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Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

November 22, 2019

Traditional Prayer Forms in Scripture

Directions: There are six traditional forms of prayer that can be prayed spontaneously or formally. Each type of prayer has examples in Scripture. Review the definition of each prayer form. Then use the information to see you can identify the prayer form in each Scripture passage. Some of the passages may include more than one form. In honor of Thanksgiving, one passage is listed in full below:


We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father, knowing, brothers and sisters loved by God, how you were chosen.

                                                                                     —1 Thessalonians 1:2-4


  1. Blessing is the basic movement of Christian prayer. You bless God for having blessed you.
  1. Psalm 107:1
  1. Prayer of adoration is a basic response to God, your acknowledgment that God is Creator.
  1. Psalm 144:1–5
  1. Prayers of petition are prayers of asking: for forgiveness and for all the things you need.
  1. 1 Timothy 2:1–4
  1. Intercessions are prayers of petition in which you ask for things on behalf of others.
  1. 1 John 5:14–15
  1. Prayers of thanksgiving are expressions of gratitude to God for every good thing.
  1. 1 Peter 1:3–5
  1. Praise is the form of prayer that gives glory to God for his own sake.
  1. Luke 18:1–5
  1. Ephesians 1:3–14
  1. 1 Corinthians 8:6
  1. 1 Thessalonians 1:2–4
  1. Colossians 1:9–12

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