3.1.1 Different Types of Prayers

3.1.1 不同類型的禱告

Shared by: Teacher Ming

We know that our ministry seeks to build a prophetic altar of intercession, but what is the purpose of this prophetic altar?

Its purpose is to gain wisdom and counsel from God through prayer to receive the mind of God and to operate in His released authority.

It is necessary to operate in His released authority in order to overthrow all kinds of evil powers that have been established on the earth.

That is why you see that the end-time prayer will show us a great effect, that is, a reversal of a person from the bondage of the enemy's control so that that person's heart will not only be able to be changed but also be completely turned to God.

In the Bible, it says that the father's heart is to be turned to the children, and the children need to be turned to the father, and then it says that Elijah is to come back. This passage means that there is a need for this kind of prayer to receive the revelation of the battle at the end of age.

A few years ago God said to us that we need to build a prophetic altar of intercession, and where does this altar come from? It comes from the covenant that God has made with man.

“You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,  I have sworn to David my servant, ‘I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.” (Psalm 89:3-4)

“I have found David, my servant, with my sacred oil I have anointed him. My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him. The enemy will not get the better of him;   the wicked will not oppress him. I will crush his foes before him and strike down his adversaries.” (Psalm 89:20-23)

The altar of a covenant with God will give you the strategy, the resources, the anointing, the authority, the power, and the influence to overcome the enemy and enter the inheritance that God has prepared for us in the nations.

This requires revelation, and there is no way to get into strategic prayer without that revelation.

What to do when we come up against a dark power or a situation where it's hard to break through? We look to Hannah who is a great example.

Hannah was Samuel's mom. What did Hannah do to get Samuel? She made a covenant with God to dedicate Samuel to God.

So what did Hannah do when she was not pregnant? She went to the temple. What did she do? She cried and prayed.

Hannah had a characteristic that she knew she had a fertility curse on her life, so she wanted to break that curse.

She prayed to such an extent that it seemed abnormal to others, so her prayers came from the deepest part of her life, and she labored in prayer.

What does it mean to labor in prayer? It means that she had to go to God and pour herself out to such an extent, and she was begging God so much that when people saw her, they thought she was drunk.

“Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”’(1 Samuel 1:17)

These words were from God, so when she heard them, she knew that God had a covenant with her, but what was she to do before that covenant? Labor earnestly in prayer.

Therefore, the intercessor will have a special burden, that is, to feel the spiritual pain and the sense of spiritual oppression.

And then you often feel pain for this burden, a sense of spiritual oppression, that is, you know very clearly that God has given you this burden, and then this burden often makes you feel a sense of oppression.

For example, I found that Ms. Guo has a characteristic: she has a special sense of oppression and pain towards Israel. Every time she prays for Israel, she cries, and then she has a very painful feeling, why? It was because God's feelings were on top of her feelings, and this was a sense of pain and oppression.

Each prayer has to be unique, so it always beats the devil, and this prayer can only be produced through an intimate relationship with God, if you don't have this relationship, you can't produce this kind of oppression and burden in your heart.

For example, I have a burden for Israel, but I can't get into this covenant relationship, I can't have that emotion.

No emotion means that my prayers are not of the fervently laboring type, they are just routine prayers.

So when the Holy Spirit moves on us, you may cry, or you may not be able to bear it, and all of a sudden you feel as if you are feeling what that person is feeling, and that is the kind of thing that requires the Holy Spirit to move us into this kind of prayer.

There is something special about entering such a prayer; we do not have the ability to choose when we want to enter that kind of prayer. You can't say I want to have a fervently laboring prayer now, but you can't do it, why? Because God's time has not come.

So that time is under God's control and intervention.

If we want to say, "I'm going to make this fervently laboring prayer happen earlier," then there will be premature labor, and even that spiritual thing will be destroyed, understand?

So you have to realize that the fervently laboring prayer, apart from the fact that God has to initiate it, the time has to be decided by God, and God has to give that burden, and you are feeling the same feelings as God, then this kind of prayer enables you to overcome the regional authority.

When the intercessor is feeling this burden and pain, she is like a mother who is about to give birth, this is a metaphor.

What is the point of being able to give birth to new thing? It depends on God's timing.

So you need to go to God and pray about this. Sometimes God doesn't tell us everything at once when He gives us a revelation, he usually feeds us a little information at a time. The purpose of God's acceptance and revelation is to bring us closer to Him.

Congregation Question: But like in that case, it was because God told Hannah through a priest, but ordinary people can't meet priests every day. Maybe in another way, God has already told us his will through other people's mouths, but how can we tell that it came from God?

You must know that it is a covenant, you must know that it is His promise.

For example, God promises to expand your spiritual gift, but you must learn to discern when God speaks to you.

So some people know that this is from God immediately after practicing it, but some people do not know it until they have practiced it a dozen times, and that's why I'm going to share these things today.

No.2 Confrontational Prayer

We know the story of Moses and Pharaoh. After Moses was called by God, what did God tell Moses to do?

He told him to go to Pharaoh's palace and perform the ten plagues, right?

In the process of performing the Ten Plagues, there was a confrontation with Pharaoh's magicians, that is, the staff turned into a snake, etc., and Moses' staff swallowed the magicians' staff, right? We can see that this is a kind of visible power, which can be seen in front of the eyes of people.

When we are sent by God to another country, we find that the conflict of power will be obvious, right? We quickly recognize the power of the other side, and then we must rise up against it, and that is called confrontational prayer.

Elijah's confrontation with 400 false prophets is a typical example of confrontational prayer.

Missionaries know very well that we can easily use these aspects.

God's purpose in allowing us to enter this type of conflict is to expose certain regional groups and regional evil spirits that are suppressing that area. God wants to use people to show His power and glory through that conflict.

This is what happened when Moses fought against Pharaoh.

This kind of prayer, called confrontational prayer, is a form of prayer that will be present in our present or future intercession led by God, and it will be very common in this generation. Some people ask if there are any cases where the enemy will triumph over Christians. Is there? Yes. So you need to learn to know how to enter into this kind of prayer, which is the second kind of prayer, in some of the stages that God is leading the church into in the future.

No.3 Strategic Revelatory Prayer

David is the most obvious example of the release of strategic revelatory prayer.

Every time David went to war, he would do one thing, and that was to go to God and ask Him if he was right.
When David was told, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors,” 2 he inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” The LORD answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” (I Sam. 23:1-2)

When the Philistines attacked Kiyra to seize the harvest field, the first thing David did was to seek the Lord.

So every time David went to ask, God would tell him the answer, and even tell him the strategy and the method of battle. Samuel had an example of this, and many other characters in the Bible use this kind of approach, and that kind of prayer is to come into a new realm of intimate fellowship with God and to receive a new anointing.

David had another characteristic, God said he was a man after God's own heart. Even though David sinned, God's final evaluation of him said that David was a man after God's own heart, so you see that David had to be after God's own heart in many things, which means that in many parts of his life, he had to understand God's will and that he was a man who understood God's will.

In order to understand God's will, you must have a great desire for God on the inside, otherwise you cannot do it, because you are facing an invisible God.

The prerequisite for the release of strategically revelatory prayer is to enter into such an intimate relationship, and this intimate relationship must be in the midst of longing.

It is only when you receive the new anointing in your longing that your spiritual eyes will be opened, and without the opening of your spiritual eyes, you will not be able to pray strategically inspired prayers.

This is a new part of what God is going to bring us into in the days ahead, your eyes will be opened to see a new strategy for breaking through the enemy's power. If you do not have this strategy from God, you will not know how to fight.

Isaiah 53 says that God will break the yoke, set the captives free, the prisoners out of prison, and cause the forces invading your territory to be completely destroyed under the anointing, which is a biblical promise.

No.4 Breakthrough Prayer

This type of prayer is also a prayer that must be used if the enemy is in control or if the power in a certain city or territory is very serious.

Let me give you an analogy. For example, if gay parades are always held in that area, it will form a dark power, when you enter that area, you can easily feel its influence. This is a dark power over a land or a city, so you see the way God used to overcome the power of darkness in that territory.

Prayers of breakthroughs put pressure, and that pressure leads to rupture. For example, if the wall of a city is very hard, and I crush it, and it breaks open. This kind of prayer can be used primarily against an unbreakable power in a certain area.

But in this kind of environment, when Christians go in, they often fall into the devil’s trap. When you go into a trap, it weakens faith, and it wears us out to the point of forgetting what God has promised us before.

Do you remember what happened in the spiritual realm when Jesus fought against the powers of hell? First, there was a great shaking in the physical realm, an earthquake.

When that happened, it was a breakthrough prayer.

Jesus prayed for all mankind, and His intercession reached a point where His sweat turned into blood.

From a medical point of view, this kind of prayer was at the limit of His exhaustion, and this kind of prayer is the breakthrough prayer that I mentioned.

When this kind of prayer happens, the spiritual realm is going to be shaken, and things are going to happen in the physical realm, earthquakes, volcanoes, so when the two future witnesses come to the earth, this is going to happen as well, and the breakthrough prayer is going to result in all kinds of natural disasters.

So when we see earthquakes, we think it's the work of the enemy, but it's not necessarily because the prayers shake the spiritual realm and make changes in the physical realm, and the angels are going to come and visit the area.

In Japan, there was a great spiritual revival in the 1990s, and before the great spiritual revival, there was a great earthquake. The area was shaken and then there was a spiritual revival, otherwise, there would have been no way that area could have been revived, and that was an act of God.

So breakthrough prayers will cause angels to visit, and we have heard so many testimonies of that.

We have heard so many testimonies of this. When some sisters and brothers were rescued from the earthquake in Sichuan that year, they said they saw a big hand moving them out of the way, or an angel appeared and took them to a safe place. An important situation is that in the spiritual realm, God also rearranges the order of spiritual things.

When breakthrough prayers come to the land, the powers of darkness are overcome and death is defeated.

So, when disaster strikes, we have a responsibility to be prepared to show God's love to the people in that area.