“Pray passionately in the Spirit, as you constantly intercede with every form of prayer at all times. Pray the blessings of God upon all his believers.” (Ephesians 6:18 TPT)

When we pray we know that God hears us and we believe that we receive what we ask for. Many understand this assurance to mean that we only need to pray short prayers asking for specific things.

Why then do we pray long prayers?

We see many instances where we are instructed to pray constantly, continuously and with all devotion (Colossians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Acts 12:5). When we look closely at the ministry of prayer, we realise that we do not only pray because of what prayer does for us but also what pray does in us.

So why should we pray?

In the first place, prayer preserves us from the plan of the enemy. Every Christian must realize that we have an adversary and he has plans meant for destruction and trouble. (I Peter 5:8)

Thankfully, we are not ignorant of his devices, and we enforce our advantage over him in the place of prayer. (2 Corinthians 2:11, I Peter 5:9)

We see a clear example in Luke 22:31-32. Jesus had discerned the work that the devil was trying to do in Peter’s life and his solution to this was to pray. It does not matter what the plan of the enemy is, if only we would pray.

Secondly, in the place of prayer we receive the who, what, where and how for God’s plans and instructions. Many of us have received instructions during the reboot camp and some of them may not seem clear yet. We learn from the story of Cornelius just how specific divine instruction can be (Acts 10:5-7). It is possible to know exactly what to do, when to do it and who to do it with. It is possible in the place of prayer.

Finally, prayer prepares us for God’s plan. In Acts 13:2, the church spent a long time praying and received instructions from the Holy Spirit. Their first line of execution was to pray some more.

In this season, many of us have received instructions for the next step of God’s plan for our lives. When we pray, we find the courage to execute them. In fact, we begin to see them unfold before our very eyes.

Friends, take a conscious decision to engage in long periods of prayer consistently and continuously. With all that prayer does in us, we can understand that this is not an experience that should happen only once a year.