Matthew’s Gospel records an event when Jesus taught His disciples to pray. Luke says they said to Jesus, “Lord teach us to pray the way we hear John (the Baptist) taught his disciples to pray.”
Interestingly Jesus didn’t reply, “What kind of prayer are you interested in learning about?” Apparently, Jesus knew that there was only one “kind” of prayer, and that is prayer to our Heavenly Father, desiring to receive “something” (anything) from Him.
Parts of Christianity have gotten hung-up on the “different kinds” of praying, and unfortunately created a kind of smorgasbord of prayer. Ask some modern ministries about prayer, and they might ask, “Do you want to know about the prayer of petition, or the prayer of intercession, or perhaps the prayer of faith?” As a matter of fact, when I “googled” the “kinds of prayer,” what came up was:
“The Twenty Kinds of Prayer,” “The Five Different kinds of prayer,” “Intercession in Prayer,” and “Prayer Warfare.”
But we see that when the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, He did not teach them but one way to pray.
In this teaching, Dr. Don G. Pickney unveils both the purpose and expectancy we are to have whenever we come to God in prayer. He shows from scripture that the purpose of prayer is to come to the Father for something we desire from Him, either for ourselves or another; and our expectancy is to be that He will give us that which we have desired of Him. For example, if we are petitioning Him for something for ourselves, we are to “believe we receive it when we pray (Mark 11:24).
If we are asking God to move in behalf of a friend or loved one, He will begin moving in their life. If we are making “supplication” for our nation for mercy, our expectancy is that God will look upon our nation and He will have mercy as He determines it is His will to do so. (“I will have mercy upon whom I choose to have mercy.” – Roman 9:15-18) As we pray for others, we are “making supplication” in prayer. This means that we are crying out to God for Him to act outside of our personal jurisdiction of faith for something for ourselves. We must be “supple” in our expectancy in making supplication for other people or objects of our affection (such as our national interests, etc.) We can be certain what God’s will is when we pray both for ourselves and for others. But we cannot be certain whether others are willing to receive God’s grace and blessing for which we are praying.
In no case, however, can we stand between God our another person or situation to mediate or “intercede.” Every person stands before God with their faith for themselves. We may pray for their encouragement and strength of resolve, etc., but we may not believer (in proxy) for them as Paul explains:
2Corinthians 1:24 “Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.”
As we pray for others we “come to God with them” not “for them,” and we cannot believe “for them,” rather “with them,” as we encourage them to use faith and patience in their believing.
As believers, we know that it is God’s will to give us whatever we desire of Him (for ourselves – 1 John 5:14,15). When we pray outside of “for ourselves,” we must leave the matter between God and who or what ever is the object of our praying.
Pastor Don shows us God’s will for “what we are to pray and expect from our Father God.”
Get ready for much revelation in this teaching!