Poll: Daily prayer time for Christians?


Please take a second and vote in this quick poll on prayer!  Please answer for you personally, not what you think others should do.

If you're taking your Christian faith seriously, what is the minimum time you need to set aside daily for prayer?

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Carrie August 14, 2009 at 9:29 am

I would like to say that regardless of what the popular vote is for this poll, the amount of time one spends in prayer is proportional to how long he has been practicing prayer. Someone new to any kind of prayer might have a really hard time sitting down for more than 5 minutes at the beginning. And, one’s state in life also makes a difference. Parents of dependent children have a different distribution of prayer time than single people or parent of older children.

I’m just saying all that for me, but I thought I’d share. I like your posts, Matt. Thanks, and may God continue to bless you!

Scott August 14, 2009 at 9:48 am

Prayer has always been a tough spot for me on my spiritual walk. I believe it’s vitally important for any Christian regardless of where they are, even if, in my sinful nature, I’m not very good at following my own advice.

Even so, I don’t think anyone besides God himself can say what the “minimum” amount is for any given person. I think even considering prayer in terms of the minimum required is misleading, if not dangerous.

We tell the outside world that what makes us different is our relationship with God. We tell ourselves that if we want that relationship to grow, we have to talk with God through prayer, the same way we would talk to any human we want to grow closer to. There is no more of a “minimum” for prayer time spent with God than there is a minimum for time you must spend with your spouse or significant other. I don’t know about you, but I would never dare ask my girlfriend for a minimum timeframe that I had to spend talking with her!

Carrie August 14, 2009 at 6:35 pm

I really like your comment, and I agree that we can not give a general “minimum” for all Christians. But each person might like to make a “minimum” or goal, depending on how you look at it.

Bill August 14, 2009 at 11:09 am

Are you counting time for daily Mass as part of this time? If yes, change one of the “30 to 60 minutes” to “more than one hour” for me.

Chris August 14, 2009 at 1:12 pm

luke 16:15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”

anna August 14, 2009 at 4:16 pm

i pray everyday usually in the evening , but i love it, it brings me a peace and comfort that i have never felt. faith is a beautiful gift.

Artie Catalano August 15, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Some people have very busy days and the act of actually kneeling down and praying can be a chore. A very good priest once told me to make my every day life a form of prayer. I no longer have an subscription to the Magnificat, but I highly highly recommend this if you want to deepen your prayer life.

Mary August 15, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Yes, I said more than an hour.
And no that does not include Mass but
the hour is not done ALL AT ONCE.
And yes, I am 53 and have been at it a while but
I used to pray(over and over) for much of a hour bus ride home from work, (25 yrs ago), “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner.”
I’m not a rosary prayer, but doing that, even one Mystery gives you 15 min, all four mysteries and there’s your hour.
I pray Tthe Office of the readings, Morning prayer, evening prayer and with my husband we do Night Prayer.
So there are may ways to pray on hour or more a day.
Even 15 mins on our knees before mass, (instead of socializing),
and the best of all at Adoration! adds to the time one spends in prayers.
Putting aside time to spend with our finest friends, that’s prayer, being with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Mother Mary, the Angels and Saints happily join us if invited.
God Bless
P.S. an easy help is to simply tell God every night, that you put your soul in His hands. He will not only protect your soul but God will also teach you.

Artie Catalano August 16, 2009 at 7:46 am

Mary that is beautiful! I admit I could do a better job of time management in regards to prayer.

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