SPF 062: The Simplicity of Prayer

Sometimes prayer can appear to be more complicated than it really is. But when we throw off our misunderstandings about prayer, we learn that prayer is actually all about putting our trust in God. Today we are talking about 7 biblical principles of prayer and how prayer can help you prove faithful.


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The Simplicity of Prayer

Some common misunderstandings about prayer:

  • Prayer is often used or thought of as a way of controlling our circumstances or future

  • Prayer can change God’s mind

  • If I pray about it, it will happen (“claiming” it)

  • Prayer is a spiritual experience about me

Seven Biblical principles about prayer:

  1. Prayer helps us center our lives on Jesus

  2. Prayer shows our dependence on God but also is a way to get to know the nature and character of God in a personal way

  3. Prayer helps us to Praise and Honor God because we are remembering WHO He is and what He has done and can do!

  4. Prayer helps us to fix our minds on eternal things and think beyond the present moment as we persist in prayer

  5. Prayer helps us know God as we eagerly wait for Him to answer in His way

  6. Prayer casts our worries and anxieties on God because He is Sovereign and in control and He has a plan and it will not be thwarted

  7. Prayer exposes idol worship in our hearts – as we pray God often reveals sin and we confess it to Him

Reasons We Pray

Remembering God
Persistence in our trust
Eagerness in What He will do
Hope in Him and eternity
Revelation of Sin

Prayer sanctifies us.


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