Prayer of Supplication

Prayers of supplication, also called prayers of petition, are when we come to God and ask Him for something.  When we ask for something on behalf of others, it’s called a prayer of intercession.  And it seems like a simple enough process.  We all know how to ask for something we want.
But the area of praying to God for something seems to create more problems than any other type of prayer.  


 All of these statements are supported in scripture, in one way or another.  But usually that “support” involves pulling a verse or two out of the Bible instead of trying to understand the complete message that’s being expressed.  Then that verse or two is held up as the definitive, final word and often a “rule” develops around it.
First of all, the Bible is full of prayers of supplication.  In fact, the Hebrew and Greek words for prayer mean “request” and “petition.”

Second, we have the example and the teachings of Jesus himself.  In helping us form a close, personal relationship with God, he encourages us to ask for things, just as children ask their parents.  He goes even farther, telling us “…everyone who asks, receives…” (Matthew 7:8) and “…how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him.” 
The Bible talks about different types of prayer. Knowing what type of prayer to pray and when to pray it is very important to our prayer life.

In practice, we all use different types of prayer during our prayer times, and there is no reason why we cannot apply any of these types of prayers to all the situations that face us. Ask God to fill you with more of His love and make your prayer life richer.

The Prayer

God already knows what you need; you don’t need to ask Him.
By asking for something, you’re admitting a lack in your life and God has promised to provide for all your needs.
If your prayer isn’t answered, it means you lack faith…or there’s too much sin in your life…or you didn’t ask properly.
You only need to ask God once.  If you ask more than once, you lack faith and insult God.
You need to repeat your requests—God rewards persistence.

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