The other day I received a message from someone on Facebook with the simple statement of "most times I just don't know how to pray". That honest statement made me realize, that some times when we have been doing something for so long, that we just don't realize how complicated we make things. This got me thinking about how we teach prayer in Sunday School. If you have struggled with just trying to start praying, perhaps this simple tool will help you. Using the hand as our guide, the thumb reminds us of who we are talking to -"Our Father". The index finger reminds us to say "we thank you...." At this point we pause to give thanks for all the good things in life, and for all the things He has done for us through the cross. The middle finger reminds us of our petitions as we say, "we ask...." - then we make our prayer requests known to God. The fourth finger is the reminder to say "In Jesus name" and the pinky is "Amen". This is essentially the simple structure of prayer. Prayer is this structure coupled with the understanding that prayer is simply talking with God. As you become more accustomed you will find that other elements will be added to your times of prayer. Your times of giving thanks may turn into times of confession. Your asking may turn into times of silence and reveling in His presence. Prayer just requires a simple structure with simple but sincere words. Prayer is not rocket science, it is simply spending time with the one who loves you and has created you for this relationship. We may need a Phd in rocket science to find the time to spend with the Lord, but that is another issue to deal with. I encourage you to embrace this simple structure of prayer and invite you to simply start praying. Peace.