Jacksonville, Florida

Three Categories of Prayer

Prayer is one of the ways we stay connected with God. There are so many things we can pray for, and so many ways we can pray. God loves to hear from His children, to know we are thinking of him.


1 Timothy 2:1-2  tells us that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. But some people aren’t sure if how and what they pray is correct. There is no wrong way to talk to God, whether it be in the silence of a room with your hands folded or talking out loud in a car riding down the highway.

The following are three types of prayers you should talk to God about every day. There are more, but these are just a hint to get you started.

  1. Help me, God. We ask God to fix something that is affecting us or someone around us. No prayer is too small in this category. This prayer includes the prayer of intercession where you are asking God to interfere in your life.
  2. Thank you, God. This is the prayer where we thank God for all He’s done in our lives and for the special things. Everything you receive is a gift from God, from the flower growing up through your driveway to the grandchild sitting on your lap.
  3. I love you, God. Worshipping God shows you have faith in Him as your loving Father. By worshipping God, you are telling Him that He is first. There is no other God before Him.


In my deepest, darkest moments, what really got me through was a prayer. Sometimes my prayer was ‘Help me.’ Sometimes a prayer was ‘Thank you.’ What I’ve discovered is that intimate connection and communication with my creator will always get me through because I know my support, my help, is just a prayer away.– Iyanla Vanzant, inspirational speaker, lawyer


Pray for the big stuff and the small stuff. Thank God for not getting you into a car accident when that guy came up behind you speeding in and out of traffic. But also, ask God to protect that speeder and anyone who comes into his path. God may protect someone because of your prayer. You will never know, but God does hear you.

Be generous with your prayers. It doesn’t have to be in a quiet room or a small closet. You don’t have to be eloquent with your prayers. In fact, all you need to say is one word. So next time you’re at a loss for what to say to God, just say, Jesus. God will understand your heart.

If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, please leave a message in the comment section below. I’ll be happy to pray for the situation.


  1. Please pray (or help me) for my husband’s hip/back pain. Physical therapy isn’t helping. Answers to the cause or something to give relief is what I have been praying for. Thank you.

    1. Dear Father, I bring K’s husband before you. Please help lessen his pain. Give the doctors the wisdom to find the cure. And give them both peace over any decision there might be. In Jesus name, Amen.

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