The first chapter of Richard Foster’s Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home is entitled “Simple Prayer.” He writes,
” … we are brought to the most basic, the most primary form of prayer: Simple Prayer … we bring ourselves before God just as we are, warts and all. Like children before a loving father, we open our hearts and make our requests. We do not try to sort things out … We simply and unpretentiously share out concerns and make our petitions.” (p 9)
The first time I looked into this book I was surprised by to find this as the first chapter. Maybe I was looking for something more spiritual, more profound, dare I say deeper. That may be even more the reason I need to hear how truly deep simple prayer is. It does after all arise from our heart of hearts; our deepest desires, hopes and fears.
Simple prayer is honest and real. And it is who we are.
There is principle of prayer I have heard many times and it rings more and more true, “Pray as you can, not as you cannot.”