Types of Prayer: Petition Prayer
Petition prayer (also called the prayer of faith) is when you’re asking God for something. I’ll use 1 John 5:14-15 as my basis for this example.
I call 1 John 5:14-15 the “Polaroid” scriptures. I’m sure I’m dating myself, but many years ago (I won’t tell you how many) we used to use Polaroid cameras. These cameras came with a carton of 4×5 cards with photo developer solution on each card.
The idea was that you loaded the cards into the camera. As you take each picture, a blank card would slide out of the front of the camera and as you held the card, the photo that you took would develop on the card in your hand.
I remember family outings when everyone in the family held at least one of these cards frantically waving them through the air (somehow we believed that if you waved the cards through the air they would develop faster…lol). It’s comical now to look back on it.
No one knows how long it will take the photo to develop. That’s why this type of prayer is called the prayer of faith. Your job is to hold on for as long as it takes resting in the fact that your photo…that thing you prayed about is developing and coming to pass.
Anyway, 1 John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us and if we know that He heareth us whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions we desired of Him” KJV.
OK, let’s break this verse down. Watch the progression:
Step 1 – Ask according to His will. Find out the will of God concerning what you’re praying for. Let’s say for instance you’re praying for a loved one to receive Christ. We know it’s Gods will that your loved one be saved, for it’s not God’s will that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
Step 2 – Pray. Now that you know the will of God concerning your love one, you can now pray in confidence.
Step 3 – Rest assured that God heard your prayer. You asked (prayed) according to His will so you know God heard your prayer. And since you know that He heard your prayer….
Step 4 – Know in your heart that your prayer has been answered. You know that you have the petition that you desired of Him.
Give Your Prayer Time to Develop
OK, remember that Polaroid photo I described earlier? Here’s the part where you find yourself standing outside waving that photo through the air waiting for it to develop.
This is where you will have to fight off impatience until your photo fully develops. No one knows how long it will take the photo to develop. That’s why this type of prayer is called the prayer of faith.
Your job is to hold on for as long as it takes resting in the fact that your photo…that thing you prayed about is developing and coming to pass.
And eventually, just as with a Polaroid picture, you will see the answer to your prayer manifested before your eyes.