{2 Thessalonians 1:11; NLT}

So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.

Other things being equal, your growth and mine into the likeness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be in exact proportion to the time and to the heart we put into prayer. Please note exactly what I say: “Your growth and mine into the likeness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be in exact proportion to the time and to the heart we put into prayer.” I put it in that way because there are many who put a great deal of time but so little heart into their praying that they do very little praying in the long time they spend at it.

R. A. Torrey, The Power of Prayer, Olive Tree Bible Software Edition

Questions for reflection:

  • ¬†How was Paul’s heart seen in the prayer he prayed for the Thessalonians?
  • Have you ever been discouraged by the short length of your prayers?
  • Instead of length, what should we be concerned about when we pray?
  • Why is heart more important than time when it comes to prayer?
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