ABOUT Christians praying LONG PRAYERS

Why do some Christians feel like they have to pray such long, senseless prayers to get God to move?

Pray also for me, that whenever I speak … I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. Ephesians 6:19  

 When I first started praying in a group, large or small, I felt the need to pray for everything. At mealtimes, when I visited my wife’s family in Central Alabama the first few times, I felt compelled to pray for every thing & everybody. Since I was a young minister at that time, they expected me to bless the food similar to their father. By the time he finished praying, the food was cold, stale and dried out. It was a family tradition to have these long drawn out prayers at the dinner table. So to appease the family, I would ask for EVERYTHING under the sun.   There is a TIME  for prayer service- not at the dinner table!!! I did it a few times until I said enough is enough. That is when I received strange looks for praying such a short prayer for blessing the food. 

 Listen saints, when we pray in vague terms, we often miss the working of God’s hand. For example,  while it’s not wrong to pray for “those who are sick,” we should be mindful to pray also for people we know who are sick—and we’ll be able to see how God answers (according to his will). In our verse for today, Paul makes a very specific request: that his words may be effective in presenting the gospel. Even though he mentions some general concerns for prayer, he also has one request that he wants others to remember. When we bring specific requests to God in prayer, we consider our words carefully. That helps us avoid having our prayers become a mere listing of items that we repeat, often without thinking. 

I have visited some churches during their opening prayer devotion. The prayers would go on for hours (literally). The devotion leader would be screaming out prayers into the microphone as loud as she/he could. After so long you hear the same prayer over and over again. There is no regard to what Jesus said in Matthews 6: [5] And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. [6] But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. [7] But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. [8] Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask.