Private individual prayer (Matthew 6:6)
Each child of God has the privilege and right to enter the presence of God confidently to present his or her requests. (Hebrews 4:16)
Prayer of agreement (Matthew 18:18-20)
In the Amplified Version of the Bible, some commentators have translated the phrase in verse 19 as “To agree and harmonize with or to make a Symphony together”. The Symphony is when all the instruments play in harmony. Therefore, agreement involves several aspects including the following:
The prayer of agreement is to agree with the Word of God in prayer, to have a full conviction that the Word of God is true and he will fulfill it.
The prayer of agreement is to agree together in one mind, to think the same thing in the same way. The mind is a battlefield therefore we must control our thoughts so that they are in harmony with God and his Word. When we as Christians come together to ask God for something that we have agreed upon in prayer it is a good idea to record the request on paper to help us maintain a firm mind and resolve as we expectantly wait for the answer. When our minds drift in a contrary direction, we must bring it back in agreement with the Word of God.
The prayer of agreement is to agree with another believer with whom you are praying. This agreement is more than words. There must be harmony (Mark 11:25, 26). There is power in agreement.
Collective prayer (Acts 4:23-31)
Collective praying implies that the body prays together in perfect agreement with the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. This type of prayer has tremendous power (Acts 5:12).
RESOURCES FOR PRAYER
Pray the Word
When we pray the Word, we already begin with the answer. Many portions of scripture are “tailor fitted” to help us construct effective and powerful prayers. God inspired many scriptures to serve us as models for our prayer life. (1 Thessalonians 4:15, 16).
Pray in the spirit (1 Corinthians 14:14; Ephesians 6:18; Judges 20)
In the areas known by the mind we can apply the written Word of God. However, in those areas that are beyond knowledge or when we do not have conviction of God’s will the Holy Spirit comes to our help (Romans 8:26,27). Inexpressible groans are prayers that we cannot express in articulate words.
Prayer in the spirit besides being a great help in all types of prayer, is a powerful weapon against the forces of darkness.
WEAPONS AGAINST INTERFERENCE TO PRAYER
We have God-given authority to close doors to demonic access (Matthew 16:19). The life of prayer is a battle (Ephesians 6:10-18). Time spent in the presence of God is like having our batteries charged. God supplies us with resources for the battle through prayer.
We must confront the enemy with our God-given spiritual weapons: The Word of God (Ephesians 6:17). He must face the authority and the name of Jesus to whom everything subjects itself (Mark 16:17). The enemy is confronted by a higher power (Matthew 12:29).
We must face the enemy and speak directly to him. Exercise your faith in the work of Calvary. Neutralize enemy forces so that the answer to your prayers will not be deterred in the heavenly regions (Daniel 10:12-21).
IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF SUCCESSFUL PRAYER
- Pray to the Father in the name of Jesus (John 16:23, 24). The name of Jesus guarantees God’s answer.
- Believe that God answers your prayers (Mark 11:24; 1 John 5:14, 15). Prayer without faith produces no results.
- Forgive all those who have offended you (Mark 11:25; Matthew 6:14, 15). A lack of forgiveness prevents God’s answer.
- Depend on the Holy Spirit in your prayer life (Romans 8:15; 26, 27). Without help, you cannot stand before the throne of God.
- Learn to pray for others (Ephesians 6:18). As we intercede for others, we operate in the law of sowing and reaping which also applies to the kingdom of the spirit. When I involve myself in the body of Christ and intercede for it, God will raise up others in the body to intercede for me.
- Edify yourself by praying in the spirit (Jude 20; 1 Corinthians 14:4).