When Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them to pray, he didn’t give fourteen principles on prayer. He didn’t give them a book. He didn’t even give them a sermon. He gave them a very short, simple, prayer.

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ’Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’ ” Luke 11:1–4 (NIV)

Thirty four words in the NIV. Simple.

Is your teaching simple? Teach like Jesus.