Our thanks to God should
precede our requests.
grandfather was walking through his yard when he heard his
repeating the alphabet in a tone of voice that sounded like a prayer.
He asked her what she was doing. The little girl explained:
"I'm praying, but I can't think of exactly the right words,
so I'm just saying all the letters, and God will put them together for
because He knows what I'm thinking."
you begin to live life looking for the God that is all around
every moment becomes a prayer.
You pray in
your distress and in your need;
would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy
and in your days of abundance. -Khalil Gibran
would love to have a more earnest prayer life! In my life, prayer is
the single most difficult discipline.I love God and thereís something
in me that would rather do things for God than talk to God.Iím not by nature
a mystical, devotional person.I like to do things.And so itís a challenge
for me to have a faithful prayer life, but I know God loves me
and Heís not mad at me.He just wishes I would slow down
and turn things over to Him.And thatís what I think
you achieve through prayer. -Max Lucado
is not the moment when God and humans are in relationship, for that is always.
Prayer is taking initiative to
intentionally respond to God's presence.
is not an old woman's
applied, it is the most potent
instrument of action. -Mohandas Gandhi
Prayer, the basic exercise of the
spirit, must be actively practiced in our private lives.
The neglected soul of the human being must be made strong enough to
assert itself once more.
For if the power of prayer is
again released and used in the lives of common men and
if the spirit declares its aims clearly and boldly,
there is yet hope
that our prayers for a better world
will be answered. -Alexis Carrel
you are considering using prayer to help you find your way, I have
some good news:a guarantee that your prayers will be answered.
How can I guarantee something like that?Itís easy.When you pray,
you are changed.The moment you begin praying, you step into the
mystery and become part of it, and you are, inevitably, changed.
So your prayers are answered because you are
a different person after you pray. When
you embrace the mystery and open yourself to it, a new life
is created, resistant to the old problems.You will notice at times that
the new life isnít what you asked for.But asking for specific items or
for particular events to occur isnít how I define prayer.I cannot guarantee
that the orders you place with God will always be filled.Prayer is not
a test of God, but a call for help to find your inner strength and
talent. -Bernie Siegel
The privilege of prayer to me
is one of the most cherished possessions,
and experience alike convince me that God himself sees
and His answers I never venture to criticize. It is only my part to ask.
If it were otherwise, I would
not dare to pray at all.
-Wilfred T. Grenfell
till prayer makes you forget
your own wish, and leave it
or merge it in God's will. -Frederick
the habit of dealing with God about everything.
the first waking moment of the day you learn
to fling the
door wide back and let God in, you will work
on a wrong
level all day; but swing the door wide open
and pray to
your Father in secret, and every public thing
stamped with the presence of God.
is no prayer so
blessed as the prayer
which asks for nothing. -O.J.
Trouble and perplexity drive me to
and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble.
is love raised to its greatest power, and the prayer of
is the noblest and most Christian kind of
prayer because in it love--
and imagination--reach their
highest and widest range. -Robert J.
Prayer for worldly
goods is worse than fruitless, but prayer for strength of
is that passion of the soul which catches the gift
it seeks. -George
have not the courage
prayers. . .
Unable either to
them, I do
as a child
do who cannot
read--I say just
want to say to God,
never fails to understand. -St.
Therese of Lisieux
Itís a risky thing to pray and the danger is
that our very prayers get between
God and us.The great
thing in prayer is not to pray, but to go directly
to God. . . . The fact is, though, that if you descend into the depths
own spirit and arrive somewhere near the center of what you are, you
with the inescapable truth that, at the very root of your existence,
in constant and immediate contact with the infinite power of God.
and needs are closely connected.And all our needs, even the ones
weíre not completely aware of yet, will be met.Be grateful that God knows
more about what we need than we do.Sometimes when we pray, we get
what we want.Sometimes we get what we need.Accept both answersóthe
yesís and the something elseísówith heartfelt gratitude.Then look around
and see what your lesson and gift is.
Prayer covers the whole of our life.
There is no thought, feeling, yearning,
however low, trifling, or vulgar we may deem it,
it affects our real interest or happiness, we may not lay
and be sure of sympathy. His nature is such
that our often coming
does not tire him. The whole burden
of the whole life of humans
may be rolled on to God and not
weary him, though it has wearied us.
-Henry Ward Beecher
not conquering God's reluctance,
but taking hold of God's
They tell about a fifteen-year-old
boy in an orphans' home who had an incurable stutter.
Sunday the minister was detained and the boy volunteered
to say the prayer in his stead.
He did it perfectly, too,
without a single stutter.
Later he explained, "I don't
stutter when I talk to God. He loves me." -Bennett Cerf
prefers bad verses recited with a pure heart
finest verses chanted by the wicked.
value of persistent prayer is not that
He will hear us .
. . but that we will finally hear Him.
Where are we taught that prayer
is something we can go to at any time,
in any place? Are we ever taught that in order to get results,
we must pray with faith and persistence? I will be among the
first to admit
that for many years my prayers were results-oriented. There was
I wanted, and I thought prayer could get it for me when I could not
for myself. It took me quite some time to realize that prayer is
actually an affirmation
of what already exists. Prayer is a demonstration of our
willingness to receive
what exists as an outgrowth of our faith in the truth that is good for
Prayer is an acknowledgement of our trust in the Divine to provide
everything we need, when we need it.
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I consider prayer to be of immense psychological benefit.
But we must accept that its tangible results are often hard to see. When it comes to obtaining certain, direct results, it is clear that prayer cannot match the achievements of, for instance, modern science. When I was ill some years ago, it was certainly comforting to know that people were praying for me, but it was, I must admit, still more comforting to know that the hospital where I was being treated had the very latest equipment to deal with my condition!
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