How Can I K.I.S.S. to Pray?

by Janis Cox


Last week I said I struggled in my prayer life. After reading Margaret’s chapter on prayer in Wonderstruck I decided to try the 3 word prayers.

Powerful words. Passionate Words. Exciting Words

Here are some of my 3 word prayers from this week:

          • show me wonder
          • open big doors
          • keep me focussed
          • give me strength
          • help me pray
          • I adore You

I think that I need to keep the K.I.S.S. theory for my prayers:


In Scripture we read that Jesus said not to babble or make long prayers.

“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again” (Matthew 6:7, NLT)

Instead if we look at Jesus’ prayers we can see that each word holds meaning.

Looking at the first section of the Lord’s Prayer:

Found in Luke 11:2 in the New Living Translation:

“Father, may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.”

It is about God’s goodness and grandeur; and I wanted to sing two songs:

Lord Reign in Me by Benton Brown

Refiner’s Fire by Brian Doerksen

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters. Janis has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Janis’s Website.


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