Prayer Made Simple: A Beginner's Guide

Think prayer is complicated? We're breaking down the barriers to show you the simple beauty of connecting with God.

There are so many misconceptions about prayer. Maybe you picture it as this solemn ritual, reserved for the pious or those who have their spiritual ducks in a row.

But what if I told you that prayer is much simpler than that? It’s not about fancy words, perfect timing, or being in a special place.

Prayer, at its heart, is about connection and relationship—just you reaching out to God, seeking comfort, guidance, or even just a moment to say thanks for the small wins of the day.

In this post, I'm going to strip away the complications and show you the straightforward beauty of prayer. Whether you’ve never uttered a prayer in your life or you’re just looking to refreshen up your routine, I’ve got you covered. No jargon, no pretense—just a simple guide to tapping into this powerful, personal practice. Let’s dive in and discover how easy and meaningful prayer can be.

What's Prayer All About?

Alright, let's start with the basics. Prayer is essentially a conversation with God. It can be like catching up with a friend or asking a mentor for advice—only this friend or mentor knows you better than you know yourself.

It's not about the "right" way to do it; it's about sincerity and the intention behind the words. Whether whispered, thought, or shouted, every prayer is heard.

Keeping Prayer Simple: It’s Not As Complicated As You Think

Now, you might be thinking, "But it's not really that simple, right?" Nope. The beauty of prayer is in its simplicity.

You don’t need to memorize verses or stand in a certain posture.

It's not about eloquence; it's about honesty.

Prayer Basics:

So, what goes into a prayer? You can think of it as a three-course meal.

You start with a starter of gratitude and praise—acknowledging the glory of God and the good stuff in your life, big or small. The main course? Pouring out your heart, whether it's asking for help, seeking guidance, confessing your sins, or praying for others. And for dessert, take a little time to sit in God's presence and listen for His voice.

During my daily quiet time, I like to include the following elements: praise, thanksgivings, confessions, requests for help, and listening. You can check out my free Quiet Time download here. 

That’s it. Simple ingredients for a nourishing conversation.

Your Own Prayer Routine:

Here’s where it gets personal.

Finding your rhythm in prayer is like discovering your favorite coffee spot—it's unique to you.

I'm an early morning girl, so I love to start my day with prayer- setting the tone for what’s ahead. 

But what's most important here is finding what works best for YOU. If you're not fully awake until noon, don't set yourself up for failure by trying to pray first thing in the morning. 

You can pray out loud, write it down, or say it in your head—whatever feels right. The key? Make it a habit, something as regular as brushing your teeth, but a lot more fulfilling.

Getting Over the Prayer Humps:

"But what if I don’t feel worthy? Or what if I get distracted?"

Totally normal! We’ve all been there, feeling like we're not good enough to approach God or finding our minds wandering to the grocery list mid-prayer. Or even falling asleep. 

Remember, prayer is about a relationship, not perfection. Start small; even a few sincere words count.

And if you get distracted? No stress. Acknowledge it, and gently bring your focus back. He isn’t grading you.

The Power of Prayer in Your Daily Life

Now, for the real talk—why even bother?

Well, prayer can be a game-changer. It’s a source of comfort during tough times, a way to find clarity when you’re at a crossroads, or simply a moment of peace in a hectic day.

Several years ago, I realized that my prayer life had become stagnant. I knew the basics of prayer and prayed sporadically, but I knew that I needed a more solid prayer routine.

I am embarrassed to admit it, but I was actually teaching a Bible study at the time! I was in God's word more than I ever had been, but I wasn't inviting Him into my life, and I sure wasn’t taking the time to listen for His voice.

That's when God told me that if I desired an intimate relationship with Him, I was going to need to spend time with Him in prayer. That's when I created the quiet time system I still use today- it's been a huge blessing! 

More than anything, prayer reminds us that we’re not alone, that there’s grace, mercy, and love available, always.

Next Steps: Deepening Your Prayer Practice

Feeling ready to take things to the next level? Awesome. Consider diving a bit deeper.

You could explore different prayer methods for inspiration, join a community or group to share experiences, or even set aside special time for a prayer retreat (something I highly recommend!). 

Experiment with praying scripture or meditating on specific Bible verses. The goal isn’t to make it complicated but to enrich your experience and connection.



If you would like more prayer guidance or inspiration, you can check out our prayer resources here!


There you go! A beginner's guide to embracing the simplicity and depth of prayer. Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all approach here. It's your journey, unique and personal. So, here's to finding your path, one prayer at a time. Happy praying!


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