Complicating Prayer
Posted on: April 10, 2013, by : Brandon Gilliland

Over the past few weeks, I have had the chance to talk with many people about prayer. I found that many find prayer to be complicating. The reality is that we make prayer complicating. It doesn’t have to be!



In modern Christianity, I have seen that prayer has become an “art”. Many do not pray because they feel that they are not a “good enough pray-er”. It really makes me sad that people feel that way. Prayer is not an “art” or a style of speaking that is used to fill a spot in a church service; however, it is a conversation with God.


I believe that we often over-complicate prayer.


It is hard to develop a strong relationship with God if your prayer life is almost non-existent. God desires to talk with us…and more importantly, He desires for us to pray passionate prayers. This does not mean that it has to be a perfectly delivered oratorical speech. Prayer is simply a talk with God.

There is a really good video on prayer by Steven Furtick that I have watched a few times. If you would take the time to watch the video, it will challenge you.

If you can’t see the video, click here.



In order to start praying passionately and intently, we must get out of the cycle of praying cliches. I think that it is easy to just repeat words or “churchy” sentences that we have heard our whole lives without even knowing what we are saying. God calls each of us to more than that. He desires for us to just say what is on our heart. He wants us to develop a true relationship with Him.


Instead of being “corporate”, God wants us to be “authentic”.


So if you don’t know where to begin, just take some time today to talk to God and share your heart with Him. Start praying passionate prayers!


  • This is exactly why I wrote my “Stop Praying Like A Pagan” post! Right on Brandon!

    • I remember that one! That was a great post! One of the reasons I wrote this post was because I’ve talked with a few people through Twitter about this. A few of the people mentioned that their prayer lies were stagnant and some even said that they don’t get the point in it.

  • I agree, we tend to make it complicated.

    I just talk with God like I do anyone I love and respect. After my dad died, I really began seeing God as my dad and now I go to Him as such. It’s wonderful! 

    • That’s awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by to share! It’s always good to hear from you!

      • Thanks Brandon, Hope you’re having a good semester. God bless.

        • I am actually! It is going really well! I will have my first college degree after this semester, so I’m working hard to finish it up! Thanks for asking! I hope everything is going well for you!

          • Life’s busy as usual, so all is well here.
            So glad you’re enjoying your last semester, I’m sure you’re thrilled to be moving on to the next step. I remember I was.

  • This is great, thanks for sharing.

  • This is the second time today that Steven Furtick came up and about the sun stand still prayer. Wow! Powerful stuff!

  • Jason K

    Thanks for sharing this message. I recently decided to try and learn about Jesus and have never really prayed. Definitely helps me understand a little better.

    • So glad you were encouraged by the post! Did you get a chance to watch that video? It’s so good!

      • Jason K

        I did….it was very good. Hopefully I can get comfortable with praying Look forward to checking out some of your other posts.