There are many types of prayers. If we are specific, the list could be endless, but in general most will agree there are seven or eight categories. (It depends on who's counting, but I count eight. Eight is always a nice number. It represents new beginnings in the Bible.) By some counts there are 650 prayers in the Bible. Prayer can be thought of as the breathing process of the Christian's soul. It is a form of exhaling, and offering up to God all our concerns as well as our praises. It is a pouring-out of the deepest emotions of our being. It begins with knowing that in Christ we are made worthy to come before God in prayer (Hebrews 4:14, 16) and believing that our gracious God hears every word and that He desires to respond to us according to His good nature and will. Through the Words of the Bible, God speaks to us. In prayer, we speak to God. We can be assured that God hears us, for in the Bible we are told:
- "I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill." (Psalm 3:4)
- "Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice." (Psalm 55:17)
- "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us." (1 John 5:14)
Seven Types of Prayer
Prayer of faith. All prayer should be of faith. However, there is also a category of faith prayer. It is a surrendering prayer of trust, most often in times when we are at our weakest. It is a prayer of utter dependence and submission, believing our God is sovereign and good. It is also a resting prayer of faith and trust, often when we do not even know what to ask or have not the words to speak.