1 I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me;
hear me when I call to you.
2 May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:1-2
The word picture David painted of prayer is vivid. They rise like incense into God’s nostrils.
In short, prayers matter.
It’s not the length or even the eloquence of the prayers that matter, but the prayers themselves.
We get trapped into thinking that we need to be formal and wordy when we pray. THAT we pray is almost as important as WHAT we pray. How do I know this? Take a look at this prayer of David’s It’s not long. Many of his prayers in the psalms are not long. Some of them are. But his words to God are recorded. He prayed. He didn’t just talk about it.
He wants us to pray because He wants communion with us, as incredible as that seems.
Short ten word praises and prayers.
Lengthy “laundry list” prayers.
Everything in between.
And of course, complete silence while He responds.