Learning to Talk with God
If God is our BFF (best friend forever), then it is important to understand how to talk with Him. We communicate with God through prayer. Whenever you pray, you should know why you are praying and what you are praying for. Your faith must be developed to a point where you can trust in God to answer your prayers according to His will for our lives, otherwise why would you pray if you don’t believe God will answer.
The Bible teaches us in Phil 4:4 to cast all our cares to God in prayer, making our requests known to Him with an attitude of thanksgiving. In other words, we are to ask God for what we need and then trust Him to meet our needs. God may not answer our prayers when we want, or even how we want…but He will always answer. The answer may not be apparent to us, and sometimes it feels like He has not heard us or ignored us. What we must always keep in mind is that God’s ways are higher than our ways and therefore, how He ‘answers’ our prayers, will also operate on a heavenly and supernatural level that reveals and carries out His best intentions and plans for our lives.
With knowledge of our covenant rights with God and aligning ourselves with His divine will, we have the blessed assurance that will always hear us. There are many different types of prayers to use in different situations. Listed below are a few to consider:
Prayer of Faith. The Prayer of Faith should always be based on God’s revealed will, which is found in His Word. This requires boldly declaring the Word of God over one’s situation. Instead of praying “God, please heal me” one should pray, “Lord, your Word declares that by Your stripes, I am healed!” You are declaring what you already know to be true based on God’s Word.
Prayer of Commitment. 1 Pet 5:7 tells us we should pray “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” This kind of prayer declares your decision to give all of your problems, fears, and doubts to God. It is a conscious refusal to worry or have anxiety. This type of prayer has two parts: 1) stating all of your requests to God, and 2) trusting God to handle each request without help or interference from you.
Prayer of Agreement. I believe this is the most powerful type of prayer. Matt 18:19 -20 says; “that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” This is a profound and powerful promise given to us by Jesus Christ! It means that whenever two people will believe together, and with the utmost faith believe on the Word of God, whatever they seek will be granted.
Prayer of Intercession. This involves praying for other people, nations, cities, and against the powers of darkness. As always, the best example of and intercessor is Jesus himself. Rom 8:34 says that Jesus sits at the right hand of God and makes intercession for us. It is because of the intercessory prayer of Jesus that our slates are wiped clean when we repent and seek forgiveness. We also have the ability to ‘stand in the gap’ for others in the same way, petitioning God on their behalf to answer our prayers and meet their needs, save their souls, and showing them mercy.