Dwight L. Moody said:
My experience is that those who pray most in their closets generally make short prayers in public. Long prayers are too often not prayers at all, and they weary the people.
- How short the publican's prayer was: “God be merciful to me a sinner!”
- The Syrophoenician woman's was shorter still: “Lord help me!” She went right to the mark, and she got what she wanted.
- The prayer of the thief on the cross was a short one: “Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom!”
- Peter's prayer was, “Lord, save me, or I perish!”
Here's a short Celtic prayer:
Dear God, be good to me. The sea is so wide, and my boat is so small.
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