Many people are very rational and very skeptical of prayer life. Prayer for them becomes a burdensome ritual obligation, the shorter the better. Do not expect them to pray for one hour every day, praying for five or ten minutes feels torture. The story of the Gospel that tells of the Lord Jesus who prayed overnight for them like fantasy stories or imaginations of the Gospel writers. Most likely people like this do not dislike prayer but they just don’t know how to pray. Many people don’t know how to pray. Even the apostles included, so they asked Jesus, “Lord teach us to pray …” Jesus is the best prayer teacher ever. He not only taught how to pray but also what to pray for. Therefore, an urgent healing prayer request will help us get what we are praying for.
Regarding how to pray, the Lord Jesus teaches us to pray in silence as He often does when praying alone. Then regarding what to pray for, God teaches us to pray not only about what we need but also about what God wants. Jesus teaching on how to pray, that is, we pray in inner silence. Likewise in we pray about these two things: what we need most (“… have mercy on me sinners.”) And what God wants most (“… I love You.”). This makes it the simplest prayer that summarizes all of Jesus’ teachings about how to pray.
Although you are not always consistent in doing it (sometimes forget it for weeks or even months before a strong yearning drags you back to do the prayer again), yet with all those deficiencies I still feel its fruits, remarkable. This prayer and meditation, if done properly, will feel pleasant and refreshing to the soul. Praying is no longer a burdensome obligation, but it becomes a time of encounter with God that is so happy. After you start to enjoy this, you will get used to doing prayer joyfully for 1 hour or more every day.