Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what prayer is and how they can improve their prayer lives.

Prayer is an important part of the Christian’s life. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 encourages Christians to pray without ceasing. What does this look like? How does one pray privately?

Scripture gives us seven examples:

1. THE PRAYER OF ADORATION.

Psa 18:2 – The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psa 62:2 – He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

2. THE PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Psa 51:3 – For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

Rom 7:24 – Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

3. THE PRAYER OF SUPPLICATION

Psa 25:4-5 – Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

Psa 39:4 – “O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!”

4. THE PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Isa 64:1 – Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence

Eph 6:24 – Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.

5. THE PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Psa 40:5 – You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.

Psa 116:12 – What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me?

6. THE PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Psa 116:9 – I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

Psa 116:16 – O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds.

7. THE PRAYER OF DOXOLOGY

1Ti 1:17 – To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Rom 16:27 – to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.