So often we over-complicate christianity in general and especially prayer. We believe we need to use fancy words, we need to have the right posture (hands folded, eyes closed), and we don’t REALLY believe it’ll actually work. It’s just a nice thing to do.
What I want to do is to un-complicate prayer for you.
Check out this unconventional prayer: Ricky Bobby Prayer
Now that we had a laugh, let’s uncomplicate prayer!
Prayer is Plain – It’s simple, easy, uncomplicated.
When we pray, we need to remember God wants to talk to us. We don’t need to speak in KJV, with “thou, thy and whilst” and other such words. What words do you use in normal conversations? Use the same words when you talk to God.
(See Matthew 6:7-8)
Prayer is Primal – Is natural. It’s talking, yelling, pleading, crying, shouting
Can you yell? You can pray. Prayer should be an expression of what we’re feeling on the inside. If you’re upset, be upset. If you’re heart-broken, be heart-broken. If you’re sad, be sad. Cry, yell, plead, shout. Do it all. Be genuine.
(See the Prayer of Jabez 1 Chronicles 4:10; Jacob Wrestles with God – Genesis 32:22-31)
Prayer is Powerful – It works. It moves mountains, people, weather.
The best thing about prayer is that it works. It really does. We read all through Scripture these amazing prayers that accomplish the supernatural. As a kid, did you ever imagine you had super powers? Prayer gives us access to the supernatural. You want to see miracles happen? Pray.
(See Samson’s Prayer Judges 16:27-30; Elijah’s Prayer 1 Kings 18:42-45)
If we commit ourselves to having plain, primal and powerful prayers. If we break the mold of “perfect” christianity and we decide to just be real with God, He’s going to speak to us. When we speak from our core, he responds.