It’s enchanting afternoon!
One of my favourite classical child actresses is Shirley Temple of the famed Heidi and Curly Top. In my opinion, she was one of the finest child actresses of the twentieth century; she takes the chequered flag of the not so cheerful Great Depression, the sharpest knife in the kitchen. In Curly Top, one of the scenes, Shirley makes a very short prayer, ‘and God bless my sister Mary, Amen’ and ends there with an amen.
How long should it be
God came down to our level in the person of Jesus Christ, to show His love for mankind. He regarded us so highly that He deemed it fit to pay the price for our rebellion and bring us up to the code.
He did not stop at that, He taught us how to pray (have communion with Him) so that we can always be in fellowship with Him. He does not despise an honest prayer. It is not in His nature to despise a broken and contrite heart. He listened to the lengthy prayer of Solomon, and He also listened to the short prayer of Peter when he was drowning.
Short or long, it reaches Him
Prayer reaches the Sovereign Lord, and it works. Whether long or short, it reaches the Almighty. It changes us. It changes the environment. It charges the atmosphere and sparks a wave of activities that culminate in victory for the believer.
It is a privilege to pray. Knowing that we have this privilege is imperative. It is like a country that has a stockpile of powerful Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. You just press the switch, and one ICBM is launched that strikes the enemy camp with horror and in devastation. Faith is like a formidable Air Defense System. No missiles, fighter jets, bombers, drones, etc can penetrate airspace that has a strong air defence system.
Friend, add your two penn’orths.