There are several types of prayer mentioned in the Bible. One that is oftem misunderstood
the prayer of faith. refered to in James 5:15 Jesus said...
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;
and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name,
that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name,
I will do it.John 14:12-14
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. John 15:7
I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My
Father will grant you whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting
all that I AM].John 16:23AMPC
And Jesus answering saith unto them,
in God (literal Greek, have the faith of God). For verily I say
unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou
removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart,
but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass;
he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray,
believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye
stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your
Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.Mark 11:22-25
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven
suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.Matthew 11:12
And he (Jesus) spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a
widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he w.ould not for a while:
but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow
troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said,
Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him,
though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.
Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?Luke 18:1-8
He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.Romans 4:21,21
To sum up, Jesus said that those who believed in Him would do the works He did, and even greater works, that is an amazing statement. He said that if we abide in Him and His words abide in us, that we could ask anything in His Name and He would do it. He exhorted us to have the faith of God, the type of faith the God the Father used to create the world. Jesus went on to explain that this meant when you pray you believe you have received what you pray for, before you see it. Just like Abraham believed God when he told Abraham he would have a son in his old age, even though he was a hundred years old and his wife was ninty and baren. That type of faith is NOT natural human faith, that is the faith of God and that only comes from the Word of God. Jesus explains that we need to persist in believing God's Word rather than what our natural sense tell us. That may require a violent, bold, fight against the dark, ungodly forces of this world.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. Ephesians 6:18
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 1 Timothy 2:1-5
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.Matthew 6:9-15
And he (Jesus) said unto them, ...
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me
both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.Acts 1:7,8
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.Acts 2:1-4
He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself;1 Corinthians 14:4
I (Apostle Paul) thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding,
that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.1 Corinthians 14:18,19
Praying in tongues is one of the gifts of The Holy Spirit, which can be used in acompmiment with Interprtation as a means of Prophecy, but is most useful in building up the individual. Certainly the Apostle Paul claimed he prayed in tongues more than all his contmporaries.
And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying,
O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me:
nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.Matthew 26:39
Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasting, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.Acts 13:1-3
God's infallible Word, Len Mink
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets,
that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door,
pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.Matthew 6:5,6
And he (Jesus) said,
So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring
and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.Mark 4:26-29
Then said he (an angel) unto me,
Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God,
thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 13But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days:
but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.Daniel 10:12,13
When it seems nothing is happening, it's still working, don't let go!
The only condition that Jesus place on God hearing our prayers was that we should forgive