The Simplicity of Prayer

Have you ever thought about the simplicity of prayer? Some people pray long eloquent prayers while others like myself are, for lack of a better description, Plain Jane’s – although specific – with their requests. I sometimes think prayer has been made overly complicated.

If you’ve ever listened to your child pray, they don’t complicate them. Those are the simplest, sweetest, heartfelt prayers there ever were. I’ve often noticed they’re more full of giving thanks than anything else. They run down a long list of “thank you for…” that starts with whatever is in mind and ends with the family’s pet fish.

I’ve wondered if God prefers the prayers of the children because they are full of gratitude more than anything else.

In Matthew 6 we’re given an example of how to pray but if you’re like me, you might struggle to even find words, especially when your heart is burdened. Sometimes tears fall more than words are uttered. And, that’s o.k.

Remember God “knows what we need before we ask him”. Your prayers don’t have to sound like they were written and rehearsed, just pray, remembering to give thanks. 

I love the words to this song by Riley Clemmons. “You see the beauty in my broken prayers.” That’s so very true.

God hears our heart even when we can’t find the words.


Matthew 6:7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.