Somehow it seems we have come to equate long prayers and long periods of prayer as a sign of spiritual maturity.
Yet I have come to realize that the model prayer of Jesus, the Lord’s Prayer, and the psalms of King David are quite short.
No doubt Jesus and King David prayed and no doubt they had calloused knees, but I dare say their prayers were less in length and more in frequency. They were looking for strength to be about the Father’s business rather than being held up in solitude.
They practiced His presence in their coming and going, seizing every opportunity to talk and walk with God throughout the day. They didn’t leave God in their prayer closets. Their prayer lives were built on relationship not ritual.
I like what Lawrence said in his book, The Practice of the Presence of God, “It isn’t necessary to be too verbose in prayer, because lengthy prayers encourage wandering thoughts. Simply present yourself to God as if you were a poor man knocking on the door of a rich man, and fix your attention on His presence.”
When we practice the presence of God we find ourselves in conversation, a dialog, with Him throughout the day.
Setting appointments with God is good but open interaction with Him throughout the day never leaves a man alone for He is with him always.
May we not ignore His presence in our lives but rather embrace and engage a living God who loves to hang out with His kids day in and day out!