In his book, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald Whitney records the following. “During the 1980’s, more than seventeen thousand members of a major evangelical denomination were surveyed about their prayer habits while attending seminars on prayer for spiritual awakening. Because they attended this kind of seminar, we can assume these people are above average in their interest in prayer. And yet, the surveys revealed that they pray an average of less than five minutes each day. There were two thousand pastors and wives at these same seminars. By their own admission, they pray less than seven minutes a day…To be like Jesus we must pray.”[1]
What do you think? Are these statistics true? If so, why don’t we pray more?

[1] Whitney, Donald, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian life, pg 66 (Colorado Springs, NAV Press, 1991)