Quantity Yields Quality

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a hundred times: it’s not the quantity of time that matters, it’s the quality of time.

Well, there is a gold nugget of truth in that statement, but how does one find a gold nugget? Likely by spending a lot of time mining for gold. In our day and time, there is a prevailing sentiment that we can manufacture or conjure “quality time.” I believe this is mistaken, and here’s why:

The moments of greatest quality often catch us by surprise. If you’re a parent, think about how many times your plans to connect as a family have been spoiled because your children didn’t share your desire for quality family time. The point is this: quality time happens in the course of quantity time. This is why we can’t put “quality time” in our schedule and just expect it to happen.

This principle can likewise be applied to time spent in prayer. We cannot come to God in prayer haphazardly and sporadically and expect to have times of effective, fervent prayer. E.M. Bounds said it this way:

“Prayer which is felt as a mighty force is the mediate or immediate product of much time spent with God. Our short prayers owe their point and efficiency to the long ones that have preceded them. The short prevailing prayer cannot be prayed by one who has not prevailed with God in a mightier struggle of long continuance…God does not bestow His gifts on the casual or hasty comers and goers.” (E.M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer)

Do you have difficulty experiencing the power and presence of God in prayer? It could be that you’ve left your post too quickly, or that you’ve not visited it often enough. Pray often and resist the urge to retreat from prayer so quickly. See if the Lord does not honor the child of God that honors Him in prayer.