And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? (Mark 14:37, ESV)
Did you realize that the scriptures do not prescribe for us any specifics about how long we should pray or study the Bible or do this or that? Your life is meant to be lived by the Spirit and not ceremonial rules as such.
So how long should we pray a day? Or should we even pray every day? Let me quickly share a profound truth with you to answer these questions. Your performance in prayer does not change God’s love for you. Praying more does not make you more of a child of God than someone who does not. But there is a catch. Our practical relationship with God and especially our experiences of His presence, power and blessings in this present life are conditioned on the maturity of our relationship with Him.
God loves all of us the same, but not all of us have the same intimacy and relationship with Him. This is a crucial truth. We are all loved, and are children but we live in what I call different circles of intimacy. And God has left it up to each of us to decide where we want to be. If you pray 5 minutes a day and read one scripture a day, it will never change how much God loves you. But you will experience Him proportional to 5minutes a day prayer and one scripture a day. This is one of the greatest deceptions I have found amongst us believers today. People want to pray, for example, 1 minute a day but experience the presence or the exercise power reserved for those who have greater intimacy with Him. For example, a believer can spend his entire day entertaining themselves and when a problem arises, they get up and try to speak to their circumstance like their pastor did and wonder why nothing happens. Many of them see the results their pastor or that man of God on TV obtains but never pay attention to know what these men and women of God do behind the screens.
How long should you pray? It depends on where you want to be with God. How long should you read the Bible a day? It depends on what you are looking for. The treasures of the kingdom are for those who are practically closest. Pray five minutes a day, God will still love you but expect to get five minutes a day spiritual results.
What kind of relationship are you looking for with God?
APPLY THE WORD
Brethren, we are in very challenging days and it is geting more challenging each day. However, those who are planted by the rivers of living water will flourish while the rest of the world around them is drying up. I lay before you an intimate or superficial relationship with the Father today. Choose to be intimate with the Spirit and enjoy the glory of His presence and power here and now! Pay the price. Go after God more than silver or gold.
Ask the Spirit to put a desire in your heart for intimacy with Him and to make you to be restless until you see His glory and power in your life.