It’s easy to become discouraged that we do not pray as often or with the intensity that Saint Francis had. Yet prayer is the last place where we should compare ourselves to others. We don’t know if another person’s prayer reflects a life already turned over to God’s grace or a life with much to be relinquished to God’s grace. Long prayers are not necessarily better. What matters is the integrity of prayer, the openness the person praying shows to conversion to the Lord’s ways.
– from the book Peace and Good: Through the Year with Francis of Assisi by Pat McCloskey, OFM