Earlier this week in our midweek Bible study, we learn about Moses and the burning bush. At some point in this passage of Exodus 3, Moses doubted God. The question of the day is not do we doubt God but how many times do we doubt God?
If you say you don’t doubt God, you were a better man than me but let me give you an example that may remind you that everybody doubts God at some point in time. Do you pray to God every time you have a situation? Do you pray to God every time you have a decision to make? If you don’t pray to God in the situation, then you’re saying you doubt God. You are doubting God, because you feel he is not important enough take the decisions or situation to him every time.
But for those of us that do take our challenges to God or the bible, I read somewhere recently, the most popular passage in a survey by Amazon, the Kindle users call upon is this verse:
Be careful with nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
It is industry acceptance that the Apostle Paul wrote this book of the bible while incarcerated in Philippians about AD 62. He was addressing a Christian congregation he had formed in Macedonia. Joy in the Christian life is all about perspective. True joy is not based on circumstances. The key to lasting contentment is found through a relationship with Jesus Christ. This is the divine perspective Paul wanted to communicate in his letter to the Philippians
So, when we have a decision or challenge, no matter how big or small, we need to take it to God. It says we take everything to prayer. The prayer should consist of adoration, confession, thanks, and supplication or intercession.
1 Timothy 2:1
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
Others feel that there are five types of prayers. These include blessing, praise, thanksgiving, petition, intercession.
Blessing is where we are asking for God’s power and protection, upon a person, a place, an object or activity. Prayers at mealtime to bless the food or prayer at the start of an activity for protection and at the end for the blessing.
Praise is a prayer in which we give glory to God because He is God. This us the same as adoration above.
Thanksgiving is a prayer where we offer thanksgiving to God for all the blessings, he has given us. I am sure we were all talk to say thank you when given something, so why not for all that God has given us. Petition is asking God for a favor.
Petition is asking God for requests on your behalf. These would be those situations or challenges that involve you.
Finally, Intercession is making requests on behalf of others. This is where you pray to God for others that are facing decisions or challenges.
Take this one step further, there are others that feel that there are seven types of prayer. These include communion, supplication, intercession, spiritual warfare, prayers of agreement, watch & pray, and prayers of thanksgiving.
Communion prayer is to be prayed all day – all time. This is a prayer to God for remembrance and reflection.
Supplication or intercession is again making requests on behalf of others. This is where you pray to God for others that are facing decisions or challenges.
Spiritual warfare has two types of prayers. The first you are dealing with yourself where your mind is the battlefield & asking for forgiveness and repentance. The second is you are dealing with Satin and demons.
Prayers of agreement is also known as corporate prayer. This is praying with other people in small groups or in larger bodies of people.
Church prayer may be considered a corporate prayer but when we send off a missionary, we have people lay hands on the missionary for prayer.
Watch & pray is a continual state of awareness as a watchman on the wall. This can only be describing as being awake and on guard all our waking hours so that we can see sin at our door.
The last one in this group is prayers of thanksgiving. It is stated that you are to list these one by one. God knows what you are thankful for but wants you to tell him one by one.
No matter which way you choose to pray, the one common denominator was God.
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
So, take all your decisions and challenges to God. Remember He already knows what you are facing but wants to hear it from you.