The Different Styles of Prayer


In every faith, we are taught to pray.  In some religions, they encourage their people of faith to pray from a prayer that was written by a writer.  Yet others say to pray from the heart.  Just tell God what you feel.  Others pray through singing and speaking in tongues.  Take a journey with me and look at the different styles of prayer that there are in the world today. 

Different Prayers That Are Most Familiar:

  • Psalm 91
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Serenity Prayer
  • Apostles Creed
  • Hail Mary
  • Morning Prayer
  • Act of Contrition
  • Prayer to St. Joseph
  • Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

What is Psalm 91 Prayer?

This prayer is found in the book of Psalms in the Old Testament. The prayer tells of what a person can receive if they trust in God. Psalm 91 tells us that if a person dwells in God, he will have protection.  Everyone in the world wants to feel love and protection. This prayer is a reminder that we are never alone when we have God to speak to. 

If you feel down and lonely, reading this Psalm will remind you that God sees everything that is going on in your life. Nothing can be hidden from Him.  This prayer tells us that the Lord will save us from the hands of our enemies. If you have thousands of people against you, God will surely protect you. 

Life often makes you feel that nobody cares about you. It often tries to remind you that you are all alone.  However, this is just our minds playing tricks on us. If you read Psalm 91 and other Psalms, you will come to see that God is always there, even when we think that he has abandoned us.

What is the Lord’s Prayer?

The Lord’s prayer is one that was taught to the apostles by Jesus Christ.  When they asked him how to pray, he taught them to first honor God.  One of the first verses in this pray is, “Our father who are in heaven, hallowed be thy name.”  This means that before we ask God for anything, we should always honor his name.  When then need to ask God for his will to be done in our lives.  We ask God that his will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

We then need to ask God to give us what we need today.  This is what the prayer means when it tells us to give us our daily bread. The prayer goes on to ask God to forgive us for our sins and to forgive anyone that has done something wrong against us.  The Lord’s prayer also asks God to not allow ourselves to be tempted.  We ask that God keeps us from temptation.  It also asks the Lord to deliver us from evil.  If evil is around us, we ask that God takes it away.

Saying a Prayer from the Heart

Speaking to God from the heart is often a prayer method that is used by born again Christians.  When you accept Jesus Christ into your heart as your personal Lord and savior, you begin to have a relationship with him. You are supposed to talk with Jesus as if he was standing there in front of you. 

The good news about saying a prayer from the heart that is that you don’t need a prayer book to do it.  In fact, the prayer is spoken from the heart to show God what you truly feel. In this way, you begin to connect with God in deep levels that most people can never fully connect with him on.  This type of prayer is powerful and unique every single time. 

What is The Serenity Prayer?

This is a prayer that is often favored by people that are experiencing a great loss in their life.  The serenity prayer teaches us to accept things that can’t be changed. You may be unhappy because you work in a job that you absolutely hate, and you are not getting a new job that you want right now. That can be rather difficult since you may have to accept what you are given for now and make the best of it.

This prayer also teaches you to take one day at a time. Jesus teaches this in the New Testament.  It is to trust that God will make everything work out well for you in his timing. 

This prayer is a reminder that we all go through life circumstances when we are doing everything right and yet all that we do is turning out wrong.  Perhaps you have a marriage that is falling apart and yet you do everything to please your spouse.  They may tell you that the marriage isn’t working and that they met someone else.  This can be devastating. However, learning how to trust God under the worst circumstances can teach us that everything is going to be okay in the end.

What is The Apostles Creed?

This prayer is one that reminds you what you believe in.  The Apostles creed tells us that you believe in God and Jesus Christ. You have faith in that fact that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.  A verse also tells us that he was conceived by the Virgin Mary and became a man.  Jesus suffered before he was buried.  Jesus suffered under the hands of Pontius Pilot. 

Jesus went to be buried in a tomb and then rose from the dead on the 3rd day.  The prayer reminds us that Jesus will be back to judge the dead and the living.  We are reminded that you believe in:

  • The Holy Spirit
  • Catholic Church
  • Communion of Saints
  • Forgiveness of Sins
  • Resurrection of the Body
  • Life that Will Last Forever.

This prayer is recited often during mass in Catholic churches across the world. It is a reminder of who you are and what you believe in.  It is probably one of the strongest prayers in the sense that it lets people know that they are who they are. 

The Hail Mary Prayer

Across the world, the mother of Jesus Christ Mary is honored and prayed to.  She is there to help those that feel lost or in need of prayer.  It is known that she appeared to 3 children in Fatima. Their names were Lucia Santos, Jacinta and Francisco Marto. 

This prayer is used with rosary beads.  The beads tell us that Mary is full of grace and that the Lord is with her.  She is blessed because God chose her to be the mother of the savior Jesus Christ.  He blessed her womb to have a son that would one day die for all of mankind’s sins.

We ask Mary to pray for all the sinners and to pray for us as we die.  This prayer is often recited multiple times in a 30 minutes sitting.  Many rosary societies form in the Catholic church and the prayers are often said together in a group. 

Prayer for Healing

This is a prayer that doesn’t always have to be said perfectly.  Healers will often put their hands on someone and then they feel a sense of healing.  All healing happens differently.  Sometimes, you will pray for healing and not get a response immediately. It may take several years before you see your healing happening. 

Some of the best prayers for healing come from the heart. Many people that pray for healing do get a response from it and have lots of love as well.  It’s important to pray for what you want and then watch God perform the miracle for you.

Morning Prayer

Morning prayers are said around the world every single day.  Many faiths teach that you should pray several times a day.  A morning prayer should thank God for giving you another day.  It should always be a prayer of protection throughout the day.  When you pray to God, he answers you by showing you that he will intervene for you when trouble arises. Morning prayers are often said before we eat breakfast. 

Example Morning Prayer –

“Lord Jesus, thank you for giving me this day.  I thank you for allowing me to have peace from within my heart.  I thank you for giving me your love.  Help me to do your will this day. Thank you for all the blessings that you have given to me.  I worship you and give you praise for allowing me to be safe.  Keep me safe always.  Amen.” 

As you can see, a morning prayer is what you make it.  There are many prayer books on Amazon.com that you could use.  One good book to read is entitled, “Morning and Evening Prayerbook” by Jeanie Gushee.  This book has 400 pages and is jam packed with information about prayers for every day of the year. There are prayers in here from everything from Easter prayers to Trinity Sunday. 

What is the Act of Contrition?

This prayer asks the Lord for forgiveness.  If you feel sorry for something that you have done, this is a great prayer to use for telling God that you are sorry.  It tells God that you plan on sinning no more. It’s a perfect prayer for anyone that is trying to move on from something that is hurtful.  It reminds us that Jesus Christ died for our sins and that we should see God as someone that forgives. 

What is Psalm 51?

After King David had an adulterous affair with Bathsheba, he asked God for forgiveness. This Psalm is David telling God how sorry he is for committing sin against him. David asks for forgiveness.  David asks God to cleanse him of this sin and to have mercy on him. He asks God to not throw him away.  David realizes that he did something that he should be punished for.  However, he asks God for forgiveness. 

If you have ever sinned against God and are wanting to tell the Lord that you are sorry, Psalm 51 is perfect to read.  It will help you to understand that all humans make mistakes and sin against God. However, when we sin, we are to repent of the sin and tell God how sorry we are. 

Today, many people want to live in sin and just say, “Jesus will forgive me, and I continue to live in sin because of Jesus will just forgive me.”  This is the wrong attitude to take on and something that David did not do.  He felt convicted by Jesus and chose to say that he was sorry and to repent. God wants us to have a repentant heart and to follow his will. 

Prayers for Strength

Has there been a time in your life in which you felt like you couldn’t continue walking through life anymore?  Life became to hard for you and a part of your felt like giving up.  However, you prayed to God for strength and he came to you in your distress. 

Here is a prayer that you can pray for strength:

“Lord Jesus, give me the strength to do your will. It may not be something that I can understand right now. However, I want to let you know what I feel terrible right now.  Please see that my heart is in anguish.  Please come and help me to see things your way.  I am weak right now and need to see that you are always going to be there for me. Thank you, Lord, for helping me in advance. I know that you will make my situation better.”

What is the St Michael Prayer?

This is a prayer said to the Archangel Michael.  Some people pray to this angel for help when they feel that they are being attacked by wickedness and evil.  It asks Michael to help us to keep away from the devil’s traps.  It also asks St Michael to put Satan in hell so that he cannot hurt anyone else in the world. 

The St Jude Prayer

If your life seems like it is burdened with pain and suffering, the prayer to St Jude will help you to see that nothing is impossible when you put your faith in God.  This prayer reminds us that we don’t have to face our life pain alone. We have Jesus to walk through life with us and guide our every step.  We can lean on Jesus when everything in our life seems like its fading away.  This prayer asks God to help us to accept God’s will.  The St Jude prayer also reminds us to give encouragement to those that are hurting as well. 

Catholic Prayers

There are thousands of Catholic prayers that someone could pray.  Finding the one that is right for you is a benefit to your life.  It is best to see the Catholic website to see the list of prayers that they recommend.

What Are Rosary Beads?

Catholics have 20 mysteries associated with the rosary beads. 

  • Five glorious mysteries
  • Five joyful mysteries
  • Five sorrowful mysteries
  • Five luminous mysteries

When you pray the rosary, always start out by making the sign of the cross. Take your right hand and touch your forehead, then the center of your chest and then touch your left then right side.  This is the sign of the cross. 

Step 2 is to say the apostle’s creed.  Holding the first bead in the rosary, say our father.  Then say three hail Mary’s with the next three beads.  You then need to say the glory be.  Next, follow the below steps:

  • For Each five decades say the mystery.
  • Say one our father.
  • Say ten hail Mary’s.
  • Say a glory be.
  • After each decade, say a oh my Jesus prayer.
  • Say a Hail Holy Queen.

Prayer of St Francis

In this prayer, we can ask Jesus to help us to give peace where there is no love. If you have ever been around people that just want to fight and argue, this prayer helps people to see that they can live in peace.  It also asks God to give us faith.  This prayer asks Jesus to help us to love with our full soul.  It reminds us that when we die, we are given eternal life to be with Jesus. 

The prayer of St Francis is also sung as a song in Catholic churches around the world.  It is a reminder that prayer can be both recited and sung. 

What is a Prayer Request?

Asking another person to pray for you is a prayer request.  Many times, prayer requests are made known on television. Some Christian ministries around the world have a 24-hour prayer line that is up and running for people to call in when they are hurting and need someone to pray for them.  These are popular in the United States and in some countries where Christianity is a dominant faith that is practiced. 

A Good Thanksgiving Prayer

Thanksgiving is sometimes the only time of the year when families come together to pray and spend time.  It is a holiday in which many people feel loved and wanted.  Here is a good Thanksgiving prayer to pray if you want to be thankful for all that God has given to you:

“Lord, thank you for giving us this food that is before us. I want to thank you for giving me what I need daily.  Thank you for bringing my family and friends together to celebrate this meal.  I am thankful that you have given us a chance to love one another this day. May you help us to always remain thankful when we do not understand your will.  Let your love shine on us for the rest of the year.  Amen.” 

Being thankful on Thanksgiving is good because it is a reminder of how we need to pray and stay focused on what God wants to give to us.  A blessing is something that we often do not understand but want to understand.

St Jude Novena

St Jude Novena is the saint that is said to help people that have no hope.  You may feel that your life was cursed from the day that you were born. You may be desperate for answers and looking for hope.  This prayer will help you to understand that you can receive help.

The prayer asks St Jude to please help them because you are a miserable person. You are in great pain and want the Saint Jude to help you to understand your problem and to help you out of it.  You are desperate for help and need assistance right now.  In this prayer, you promise that if St Jude helps you, that you will always pay respect to them and tell others about the great works that they have done for them. 

A lot of people that use the St Jude Novena do so because all other prayers and attempts at making their life right has failed. They see no other way out.  You may feel that you are about to get a divorce or lose your home. Perhaps your child is near death and the doctors have told you that there is no hope.  It is said that if you pray this prayer for 9 days, your prayer will be answered.  The reason why this prayer is prayed for nine days is because the New Testament tells us in Acts 1:4-5, that the apostles prayed for 9 days and then received the Holy Spirit and they spoke in tongues (Acts 2:4). 

What is a Good Night Prayer?

Most faiths will encourage you to pray before you go to bed at night.  You want to ask God to watch over you as you sleep and to trust in him for all things.  Here is a prayer for you to pray at night before bed:

“Good night my Lord.  Please watch over me as I sleep. Keep Satan and all his dark forces away from me. Please send your angels to watch over me as I rest. I ask that you keep me safe in Jesus name. Give me an opportunity to prove myself to you tomorrow. Please give me a chance to give my heart completely to you.  Thank you, Lord, for all that you have given to me.” 

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