Prayer Should be Uncomplicated

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.

About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at:
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2 Responses to Prayer Should be Uncomplicated

  1. He listens. He sure does. To our conversations, as well as to our prayers. Thank you for your big AMEN, Mary.

  2. Mary Haskett says:

    All I can say is a loud AMEN! I love talking to God, and am assured He listens.

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