Religious teachings often complicate the simple act of prayer. For example, I have booklet that tells how to pray perfect prayers. Predictably, each of the nine points in it begin with the letter “P.”
Books like this can be helpful, I guess. But not to me. I’ve already been down the complicated prayer road. I found it cumbersome and disappointing and I won’t travel that way again.
Jesus taught the simplicity of prayer. We see this in the first few verses of Matthew 6. What he said boils down to three simple truths:
He sees us
He hears us
He answers us
We don’t need the “right” words. We don’t need a team of pray-ers but it’s fine to ask others to pray.
There’s no right volume, tone of voice or vocabulary for prayer.
We don’t need to be “somebody” in the religious world for God to answer our prayers.
No one has God’s attention more than you do. The Father wants us to speak to him honestly from our hearts. He’s listening.
“Your Father who sees you in your secret place will reward you in public.” Matt. 6:5
One Good Word Makes all the Difference by Rose McCormick Brandon is available here.