This evening I attended a community prayer meeting kicking off a season of prayer which will culminate Thursday with the National Day of Prayer. I find it ironic that the National Day of Prayer usually is about a one hour time slot featuring food, music, speaking and a couple of public prayers.
I remember preaching/teaching on the subject on prayer during a worship service. To make a point I led the congregation to bow their heads and pray for 10% of the length of the teaching time. The time translated into 2 minutes. I am a man of brevity and few words. Interestingly enough the time seemed to drag by. After about 30 seconds some were looking up to see if the time was over. I knelt by the pulpit and peered out. At the one minute mark many were fidgeting. At two minute conclusion of prayer most seemed relieved.
I find my prayer life too brief and hurried at times. I wonder at times if the length is the problem or the intensity. I have never sweat drops of blood like Jesus when I have prayed. Perhaps what I and other believers need in addition to the National day of Prayer is the daily time of intense prayer. Should I dare to get intense with God I truly believe He will move heaven and earth to bring revival to our nation.