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Since immemorial, prayer has been a common way to talk to God. It has offered solace and guidance and made us feel at peace. 

Unfortunately, over time, many myths have surrounded the concept of prayer. This article will explore those myths and state certain facts about prayer.

Myth 1: Prayer Is a “Get-rich-quick” Scheme

One common myth about prayer is that you have to say the word and abracadabra – God fulfils all your material needs and desires! I’m afraid that’s not right. 

This point of view oversimplifies the essence of prayer. Prayer is a way to communicate with God. While it can give instant solace and inner peace, it’s not a magic word for financial increment.

Fact 1: Prayer Amplifies Who Or What You Believe In

Rather than solely focusing on external outcomes we cannot control, prayer allows us to talk to God and depend on him fully. Through prayer, we find solace in God by unburdening, seeking his wisdom, and finding the courage to navigate life’s challenges. 

Prayer provides a sense of empowerment and peace. This helps us find serenity in adversity.

Myth 2: Prayers Rely On Words Alone

We often envision reciting specific words or phrases when we think of prayer. This suggests that prayer is solely dependent on verbal communication with God. 

However, prayer extends beyond mere words. You can speak in tongues, pray in your understanding, pray under your breath. You can consider all these as prayers.

Fact 2: Prayer Involves Mindfulness and Intention

To have an effective prayer session, it must encompass mindfulness and intentionality. You must be fully present and be intentional about communicating with God.

This is an essential fact to note. We see many believers praying and are on their phones or praying, and their rice is on fire. That is, trying to concentrate on two things at the same time. There must be intentionality in the place of prayer.


Myth 3: Prayer Is a One-way Communication

Here is a scenario- Imagine you are conversing with your dad and would like to request some money from him. Imagine, after exchanging pleasantries, you ask for the money. You collect it, say thank you and leave. 

Imagine not listening to his response. Just you talking and responding to yourself. That would be a bizarre conversation. Now let’s put God in place of your dad. 

Many of us have that mentality of dumping our concerns before God and leaving after that- we don’t wait for His response. Because prayer is two-way, we should wait for him to talk back to us. Thankfully, we don’t have a father who doesn’t respond. So sit still and wait to listen to his still, small voice.

Fact 3: Prayer Fosters Listening and Spiritual Guidance

Prayer is a two-way process that involves both speaking and listening. While we may not always receive direct and immediate answers, prayer opens the door to spiritual guidance and insights. 

It allows us to tune into God, receive subtle nudges, or gain clarity through signs and synchronicities.

Myth 4: Prayers Solve All Problems

It is a common belief that prayer can miraculously solve all problems and challenges in life. This misconception often leads to disappointment and doubt when prayers seemingly go unanswered. 

God can answer our prayers in many different ways. He can say yes, no, or even “not right now”.

In all the answers we receive, we should remember that God has us in mind and isn’t a wicked Father, especially when we don’t get the answers we want.

Fact 4: Prayer Provides Strength and Acceptance

Prayer is not a panacea for life’s difficulties. It does not guarantee a specific outcome or grant every request. 

Yet, prayer offers us the strength to face adversity. It also gives us the courage to accept what cannot be changed and the wisdom to navigate life’s uncertainties. 

Because we have spoken to our Father, we are provided with solace, comfort, and a sense of surrender when faced with situations beyond our control.

You can watch last Sunday’s message: IS YOUR HEART LARGE ENOUGH FOR YOUR DREAM LIFE?


Prayer is a personal and meaningful way we talk to God. It is a beautiful activity that has transcended times and seasons. By dispelling common myths surrounding prayer, we can better understand the true purpose of prayer and its potential.

Written by: Adefunke Bolatito

Adefunke volunteers with the Content Team at Sycamore Church.

(Blogposts are creative expressions generously provided for Sycamore Church. The ideas and thoughts do not necessarily represent the position of Sycamore Church)

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