Joyful Prayer (Philippians 1:3-8)

In his sermon “Joyful Prayer,” Simon Pranaitis explores Apostle Paul’s practice of consistently praying with joy, as detailed in Philippians 1:3-8. He highlights how Paul’s unceasing prayers and thankfulness fostered deep relationships and spiritual growth within the church. Pranaitis urges the congregation to emulate Paul’s example to enhance their spiritual lives and Christian community connections through joyful and consistent prayer.

SImon Pranaitis

SImon Pranaitis


Simon is originally from Golden, Colorado, where he was homeschooled and lived until age 17. He attended Hillsdale College in Michigan. He majored in physics and mathematics and minored in music. He played on the soccer team and participated in the orchestra, choir, and other musical groups.

He moved to Southern California to complete his Master’s in Bioscience at Keck Graduate Institute. While in graduate school, he met and married the love of his life, Jessica. They spent the first ten years of their married life in Ontario, CA, attending Foothill Bible Church in Upland, CA, and working together in High School Ministries and Young Married Small Group Ministries.

Simon co-taught an adult Sunday School class with one of the elders, volunteered on the missions commission, took courses at Foothill Institute of Theological Training (FITT), and participated in regular evangelism outreach. Simon’s work for a medical device company moved the family to Seattle, where they continued serving in small group ministries. Simon also served as a deacon at Living Hope Bible Church in Issaquah, WA.

Simon, Jessica, and their five kids have lived in Idaho since 2017, attended Kootenai Church since 2021, and rejoice in God’s providence of rich fellowship and opportunities for growth in Christ. Simon works remotely for Unchained, a Bitcoin financial services company, and enjoys gardening with Jessica, playing the piano, reading theology, and learning about Bitcoin.