“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know”. – Jeremiah 33:3 NIV
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, thankful, and accompanied by faith. Throughout the Bible, there are incredibly brief, but powerful, prayers. Here are a few of them:
- Moses prayed for his sister: “Heal her now, O God, I beseech You!” (Numbers 12:13).
- Elijah prayed: “O Lord my God, I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him” (1 Kings 17:21 NKJV).
- Jesus prayed: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34 NKJV).
There will be times when you’ll pray longer prayers than others, but there is no correlation between how many minutes or hours we pray and whether God hears us. Just one word spoken to Him in faith from a sincere heart can reach His heart and move His hand.
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