THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 3: The Four Kinds of Prayer
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: In trying times and in times of peace we pray. Let not the heart of the righteous be troubled. God hears the groans and the joy of the saints. Joy also comes in the morning, night and day to those that know God the Father and our Savior Christ Jesus.
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
Beloved as we go about our prayer life it is also important to know the kinds of prayer. With this understanding we can practice obedience to God regarding our conduct in prayer. Follow us now to the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus teaches about prayer (Matthew 6: 5-15). However our primary scripture will be found at verse 6. Thus our first kind of prayer that will be considered will be the Secret prayer.
Matthew 6: 6: “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thy hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Also see II Kings 4: 33 and Jeremiah 17: 10).
We may as God’s servants pray in public and in private. However we are not to offer a private prayer in a way to attract attention. Thus when we seek a private prayer we must seek a place that is private.
Our next prayer time is with the Family. Follow us now to the Book of Acts for several scripture references for this kind of prayer. At Acts 10 we see the story of Peter and Cornelius. These were the early days of Christianity and the Spirit of God was moving.
Acts 10: 2: “A devout man and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.” (Also see Genesis 18: 19 and Joshua 24:15).
Cornelius was a Gentile. Therefore he lived under the Patriarchal Dispensation; this is why he worshipped God in this manner which was appropriate. This Dispensation was prior to the Jewish Dispensation and the later Dispensation of Christ. Meanwhile the Jewish Dispensation had been lifted with Jesus going to the Cross. Meanwhile Cornelius was a devout member of the Patriarchal Dispensation. Our reference to Family Prayer is noted in the mention of his household. Now follow us over to verse 30 for an additional thought here.
Acts 10: 30: “And Cornelius said Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing.”
Our third consideration regarding the kinds of prayer is the Group Prayer. Follow us back to Matthew for a powerful message on this kind of prayer.
Matthew 18: 20: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
The truth of this verse is stated in verse 19. Here we see that those that gathered or come together in the name of Christ God is there. Also note that the name of Christ is confined to His Church since all authority and glory must be given him through that body. For a good reference on this point see Ephesians 3: 21. Furthermore we see that Jesus will always be present in the Spirit when ever any group of two or more followers assembles. This is according to the verse prior to our primary verse found at Matthew 18: 20 and II Corinthians 2: 10.
Our final and last kind of prayer is the Public Prayer. We will also see that this kind of prayer was first seen in the Spirit tongue. However we know that the Spiritual Gifts as witnessed by the Apostles and Elders have ended. Therefore no one during these days and times has the gift to speak in tongues are foreign languages. Now follow us to I Corinthians 14 for a word on this subject.
I Corinthians 14: 14-17: “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.”
“What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.”
“Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say A-men at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understand not what thou sayest?”
“For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.”
Verse 14 reveals that “my spirit” has reference to the spiritual gifts possessed by the one who is praying. For the record none liveth today with this gift. See Colossians 1:23. The Great Commission noted in Matthew 28: 19-20; Mark 16: 15-16 and Romans 10: 18 has been fulfilled by the Apostles. No uninspired man can preach the Gospel to every creature there are too many foreign languages. However this does not mean the Great Commission does not continue but it does not move in the manner of the days of the inspired Apostles blessed with the Spiritual Gifts of healing and Speaking in Tongues.
Meanwhile the phrase “my understanding,” relates to the one hearing the prayer. So if a man prays in an unknown tongue and the one hearing the prayer does not understand the tongue nothing is gained from the prayer.
As we proceed we refer you to verse 15. This verse is often mis-quoted to mean congregational singing. It did not mean congregational singing when Paul wrote nor does it apply to singing in the church today. Now look back at our explanation in the previous verse. Here again we see the exercise of the miraculous gifts and the spirit named is the Holy Spirit that was given to Christians in such measure that they could speak and sing with words that had not been revealed to others. All (the singer and audience) should be able to understand the words spoken or noted in song.
At verse 16 again we note that no one has the power to pray with the Spiritual Gifts today. But all should express their prayers that they may be heard by the congregation and understood. Therefore saying Amen when one has not heard the entire prayer is just as unscriptural as the one saying the prayer that was not heard.
Finally at verse 17 we note that a prayer rendered in a foreign tongue could be well constructed. But it would not edify the unlearned man specifically the man who did not understand the language spoken.
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press 24 June 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
John 15: 18: “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”
II Timothy 3: 12: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
Matthew 10: 22: “And ye shall be hated of all men for my names sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
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