Hello and welcome to just answer. The problem is a leaking check valve in the fuel pump. I have seen this before on these Jeeps. If the vehicle sits for a while then the fuel in the fuel rail and lines drains back into the fuel tank because of this leaking check valve. Then the long crank happens because now the fuel lines have to be primed with fuel again. Replacing the fuel pump will solve your problem.
I hope this information helps, and please let me know if you need more assistance with this.
Chris....I appreciate the suggestion to replace the fuel pump. I will have that done and hope it takes care of the power issue as well. (And I will check Accept Answer, no problem.)
However, you mention the power issue. Could you possible direct me as to what you mean by ".......but there may be something else happening." (A suggestion, in the event I need one, would be helpful.
Thank you Cecelia
p.s. Would you like to know the outcome when I have one?
Well what I mean is maybe a failing crankshaft position sensor, but usually when that happens the engine will not start at all. Another thing it could be is a lazy oxygen sensor so keep that in mind.