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Monday, July 24, 2017
Today's Devotion
"Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere" (Ephesians 6:18).

QUESTION: "How much time should we spend in prayer?"

Years ago I read a great response to this question. I thought you'd enjoy me passing it on to you:

Perhaps the most important thing to recognize is that the amount of time spent is not as important as the fact of prayer itself, that it takes place. Martin Luther once commented, "I am so busy that if I did not spend two or three hours each day in prayer I could not get through the day." C. H. Spurgeon, on the other hand, when speaking of lengthy prayer said, "I could not do it if my life depended on it. It's like going to the bank with a check: I don't loaf around the premises after I already have my money."

An intense, short prayer, prayed with one's whole being can be as important as a two-hour prayer. The one-word cry of "Help" to God from a dying man has as much meaning as a lifetime of lengthy perfunctory prayers. Luther and Spurgeon would probably agree that the attitude of submission and obedience is far more important than the amount of time. (Terry Muck, LEADERSHIP, pp. 34-35, Winter Quarter, 1982)
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Today's ScriptShare
"So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son" (John 1:14).
The LORD bless you and keep you; 
The LORD make His face shine on you, 
And be gracious to you; 
The LORD lift up His countenance on you, 
And give you peace.
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