How often are you supposed to pray? How much praying should we actually do?
Make prayer a regular daily habit. Never lose contact with God. The spirit of prayer is keeping so in tune with God so we can lift our hearts in request or praise anytime through the day.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
1. Christian people are to develop a regular and faithful habit of prayer, a structured and ordered life of prayer, grounded in the Word. A. L. Barry
2. Everything starts with prayer. Love to pray - feel the need to pray often during the day, and take the trouble to pray. If you want to pray better, you must pray more. The more you pray the easier it becomes. Perfect prayer does not consist of many words but in the fervor of the desire which raises the heart to Jesus. Mother Teresa (Jaya Chaliha and Edward LeJoly)
3. In our finiteness there is one way of “multiplying” our time - prayer. Edith Schaeffer
4. God the Father wants to release the work of Jesus through your prayers. Dutch Sheets
5. This is what we need in prayer, an attitude of persistence. Dutch Sheets
6. I do not suppose that God has called many of us, if any of us, to spend seven or eight hours a day in prayer, but I am confident God has called most of us, if not everyone of us, to put more time into prayer than we now do. R. A. Torrey
7. Prayer does not have to be long in order to be powerful. In fact, some of the most powerful prayers we can pray are concise and to-the-point. Joyce Meyer
8. Prayer is the easiest and best way to deal with any situation. We need to pray before we do anything else in response to the things that happen in our lives. Joyce Meyer
How long should prayers be?
Any length is suitable that can be offered with a sincere heart and without vain repetition. Prayer is not an arithmetic process, not how eloquent, and not how logical. God wants a combination of fervency and sincerity with perseverance. One of the hardest lessons to learn is not to give up. The Bible does give us three time-guides for personal prayer. 1. “Pray without ceasing.” 2. Daily quiet times similar to the life of David found in Psalm 5:31. 3. Extended times of prayer, like Jesus spending a whole night in prayer.
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words (Matthew 6:7).
1. It's not the number of words you say or how eloquent you are that counts with God. As you speak, it is the sincerity of your words that matters to God. What is in your hearts gives your voices credibility. John Maxwell
2. A lack of endurance is one of the greatest causes of defeat, especially in prayer. Dutch Sheets
3. “How much time must I spend in prayer?” The thought that now possesses me is, “How much time may I spend in prayer without neglecting the other privileges and duties of life?” R. A. Torrey
4. A consensus among Christian leaders who have specialized in matters of prayer, devotional life, spirituality, and Christian discipleship is that there should be a time of prayer every day. C. Peter Wagner
5. Some brethren pray by the yard, but true prayer is measured by weight - not by length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length. Lance Wubbles
6. Korean pastors average 90 minutes a day in prayer. C. Peter Wagner
7. The time factor in prayer is very important. In the exercise of prayer God is not tied to our clocks… It takes time to know the mind of God, to shut out the material things of earth and to be wholly abandoned." Hugh C. C. McCullough
When can we pray?
Anytime! God doesn’t have office hours.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints (Ephesians 6:18).
1. You can pray while you work. Work doesn't stop prayer and prayer doesn't stop work. It requires only that small raising of the mind to Him: I love you God. I trust you. I believe in you. I need you now. Small things like that. They are wonderful prayers. Mother Teresa (Jaya Chaliha and Edward LeJoly)
2. Love to pray. Feel often during the day the need for prayer and take the trouble to pray. Mother Teresa (Jaya Chaliha and Edward LeJoly)
3. It is well to let prayer be the first work in the early morning and the last work in the evening and to guard with care against the false, deceptive thoughts which say, wait a bit - after an hour I shall pray. First I must do this or that. For with such thoughts one gets from prayer into business matters, which then hold one captive. As a result, nothing comes of prayer on that day. Martin Luther (WA 38, 359)
4. You must learn to call. Do not sit by yourself or lie on a couch, hanging and shaking your head. Do not destroy yourself with your own thoughts by worrying. Do not strive and struggle to free yourself, and do not brood on your wretchedness, suffering, and misery. Say to yourself: “Come on, you lazy bum; down on your knees and lift your eyes and hands toward heaven!” Read a Psalm or the Our Father, call on God, and tearfully lay your troubles before Him…. Here you learn that praying, reciting your troubles, and lifting up your hands are a sacrifice most pleasing to God. It is his desire and will that you lay your troubles before Him. He does not want you to multiply your troubles by burdening and torturing yourself. He wants youth to be too weak to bear and overcome such troubles; He wants you to grow strong in Him. By His strength He is glorified in you. Martin Luther (LW 14, 60-61)
5. If you really want to spend time praying, you give up something else, and just do it. John Maxwell
What is the role of the Bible in prayer?
God works through His word to strengthen our faith. His Word can also guide our prayer life. Try reading Scripture, and then pray your own prayer for whatever person God brings to your mind concerning the topic of the Scripture read. It can and does become a thrilling, stimulating, inspirational time. Also begin your prayers by reminding yourself and God of the promises He has given in Scripture to answer your prayers.
(Pray this prayer of Paul’s for someone you know. I have especially prayed this prayer for our sons.)
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:9-14).
1. If our prayers are not responses to Scripture--formed and shaped by Scripture--we will soon be drifting away in our own self-centered concerns and will find that our prayer lives are dry and empty. A. L. Barry
2. If we would feed the fire of our prayers with the fuel of God’s Word, all our difficulties in prayer would disappear. Cynthia Heald
3. (Luther stresses the close connection between prayer and use of God’s Word.) This is another good thing about prayer. If you use it and practice it and thus ponder the Word of his promise, your heart keeps getting stronger and firmer in its confidence, and finally gets much more than it would have otherwise. Martin Luther (LW 21, 233).
4. Prayer and the Word are inseparably linked together, for I can’t pray intelligently about his plans unless I understand what His Word says. John MacArthur
5. If you can read the Word of God and not be driven to prayer, you’re not listening to what you’re reading. John MacArthur
6. The Word generates prayer, because when it speaks of God, we long to commune with Him. When it speaks of blessing, we long to praise Him. When it speaks of promise, we long to receive it. When it speaks of sin, it leads us to confess it. And when it speaks of hell, it leads us to pray for the lost. The Word of God causes prayer. John MacArthur
7. "To have prayed well is to have studied well" was a wise sentence of Luther's. Lance Wubbles
8. Here, let it be said, that no two things are more essential to a spirit-filled life than Bible-reading and secret prayer… The study of the Word and prayer go together, and where we find the one truly practiced, the other is sure to be seen in close alliance. E.M. Bounds
9. The Holy Spirit enables us to understand Scripture and turn it into proper prayer. Thus, prayer that is kingdom-focused will not be merely sentimental; it will be scriptural. Archie Parrish
10. A man may study because his brain is hungry for knowledge, even Bible knowledge. But he prays because his soul is hungry for God. Leonard Ravenhill
11. The mightier any is in the Word, the more mighty he will be in prayer. William Gurnall