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  • Writer's pictureRenikko Bivens

The Prayer Toolkit: Exploring Five Essential Prayer Types For Every Believer

The Prayer Toolkit

Prayer is the spiritual lifeline for believers. Prayer is one of the most important practices in your Christian life and is something we are commanded to never cease doing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17).

  • When was the last time you took the time to pray?

  • How did you pray? What did you say? And how did it feel?

  • Do you pray consistently, or only when troubles arise?

In the journey of faith, prayer serves as a vital resource in our spiritual walk, enabling us to navigate the ebbs and flows of living life as a believer.

Just as a toolbox equips a craftsman for various tasks, understanding the diverse types of prayer equips us for different forms of spiritual communion. In this exploration, we will examine five different types of prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication/Petition, and Intercession.

While this is not an exhaustive list of the various types of prayer, these are perhaps the more common ones, and each one has a unique significance, providing a way to establish a deeper connection with Christ. By understanding the essence and benefits of prayer, we can enhance our prayer lives and fortify our spiritual journey.

Prayer Toolkit

1. Prayer of Adoration: Reverence and Praise 

Revelation 4:11

Adoration prayer is the act of expressing reverence, love, worship, and praise toward God for who He is. Praising and worshiping God for His attributes, holiness, and majesty is a fundamental aspect of this type of prayer. Many prayers begin with adoration and segue into other forms, but sometimes, we need to take time to adore God, praise Him, acknowledge His goodness, His sovereignty, His holiness, and stand in awe of His glory, just because He is who He is.

Like all prayers, adoration prayer requires a level of humility, where we are not the focus, and our wants or needs are not the priority. Instead, the central focus of the moment is on God alone.

2. Prayer of Confession: Embracing Humility and Forgiveness

James 5:16

Confession prayer is the act of acknowledging one's sins and seeking forgiveness from God. For true repentance to take place in our hearts, we must confess and acknowledge that we recognize and understand where and how we've strayed from the path that God has laid before us.

This form of prayer can be challenging for individuals who have difficulty with pride. The pride that often comes with the necessity of honest self-awareness, self-assessment, and admitting our mistakes and wrongdoings can hinder confession prayers. But humility is a necessary part of confession when seeking forgiveness from the Lord.

3. Prayer of Thanksgiving: Cultivating a Heart of Gratitude

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thanksgiving prayer is an expression of gratitude to God for His blessings and provisions. Some people may confuse adoration prayers with thanksgiving prayers, but the simplest way to distinguish the two is that adoration prayer acknowledges God for WHO HE IS, while thanksgiving prayers acknowledge God for WHAT HE HAS DONE. Thanksgiving is a time to show our appreciation.

Express gratitude to God for His blessings, provisions, and answered prayers as a regular part of your prayer life.

4. Prayer of Supplication/Petition: Presenting Our Needs Before God

Philippians 4:6-7

Supplication, or petition prayer, involves making requests and presenting one's needs and desires before God. This is possibly the most popular form of prayer. Where people ask God for specific needs, guidance, or assistance. Many Christians regularly bring their concerns and requests before God in prayer, seeking His help and intervention in various aspects of their lives.

Something important to remember about this form of prayer is that while you're constantly making your requests and letting God know your needs and desires, don't forget the other forms of prayer. Don't let the only time you spend with God be when you want or need something. Also, don't forget to offer prayers of thanksgiving if He chooses to answer your request.

5. Prayer of Intercession: Advocating for Others 

Colossians 1:9-12

Intercession involves praying on behalf of others, standing in the gap, and advocating for their needs before God. If supplication prayers are the most common, I can only speculate that intercessory prayer is possibly the least common.Intercessory prayers involve presenting the needs, struggles, and requests of family members, friends, communities, and even broader societal issues to God.

When you're interceding, it's not about you, but about the person or entity for whom you are interceding. During the time of intercession, you may have your own needs and desires, but you are putting the needs of someone or something above your own in that moment, which is a selfless act. This is one of the most beautiful and loving forms of prayer, in my opinion. It is when a brother or sister in Christ prays and petitions God on behalf of another who may not be able to do so for themselves.


As you reflect on "The Prayer Toolkit: Exploring Five Essential Prayer Types For Every Believer," consider how you pray in your own life. Prayer isn't just a response to adversity; it's an essential component of our daily connection with God.This blog discusses five different kinds of prayer: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication, and intercession.Each type of prayer is like a special tool in your toolbox for communicating with God. Try incorporating these various types of prayer into your daily life. Whether you're praising God, asking for forgiveness, expressing gratitude, or interceding for others, each type of prayer can help you grow closer to God. So, let's make prayer a regular part of our lives, helping us navigate our faith journey with strength and grace.


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