Here is a few words from Christian Anecdotes on prayer – an interlude while I find some more poems . . .
Luther said, “Prayer, meditation, and temptation make a minister.” Another phrase of his is well known: “Bene orasse, bene studuisse,” – to pray well is to study well. Prayer is not, however, the solemn duty of ministers alone, but of all; the common privilege of dependent creatures. Another writer has truly said, “God looks not at the oratory of our prayers, how eloquent they are; nor at their geometry, how long they are; nor at their arithmetic, how many they are; nor at their logic, how methodical they are; but He looks at their sincerity, how spiritual they are.”
This is to say that praying often, according to rules, or for a long time will not work us salvation, only trust in Christ will save us, but when we are saved it will show in our actions, especially prayer. – hentycrew