Simple, Believing Prayer by Joyce Meyer - August 01, 2014
And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words,
repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for
they think they will be heard for their much speaking. —MATTHEW 6:7
We must develop confidence in simple, believing prayer. We need the confidence that even if we simply say, "God, help me," He hears and will answer. We can depend on God to be faithful to do what we have asked Him to do, as long as our request is in
accordance with His will. Too often we get caught up in our own
works concerning prayer.
Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that prayer is simply
conversation with God. The length or volume or eloquence of our prayer is not the issue, it is the sincerity of our heart and the
confidence we have that God hears and will answer us that is
Sometimes we try to sound so devout and elegant that we get lost. If we could ever get delivered from trying to impress God, we would be a lot better off.
Several years ago God caused me to realize that when I had
occasion to pray out loud in front of other people, I really was not talking to Him at all. I was actually trying to impress those
listening with my eloquent, spiritual-sounding prayer. Simple,
believing prayer comes straight out of the heart of the one praying and goes straight to the heart of God.
First Thessalonians 5:17 says, Be unceasing in prayer [praying
persever-ingly] or as the King James Version puts it, Pray without
ceasing. If we don't understand simple, believing prayer, that
instruction can come down upon us like a very heavy burden. We may feel that we are doing well to pray thirty minutes a day, so how can we possibly pray without ever stopping? We need to have such confidence about our prayer life that prayer becomes just like breathing, an effortless thing that we do every moment we are alive.
We don't work and struggle at breathing, unless we have a lung
disorder, and neither should we work and struggle at praying. I
don't believe we will struggle in this area if we really understand
the power of simple, believing prayer. We should remember that
prayer is made powerful by the sincerity of it and the faith behind it.