The minister out our church that works with the young professional and college age crowd in our congregation gave the guest sermon today at church. His sermon was about how to pray. He referred to both Matthew 6:7-13 and Luke 11:1-4 and discussed several other cases of examples of Jesus praying as an example and as instruction. The key note is that all of the examples He uses, the prayer is short, but meaningful. That doesn't mean that long prayers aren't welcome, but rather, prayers should be meaningful, and short is perfectly acceptable.
My friend at Bill of Grace wrote about how Paul instructs us to pray without ceasing. That sounds intimidating and people sometimes seem to get worked up and think that they have to really prepare themselves for prayer. From today's sermon, I find solace and reassurance that no preparation is necessary. Come as you are, even if its only for a minute.