The Loudmouth Protestant

May 18, 2009

A Simple Prayer

Filed under: christianity,God,prayer,spirituality — nickisym @ 1:11 pm

Yesterday afternoon, as my family was gathered together to celebrate a cousin’s graduation from college, I heard a simple prayer. It came from my uncle, my cousin’s father, who is a learned man but not necessarily a spiritual one. This isn’t for any particular reason,  it’s just his natural disposition. But as he stood in the room among family and friends, he knew the only appropriate thing to do was pray to God and give Him thanks for getting us to the wonderful day.

Before he parted his lips, he attempted to preface his prayer by stating that he isn’t the most spiritual or religious person. Sensing the words that were about to come out of his mouth my aunt told him to go forward. What followed was a beautiful outpouring of one man’s spirit to His God. It was pure, not wrapped up in the grandiloquence that people believe is necessary for prayer, and simple. 

He was at a loss for words at times and at others you could sense he wanted to say something high and lofty, but he was always steered back into simple prayer. Not complicated, verbose, and loud. Just honest, heartfelt and perfectly timed.

It was nothing more than a simple prayer.



  1. I wish I could have heard it. I’m sure it was profound in its simplicity. Sometimes the more “spiritual” among us go on and on and never really say anything. But to humbly know you’re not “spiritual” is the first step in a life that can be pleasing to God. Besides, the first beatitude is, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”



    Comment by Jim Thornber — May 18, 2009 @ 1:35 pm | Reply

    • Yeah it was really beautiful and you are very right about the more spiritual of us making prayer more complicated than it ought to be with all of our learning.

      Comment by loudmouthprotestant — May 18, 2009 @ 1:53 pm | Reply

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