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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.
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. Prayer
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.
prayer, it seems to me, is one of the simplest
necessities of life,
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. Of
course they are. We are imperfect human beings. A
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.
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.
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prayer in its simplest definition is
merely a wish turned Godward.
is not an old woman's
applied, it is the most potent
instrument of action.
is no prayer so
which asks for nothing.
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
again released and used in the lives of common men and
if the spirit declares its aims clearly and boldly,
that our prayers for a better world
will be answered.
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
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.
"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
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.
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|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.
value of persistent prayer is not that
He will hear us.
. . but that we will finally hear Him.
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finest verses chanted by the wicked.
May I be I is the only
prayer--not may I be
great or good or beautiful or wise or strong.
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."
Christians expect little from God, ask little,
therefore receive little and are content with little.
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
the habit of dealing with God about everything. Unless in
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
your Father in secret, and every public thing
stamped with the presence of God.
There is no hope but in prayer.
morning I stood on the river bank to pray.
I knew then that the
were wise to pray for peace and beauty and not for
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.
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
and we can do that only through prayer. The more we pray for ourselves the
will our prayers have for any other purpose
whatever; so praying for
ourselves is the reverse
of selfishness -- it is truly
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.
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
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|. . . be awake to the Life
that is loving you and
sing your prayer, laugh your prayer,
dance your prayer, run
and weep and swear your prayer,
sleep your prayer, eat your prayer,
paint, sculpt, hammer, and read your prayer,
sweep, dig, rake, drive and hoe your prayer,
garden and farm and build and clean your prayer,
wash, iron, vacuum, sew, embroider and pickle your prayer,
compute, touch, bend and fold but never delete
or mutilate your prayer.
Learn and play your prayer,
work and rest your prayer,
fast and feast your prayer,
argue, talk, whisper, listen and shout your prayer,
groan and moan and spit and sneeze your prayer,
swim and hunt and cook your prayer,
digest and become your prayer,
release and recover your prayer,
breathe your prayer,
be your prayer.
Alla Renee Bozarth
is a perpetual stillness of the heart, a surrendering to yourself
as the aspect of God within you. Prayer is not beseeching an
outside us for favors, but acknowledging the presence of God within
A Spiritual Warrior
|Never will I pray
for the material things of the world. I am not calling
to a servant to bring me food. I am not ordering an innkeeper to
provide me with room. Never will I seek delivery of gold, love,
health, petty victories, fame, success, or happiness. Only for
will I pray, that I may be shown the way to acquire these things,
and my prayer will always be answered.
The Greatest Salesman in the World
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.
|The purpose of
prayer is to bring Heaven and earth together. It gives
inner peace in ways that neither intellectual understanding,
money, sex, drugs, houses, clothes, nor any other gifts of the world
do. We can learn to speak to God as we would speak to a
therapist / lover / teacher / best friend /
One-who-loves-us-no-matter-what / One-with-all-the-power-to-heal /
One-with-the-power-and-desire-to-help / for that's what God is.
work is a constant and consistent conversation with Him. God
and He answers. His answer is always peace.
Prayer gives us access to a sweeter, more abundant
life. The intellect
gives many things, but ultimately it cannot give comfort. No
therapy can release us from a deep and abiding psychic pain.
prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere:
a peace that is not of this world.
Heaven must be full of answers to prayers for which
no one ever bothered to ask.
attention is prayer.