12 Types of Prayer for You

When I discovered different ways to pray, I was really excited. Prayer had become stale and stagnant to me, an obligation not an inspiration.

This discovery opened up the heavens. I don’t know if I so much found them as they found me. They were in the Bible the entire time. I just needed eyes to see them.

What does this mean?

  • There are lots of possibilities for prayer.
  • We don’t have to pray like other people.
  • We can find the prayer types that work best for us.
  • We can pray our own prayers.

This is what I saw.

When you read the letters of the apostle Paul, you see that he’s exceedingly thankful. Time and again, Paul begins his letters with thanksgiving:

“I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you” (Romans 1:8).
“I always thank God for you” (1 Corinthians 1:4).
“I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:16).

Of the thirteen letters that are normally attributed to Paul, he’s thankful in ten of them. But if you read other biblical writers, they don’t sound the same.

Instead of thanks, David offers praise:

“O LORD, our LORD, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens” (Psalm 8:1).
“The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge” (Psalm 18:2).
“Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:1–2).

And instead of offering praise, Joshua prays God’s Word. His instructions for bringing the Israelites to the Promised Land were,

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you maybe be careful to do everything written in it.” (Joshua 1:8)

And with these new eyes, I saw 12 different types of prayer.

Here are 12 different types of prayer and a step to begin finding your best prayer types.


Definition: Multiple believers agreeing on earth with what heaven is saying
Bible character: Acts church
Verse: Matthew 18:19-20


Definition: Acknowledging your sin to God, and then celebrating the forgiveness you have received
Bible character: David
Verse: Psalm 51:2-3


Definition: Spending time with God in an activity that is not traditionally sacred or prayerful
Bible character: Adam and Eve
Verse: Genesis 3:8


Definition: God leading you to pray for the needs of a person, place, or cause
Bible character: Anna
Verse: Luke 2:37


Definition: Sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening for him
Bible character: Mary of Bethany
Verse: Psalm 46:10


Definition: Seeing a need and praying for it
Bible character: Leper and centurion
Verse: Luke 11:9


Definition: Declaring the truth about who God is, what he has done, or what he has promised to do
Bible character: Peter
Verse: Psalm 150:6

Praying the Bible

Definition: Praying the words of the Bible as your prayer
Bible character: Joshua
Verse: Joshua 1:8

Praying in Tongues

Definition: Praying in a personal spiritual language that edifies you and your relationship with God
Bible character: Paul
Verse: 1 Corinthians 14:14


Definition: Receiving a message from God for someone else
Bible character: Jeremiah
Verse: Jeremiah 1:7


Definition: Offering thanks to God
Bible character: Paul
Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:18


Definition: Confronting the kingdom of Satan with the weapons of God’s kingdom
Bible character: The seventy-two others
Verse: Ephesians 6:12

Chris Heinz is the Founder and CEO of Munyay, which creates coaching tools to help you love your life and work. He's also the Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc. and is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, a Certified Professional Life Coach, and a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach. Chris enjoys coaching people, writing, and speaking on the topics of engagement, coaching, and strengths. He blogs often at www.Munyay.com/blog.

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10 thoughts on “12 Types of Prayer for You

  1. Thanks for your ministry. Been praying God to expose the enemies position, push him back and to confuse and scatter him. I am working on a program to take our neighborhoods back, we have already been given the authority to do this. Pray for me and the neighborhoods in our country. Thanks, Bill Timberlake 770-885-6845

  2. Thank you for this enlightening research and revelation. I have found myself trying to figure out what to say many times.

  3. Chris,

    Wonderful to find a direct and clear post on different types of prayer drawn from Scripture.

    I have felt the Lord calling me to connect with scriptural forms of prayer. I know our prayers have power and when we pray correctly and specifically we are able to see God moving and our prayers answered.

    Prayer is more than asking and receiving. There is a depth to how we ask. I want to become a stronger advocate for God and I believe through our prayer we are able to truly impact the world. Intentional prayer, this is a demonstration of believing the word the Lord and applying the power of the holy spirit.

    Thank you, blessings❤