We pray our brains off, as a team, every day for an hour. We could pray even more I suppose. But this seems like a good balance as it is ridiculous prayer and then also leaves lots of time to go do the things for which we asked the Lord's help.
Sometimes, like many things though, it becomes about us. Yes, we truly do believe that a team of seven people can't begin to transform a city (our attempted vision) of seven million without serious intervention from the Holy Spirit. And yes, we truly believe what James Fraser said is right, "Solid, lasting missionary work is done on our knees."
And while we believe those things, we also get praised for praying so much. And then we start to think, "Yea, we're pretty smart people to pray." Or we look down our noses at the "less spiritual".
And it's embarrassing really to be so foolish. But thankfully we know the solution. Prayer. Talking with God is the solution to an awful lot, because God is good at convicting us of sin. And laughing at our foolishness; sometimes loudly enough we can't ignore the laughter.
We pray because we're not supposed to be anxious in anything, but rather, "by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving [we want our] requests [to] be made known to God." (Phil 4:6). And we pray because we believe "the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." (Jas 5:15)
We pray because we know it is powerful. We pray because we believe the Creator of the universe hears our prayers. And sometimes we pray because it sinfully supports our foolish pride. But the Lord ridiculously faithfully answers our prayers, even though we don't always have our act together.
And it's awesome.