible because I do it all the time. It's hard to find a time when you can be alone in the middle of the day. For that reason, learning to pray in the midst of noise is vital.

The side effect of praying in private (around people) is having the benefit of speaking to God while listening to what's going on around you. Because of that, this kind of prayer is often whispered under your breath with your eyes open, while your hand is anchored on a verse in the Bible. Your other hand can be used to do subtle sign of what you're praying. This helps me to focus and also practice my PSL (To be explained later under the topic, Sign Language. Back to top

13. Public Prayer

"They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. Back to top

14. Project Prayer

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15. Cyber Prayer

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16. Paste-n-Pray

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17. Email

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18. Acrostics

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19. Sign Language

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20. Teaching

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21. Blessings

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22. Against Cancer

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23. Miracles

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24. Physical Body

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25. Power

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26. Praise

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27. In Jesus' Name

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28. Without Hindrance

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29. For Direction

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30. With Assurance

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31. Against the Odds

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32. When in Trouble

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34. Blockers

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