So it’s totally natural to beg God for help when we’re at our wits’ end. During those tough times, I admit I make long prayers and I still miss the point. It’s as if I believe the more that is said about my thoughts and feelings, the more God will hear me. I’ve basically fooled myself again and didn’t realize that I didn’t fully offer my troubles and desires to Him. I made it about me. I’ve been through this plenty of times, but the lesson never gets old. And honestly, I’m glad it doesn’t. After all, I am not perfect, but I don’t take advantage of that fact by willingly abusing God’s grace. I think sometimes we pray unnecessary, long prayers, and it shows a side of us that is insecure and not really trusting God, so we unknowingly compensate by talking more to get that peace and assurance we want, and oftentimes when we’re done, it feels as if God didn’t hear us. Hmm I wonder why. I believe it’s because we wanted to hear ourselves more. Instead of trusting God that He heard everything we cried about, we keep the big lights on ourselves and say, “Look here, I need every bit of Your attention, You need to fix this big problem I have, or I’m going to go crazy!!!” And so crazy is exactly what I become because I believed myself more than God. I knew a woman who prayed very long prayers and she would specifically stay on the same topic as if she was hoarding her problem. I didn’t mean to judge, and I eventually prayed about it. However, I couldn’t help hear the pessimism in her voice. And then I realized a simple truth. The way a person prays says a lot about that person’s confidence/faith in God.
We need to calm down and just trust Him.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God…”
Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We have to forget about ourselves and how big our problems are or just forget about all the things that we want God to fulfill, and instead focus more on wanting Him. If we just make our prayers freakishly focused on God, things will inevitably fall into place by the power of His right hand. I mean forget about things falling into place. They will just happen. God is the bigger picture. Because when we talk too much, we grow deaf with pride, and this won’t allow us to hear His voice. God wants us to have peace and not be anxious.
There are also those people who pray short prayers for the wrong reason. Perhaps their prayers lack depth because their relationship with God doesn’t go that deep either. I think those who pray long prayers should learn to keep it short and those who pray short prayers should learn to pray longer. I think I’ve got it figured out. When we are at the mountaintop with God, we should pray long prayers. Long because He wants to hear your praise and adoration, long so He can hear all that you are thankful for, long because you know you won’t be up there forever, and so you can ask Him for all the guidance you need to equip you for the valley. It’s usually when we’re enjoying ourselves up there that we tend to take a break from God (subconsciously becoming lukewarm again). And when we’re down at the valley, which feels more like a trench, and we swear it’s hell, we should pray short prayers. Short because we know God equipped us pretty well so we stand confident, and trust that He’ll bring us through it and up the mountain again, short because our faith withstands despite the very few words we’ve uttered, and short because we know Christ is our intercessor. God hears all prayers, but He is most pleased with big, dynamic prayers. Dynamic prayers don’t necessarily have to be long. Jesus’ prayers to the Father were often short and they were still powerful. Dynamic prayers are big prayers because of the faith being offered, and more so who those prayers are focused on. A Christian should not make his prayers/troubles/desires “bigger” than God, because God is larger than life. He deserves to be acknowledged that He’s bigger than anything else, not just through words of praise and worship, but through thoughts, feelings, and actions of faith, trust, and hope in His perfect will for you. And things will fall into place. Less is more and more is less. The one thing that prayer changes the most is the one praying.
By His Grace, Sheela