time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be
and new meaning in it which will give you
and you will understand that prayer is an
education. -Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The purpose of daily
prayer is the cultivation of a sense of the sacred.
Sacred energy renews us. Lives with no more sense of
than that provided by shopping malls,
ordinary television, and stagnant
workplaces are barren
lives indeed. Spirituality enriches culture.
enables us to transform the world, because it transforms
are times in a person's life when, regardless of
attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees in prayer.
Have enough faith in the love of God to believe
that a short heartfelt prayer
is just as good as a long one. Too
long a session of prayer usually means
that in your heart you really doubt the love of God, and think that a
of effort and toil will be necessary to move Him.
Pray quietly and sincerely
for a reasonable timeóand then leave the matter, expecting success.
Christians expect little from God, ask little,
therefore receive little and are content with little.
|Lift up your hearts to Him, sometimes even
at your meals,
and when you are in company; the least
will always be acceptable to Him. You
need not cry very loud;
He is nearer to us than we are
aware. -Brother Lawrence
morning I stood on the river bank to pray.
I knew then that the ancient ones
were wise to pray for peace and beauty and not for specific gifts
which is continued life.
And I saw that if one has even a small degree of the ability
to take into and unto him or herself the peace and beauty that God
surrounds them with,
it is not necessary to ask for more.
|Through prayer we can
carry in our heart all human pain and sorrow,
conflicts and agonies, all torture and war, all hunger,
loneliness and misery,
not because of some great
psychological or emotional capacity,
but because God's
heart has become one with ours. -Henri Nouwen
|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.
is neither black magic nor is it a form of a demand note.
Prayer is a relationship. The act of praying is more
to clearing away the underbrush which shuts out
a view than it is
to begging on the street. There are
many different kinds of prayer.
Yet all prayer has one
basic purpose. We pray not to get something,
but to open
up a two-way street between us and God,
so that we and
others may inwardly become something.
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?
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.
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
for my soul. More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let thy voice
Rise like a fountain for me
night and day.
For what are people better than sheep or goats
That nourish a blind life within the brain,
If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer
Both for themselves and those who call them friends?
For so the whole round earth is every way
Bound by gold chains about the feet of God.
|There is no hope but in prayer.
Prayer does not change God,
changes those who pray. -SÝren
prayer, it seems to me, is one of the simplest
necessities of life,
as basic to the individual as
sunshine, food and water--
and at times, of course, more
so. By prayer I mean an effort
to get in touch with the
Infinite. We know that our prayers are imperfect.
course they are. We are imperfect human beings.
thousand experiences have convinced me beyond room of
that prayer multiplies the strength of the
individual and brings
within the scope of his
capabilities almost any conceivable objective.
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
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.
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.
must pray for yourself constantly.
could it be otherwise? We worship God by
believing in Him, trusting Him, and loving
Him wholeheartedly -- and we can attain to
that only through prayer. The sole object of
our being here is that we may grow like Him--
and we can do that only through prayer.
The more we pray for ourselves the more power
will our prayers have for any other purpose
whatever; so praying for ourselves is the reverse
of selfishness -- it is truly
"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
than the marriage feast,
'Tis sweeter far to me,
To walk together to the kirk
With a goodly company!
To walk together to the kirk,
And all together pray,
While each to his great Father bends,
Old men, and babes, and loving friends
And youths and maidens gay!
Farewell, farewell! but this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding Guest!
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.
He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
for the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
think that just not thinking
oneself is a form of prayer. -Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
|Prayer is the
only real action in the full sense of the word, because
prayer is the only thing
that changes one's character. A
change in character, or a change in soul, is a real
When that kind of change takes place, you become
a different person and, therefore,
for the rest of your
life you act in a different way from the way in which you
have previously acted,
and in which you would have
continued to act had you not prayed. In other words,
become a different person. The amount of difference may be
only very slight
for each time that you pray:
nevertheless it is there, for you cannot pray without
making yourself different in some degree.
|Mental prayer is
nothing else. . .
but being on terms of
frequently conversing in secret with Him.
-Santa Teresa de Avila
is the most powerful form of energy one can generate. The
influence of prayer
on the human mind and body is as
demonstrable as that of the secreting glands.
Prayer is a
force as real as terrestrial gravity. It supplies us
a flow of sustaining power in our daily lives.
essentially about making the heart strong
so that fear
cannot penetrate there. -Matthew Fox
|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
not pray for a lighter load,
but for a stronger back. -Phillips Brooks
not a cosmic bellboy for whom we can
press a button to
get things done. -Harry Emerson Fosdick
not conquering God's reluctance,
but taking hold of God's
the soul's sincere desire,
Uttered or unexpressed,
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.
Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
The falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of an eye
When none but God is near.
was a faithful prayer lost. Some prayers have
voyage than others, but then they return
richer lading at last, so that the praying soul
gainer by waiting for an answer. -William Gurnall
I asked God for
strength, that I might achieve
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey. . .
I asked for health, that I might do greater things
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things. . .
I asked for riches, that I might be happy
I was given poverty, that I might be wise. . .
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life
I was given life that I might enjoy all things. . .
I got nothing that I asked for--but everything I had
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all people, most richly blessed.
|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
a little each day in a childlike way for the Spirit of
If you feel that you know, as yet, very little
concerning the deep things of prayer
and what prayer
really is, then pray for the Spirit of prayer.
nothing He would rather do than unveil to you the grace
of prayer. -O. Hallesby
|Let us thank God heartily as often as we
pray that we have His Spirit in us to teach us to pray.
Thanksgiving will draw our hearts out to God and keep us
engaged with Him;
it will take our attention from
ourselves and give the Spirit room in our hearts.
never went to bed in my life and I never ate a meal in my life
without saying a prayer. I know my prayers have been answered
thousands of times,
and I know that I never said a prayer in my life without something
good coming of it. -Jack Dempsey
|Our thanks to God should always
precede our requests. -Anon
I got up
early one morning
And rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish
That I didn't have time to pray.
Problems just tumbled about me,
And heavier came each task;
"Why doesn't God help me?" I wondered.
He answered, "You didn't ask."
I wanted to see joy and beauty,
But the day toiled on gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn't show me.
He said, "But you didn't seek."
I tried to come into God's presence;
I used all my keys in the lock.
God gently and lovingly chided,
"My child, you didn't knock."
I woke up early this morning,
And paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
That I had to take time to pray.
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
prayers seem to be more of an attitude than anything else.
in very little lip service, but ask the Great Creator silently, daily,
many times a day, to permit me to speak to Him through the three great
of the world which He has created Ė the animal, mineral, and
vegetable Kingdoms--to understand their relations to each other, and our relations
to them and
to the Great God who made all of us. I ask Him daily and often
to give me wisdom, understanding, and bodily strength to do His will;
hence I am asking and receiving all the time.
|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.
|If prayer is new to you, let me share some
suggestions that have worked for me:
* Acknowledge your higher power; speak directly and be humble.
* Be grateful.
* Be honest.
* Don't judge yourself. No one is perfect and we all
* Don't wait. There is no perfect time to pray.
* Pray often. Small prayers throughout the day will make
you feel better.
* Pray when you're happy, not just when you want something.
of my biggest problems with prayer has always been in the
lack of response. Through loneliness and depression and
discouragement, I would pray over and over for a certain
something--and never anything like getting rich or
wishing harm to others--but I would see no results. I
felt trapped in a Catch-22: if I prayed without faith,
nothing would work, but if nothing worked, I couldn't
build my faith.
But I've come to realize that I was
asking too much from God--I wanted Him to intercede in my
life, to reach down and make things right. I wasn't
asking Him to work with me, to point me in the right
direction and let me do what I needed to do. My prayers
were saying "Help! I can't do this;" not "I
know I can do this, but I need guidance and support."
found that the strength in prayer is not what it ends up
doing for me, but what it makes me when I go through the
process, when I focus on God and life and the beautiful
possibilities of this world. I no longer pray that God
will do things for me; instead, I pray that God will help
me to have the strength to accomplish what I need to
those prayers that weren't answered? Well, as Garth
Brooks sings in the song he co-wrote with Pat Alger and
Larry B. Bastian: "Sometimes I thank God for
unanswered prayers / Remember when you're talkin' to the
man upstairs / That just because he doesn't answer doesn't
mean that He don't care / Some of God's greatest gifts
are unanswered prayers."
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