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Jul

01

2010

Are shorter prayers more godly?

If some generations need to learn that God is not particularly impressed by long-winded prayers, and is not more disposed to help us just because we are garrulous, our generation needs to learn that God is not impressed by the kind of brevity that is nothing other than culpable negligence.

D. A. Carson, A Call to Spiritual Reformation, (Grand Rapids:Baker, 1992), 36.


So much for quoting, "Let your words be few" together with "God knows what you need before you ask him" (Ecc 5:2; Matt 6:8), in order to justify short prayers, eh? These, I judge, are written toward the first half of Carson's sentence, yet not in justification of the second half.

We must learn to linger in the presence of God, and find delight in extended times of private prayer.

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