Praying Longer

Have you ever timed yourself while praying? I did and decided to start praying longer. Something very special happens when we purpose to stay in the place of communing with the Lord.

Jeremiah 29:13
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

The key word in our text today is “earnestly.” Sometimes I will set a goal during my prayer time to stay and pray longer. When I have the thought to stop praying and go do something else, I will commit to stay and pray even longer. Then when the thought comes again, I will stay even longer. Earnestly, seriously, and diligently I keep praying and seeking God.

I’ve heard it said that if something is done for twenty eight days in a row that it becomes a habit. Perhaps you would consider making a commitment to spend extended time talking to the Lord until it becomes a habit.

Heb 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Often, something very special happens when I do start praying longer, I enter into that place where the love of God begins to overwhelm me. At times, tears will stream down my face as I am being touched in a personal way by God. During these times I begin to realize that my thoughts and prayers are directed in a different way, I become so aware of God being present, at that moment my prayers begin to get filled with faith! Consider setting a goal today to stay in prayer a little longer, earnestly seeking God until he is found. Perhaps you could set a goal to try this every day for a week or even a month, what about for a life time? Our verse says he “rewards” those who earnestly seek him.

Prayer: Lord help me to find the secret place of intimacy with you where I would not want to leave. You said if I would seek you that I would find you…Continue praying longer!