Variety in Prayer

Let’s be honest. Do you ever become “bored” with prayer? Sometimes it seems like our prayers are always the same, but it shouldn’t be that way! As we study the Bible, we discover an amazing variety of prayers. Some are very solemn and formal. Some are simple cries for help. Some are exciting requests for boldness or courage.

This week, as we prepare for our worship next Sunday, we are going to explore some of the many different types of prayer. Let’s begin by thinking about Who we are talking with. These prayers put things into spiritual perspective. Little children, learning to say grace over meals often begin, as we should, “God is great! God is good! …” A prayer of adoration recognizes the majesty and power of our God.

John MacArthur makes this helpful observation:

“Each of the many Old Testament names and titles of God shows a different facet of His character and its expression in His will. He is called, for example, Elohim, “the Creator God”; El Elyon, “possessor of heaven and earth”; Jehovah-Jireh, “the Lord will provide”; Jehovah-Nissi, “the Lord our banner”; Jehovah-Rapha, “the Lord that healeth”; Jehovah-Shalom, “the Lord our peace”; Jehovah-Raah, “the Lord our Shepherd”; Jehovah-Tsidkenu, “the Lord our righteousness”; Jehovah-Sabaoth, “the Lord of hosts”; Jehovah-Shama, “the Lord is present and near”; and Jehovah-Maqodeshkim, which means “the Lord sanctifieth thee.” All those names speak of God’s attributes. Thus they tell us not only who He is, but also what He is like.”[1]


For our first minute today, let’s think about the names of God and what they tell us about His nature. Spend the second minute adding your own names for God. Why is He worthy of praise? Now close by praising our Creator, Provider, Peace, Shepherd, Righteous God! “God is great! God is good!”


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