It doesn’t have to be long
Perhaps the biggest lie Satan tells people about prayer is that it needs to take a long time. He will make you think you have to pray for hours before you have really prayed, but I am telling you that prayer does not have to be long in order to be powerful. They don’t have to be short to be powerful, either. The length of our prayers really makes no difference to God all that matters is that we pray the way He is teaching us to pray and that our prayers are spirit led, heartfelt and accompanied by true faith. I have learned to pray until I feel full and satisfied in my spirit and that takes longer on some days than it does others. I believe we can get so tangled up in the words of our prayers that we begin to lost power of our prayers. I want to stress again that there is certainly nothing wrong with praying for an extended period of time. As previously stated. I do believe we should all set time for prolonged prayer and that our willingness or lack of willingness to spend time with God determines our level of intimacy with Him. But I do not believe we need to labour to put in a certain number of hours in prayer apart from the leading of the Holy Spirit, out of a sense of obligation or as a work of the flesh. If issues in our lives really requires us to pray at great length, than we need to do that but we do not have to pray prolonged prayers just for the sake of logging time. When God challenged me to make my requests of him in as few words as possible, he simply asked me to be concise and to the point and then to be quiet. When I did I could not believe the increased power that came to my prayer life. To this day when I pray that way I sense more of the Holy Spirit power and presence than I do if I go on and on and on and on.
- By Joyce Meyer