- prayer 2 - prayer
may not change things for you,
but it sure changes you for things.
is hardly ever a complete silence in our soul. God is
to us well-nigh incessantly. Whenever the sounds of the world die out
in the soul,
or sink low, then we hear these whisperings of God. He is
always whispering to us,
only we do not always hear, because of the
noise, hurry, and
which life causes as it rushes on.
Our prayers run by one road and God's answers by
and by and by they meet.
is believing in something bigger than yourself,
or anything you've ever touched or known.
It's telling a river or an open field that you need a little help.
to prayer often come in unexpected ways. We pray, for
for a certain virtue; but God seldom delivers Christian virtues
in a package and ready for use. Rather He puts us in
situations where by
His help we can develop those virtues. Henry
Ward Beecher told
of a woman
who prayed for patience, and God sent
her a poor cook. The best
answers to prayer
may be the vision and
strength to meet a circumstance or to assume a
truest prayer begins when we pass beyond word
into deep silence, when
lips are hushed; when
racing thoughts are stilled; when emotions are placid
as "the dawning over the waveless ocean."
anything is allowed with the understanding that God's answers
come from God's perspective. They are not always in harmony
with our expectations, for only He knows the whole story.
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The great tragedy of life is not
unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.
of the experiences of prayer is that it seems that nothing
But when you start with it
and look back over a long period of prayer,
you suddenly realize
that something has happened.
What is most close,
most intimate, most present, often cannot be
experienced directly but
with a certain distance. When I think that I am only
just wasting my time,
something is happening too Immediate for knowing,
experiencing. Only in retrospect do I realize
that something very important has
for worldly goods is worse than fruitless,
but prayer for
strength of soul is that passion
of the soul which catches the gift it seeks.
would love to have a more earnest prayer life! In my life, prayer is
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,
I like to do things.
And so itís a
for me to have
a faithful prayer life, but I know God loves me and
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.
prayers seem to be more of an attitude than anything else.
I indulge in very little lip service, but ask the Great Creator
daily, and often many times a day, to permit me to speak to Him
the three great Kingdoms of the world which He has created--the
mineral, and vegetable Kingdoms--to understand their relations to
and our relations to them and to the Great God who made all of us.
I ask Him daily and often momently to give me wisdom, understanding,
and bodily strength to do His will; hence I am asking and receiving
all the time.
of communicating with God as a boy (and often
was through the lyrics of a song. . . .
So I didn't have the problem
some people do who say,
"I don't know how to pray." I used the
communicate with God. . . .
To me, songs were the
telephone to heaven,
and I tied up the line quite a bit.
we know in our hearts that there is a God, the Father of all
creation, someone who knows all things and is on our side,
it is so natural to want to commune with Him every day. . .
in praise and thankfulness, requesting help and direction
for our lives and for those we love.
repetition of starting each day with prayer helps us decide
where we're going, what we want to accomplish, and how we
can reach our goals. Prayer quiets our souls, makes us
feel centered, and opens the door to getting our needs
met. When we look to God as our provider and
caregiver, we know we can go to Him boldly with our prayer
requests and expect an audience with a compassionate and
loving Father. Through our daily prayers, we learn to
trust that God wants to supply our needs and give us the
desires of our hearts. For what father doesn't want
the best for his children?
we speak our words to God with thanksgiving and release them
with the faith that our requests will be granted, we put
ourselves in a position to receive. God does not
change and nature's laws are absolute and impartial.
Thus, prayer has the potential for changing us. It
connects us with God's spirit, and it is the key to His
kingdom. Whatever your religious persuasion, it's a
good thing to start every day with prayer.
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P-R-A-Y-E-R! Anything you believe you need
is available to you through prayer. We are not talking here about a
of proper and distinct words. Oh no! We are talking about opening
and your mouth, saying what's on your mind,
knowing that once you do, the answer will be revealed.
is not a lazy substitute for work. It is not a short cut
to skill or
knowledge. And sometimes God delays the answer
to our prayer in final form
until we have time to build up the
strength, accumulate the
or fashion the character that
would make it possible for Him to say
"yes" to what we ask.
is not a substitute for work; it is an effort to work further and be
efficient beyond the range of one's powers.
minds of people are so cluttered up with everyday living these
that they donít, or wonít, take time out for a little prayer--
for mental cleansing,
just as they take a bath for a physical,
Both are necessary.
who pray must commit themselves and their wants
to the transforming power of God.
They must seek
what is genuinely the greatest good and not merely
the specific things which will satisfy their present wants.
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is sort of like an unlocked door with a giant, red-lettered sign on
it that says:
Free to Take What You Need."
Inside is the storehouse of all that God is.
He invites us to share it all.
He doesn't intend for us to stay on the outside and struggle
all alone with the perplexities of life, and He not only invites us
to come in,
but to stay in. . . . It is an on-going process, not just an
speech we make to a nebulous divinity "out there
meant to be a part of our lives, like breathing and thinking and
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is always the solution. No matter what kind of difficulty may be facing you,
no matter how complicated your problem may seem Ė prayer can solve
it. Of course
you will also take whatever practical steps seem to be indicated,
and if you do not
know what steps to take, prayer will show you.
Prayer is constantly bringing about
the seemingly impossible, and there is no conceivable problem that
at some time been solved by prayer.
When we remember
that God really is omnipotent, untrammeled by what we call
time or space or matter, or the vagaries of human nature, it is easy
to see that there
can be no limit to the power of prayer.
You can pray about a problem and solve it
at any stage, but of course the earlier you tackle it the easier
your work will be.
is a moment between intending to pray and actually praying that
is as dark and silent as any moment in our lives. It is the
between thinking about praying and really praying. For some of
split second may last for decades. It seems, then, that the
obstacle to prayer is the simple matter of beginning, the simple
of will, the starting, the acting, the doing. How easy it is,
us and the possibility of prayer there seems to be a great gulf
an abyss of our own making that separates us from God.
Clinging: The Experience of Prayer
The best reason to pray is that God is really
there. In praying,
gradually starts to melt.
God moves smack into
the middle of even an
ordinary day. . . . Prayer is a matter
of keeping at it. . . . Thunderclaps
and lightning flashes
are very unlikely. It
is well to start small and quietly.
you pray, remember that you are not praying to a distant God, but to
that dwells within you.
Donít just speak the words; feel what they mean in your
Donít pray from your lips, but from your heart. Your
prayers arenít for God, they are for you,
to remind you of the presence of the Holy Spirit within you.
When you say ďThy kingdom come,
thy will be done,Ē remember that you are loved and protected.
God has planned
greater things for us than we can imagine.
The more we maintain an awareness of Godís
unchanging love, the safer and more at home we will feel in the
Susan L. Taylor
Prayer is often a temptation to bank on a miracle
of God instead of
on a moral issue; that is, it is much easier to ask God to do my
than it is to do it myself. Until
we are disciplined properly, we will always
be inclined to bank on Godís miracles and refuse to do the moral
ourselves. It is our
job, and it will never be done unless we do it.
praying for healing, ask great things of God and expect
great things from God.
But let us seek for that healing that
really matters, the healing of the heart, enabling us to trust
God simply, face God honestly, and live triumphantly.
Arlo F. Newell
we are willing to spend hours on end to learn to play the piano,
operate a computer, or fly an airplane, it is sheer nonsense for us
that we can learn the high art of getting guidance through communion
with the Lord without being willing to set aside time for it.
only certainties that don't break down are those acquired in prayer.
a person prays for, one prays for a miracle. Every prayer
reduces itself to this: "Great God, grant that twice two
be not four."
Prayer is such an ordinary,
everyday, mundane thing. Certainly, people who
pray are no more saints than the rest of us. Rather, they are
people who want
to share a life with God, to love and be loved, to speak and to
to work and to be at rest in the presence of God.
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is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily
admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have
a heart without words than words without a heart.
praying is like a person who wanders through a field gathering
flowers--one by one, until they make a beautiful bouquet. In
manner, a person must gather each letter, each syllable, to form
them into words of prayer.
is such a personal thing for each of us, yet somehow we let
others tell us that there are certain ways to pray, certain
methods that we must use, certain things that we must
say. The bottom line is this: prayer is
communication between the individual and God. If you
trust yourself, you will know best how to communicate with
your God. If it's having a chat with him while you're
taking a long walk, writing a friendly, informal letter to
him about your wants and needs, or kneeling before an altar
in church and speaking to him formally, you should find the
way that works for you. The world is full of
individuals, and we each will find our unique ways of
communicating with the Lord as we see Him (or Her, or It,
since God is beyond gender). When you pray, it's
between you and God. Enjoy it!
is a force as real as terrestrial gravity. As a physician, I
have seen men,
after all other therapy has failed, lifted out of disease and
melancholy by the
serene effort of prayer. It is the only power in the world
that seems to overcome
the so-called "laws of nature"; the occasions on which
prayer has dramatically
done this have been termed "miracles." But a
constant, quieter miracle takes
place hourly in the hearts of men and women who have discovered that
supplies them with a steady flow of sustaining power in their daily
Too many people regard prayer as a formalized routine
of words, a refuge
for weaklings, or a childish petition for material things. We
prayer when we conceive it in these terms, just as we should
by describing it as something that fills the birdbath in our
understood, prayer is a mature activity indispensable to the fullest
of personality--the ultimate integration of people's highest
faculties. Only in
prayer do we achieve that complete and harmonious assembly of body,
and spirit which gives the frail human reed its unshakable strength.
Prayer is not flight; prayer is power. Prayer
does not deliver a person from
some terrible situation; prayer enables a person to face and to
master a situation.
I couldn't live without it; I would have died a thousand times
if it had not been for my chance to talk it over with
God, and gain strength in it from him.
Dale Evans Rogers
|Prayer is not a
vain attempt to change God's will; it is a filial desire
to learn God's will and to share it. Prayer is not a
work: it is the secret spring and indispensable ally of all
prayer is not begging or beseeching, it is right knowing. It
a matter of trying to make something happen, but of becoming aware
of what already is. It is not a time to say "Please"
but to say "Thank you."
is always acceptable to God when dictated by the heart, for
the intention is everything in his sight; and the prayer of the
preferable to one read from a book, however beautiful it may be,
if read with the lips rather than with the thought.