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and thankfulness are the
all successful prayer.
risky thing to pray and the danger is that our prayers get
God and us. The great thing in prayer is not to pray,
but to go directly
to God. . . . at the very root of your existence, you are in
immediate contact with the infinite power of God.
Sufis have a saying: "Praise Allah, and tie your
camel to a post." This brings together both parts of practice: pray,
but also make sure that you do what is necessary in the
is a means of sharing the burden, which relieves pressure,
as you tell
your worries and concerns to someone who will listen and
won't judge, no
matter what you say. Praying is like handing the
problem over to someone else
as you talk it out. Then you can tune in for guidance
and a different perspective
that will exude heartfelt energy. When you pray, you
are exposing your real
self and extending sincere, loving energy to yourself.
It doesn't matter if your
words are fancy or plain, and there is no way to do it right
Prayer is about opening your heart and being sincere.
conversation with God.
changes things. Prayer changes us. Prayer
changes life. Sometimes
an event has been manifested that needs to be
midair. Don't pray
just when you're in trouble.
Pray every day. Surround yourself with prayer. You never know
when you might need an extra miracle.
What discord we should bring into the universe if
were all answered.
Then we should govern the world and
And do you think we should govern it better?
It gives me only pain when I hear the long, wearisome
petitions of people asking for they know not what. . . .
Thanks-giving with a full heart--and the rest
submission to the divine will!
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Right prayer is not escape from action, it is
equipment for action. It
not idle luxury,
it is no luxury at all. . . . It is not
a waste of time. The
hours spent in communion with God,
make better, more
hours spent in action. It is not an effort to get God to do
to do, but
to let God equip us for the doing, and help us in the
and finally to do only what we alone cannot do.
Albert E. Day
Prayer is not a monologue.
It speaks to God and to the
community. In the last analysis,
religion is not what goes on
inside a soul. It
is what goes
on in the world, between people,
God. To trap
faith in a monologue, and
pretend that it
solely inside the self, undermines
true interchange of
David J. Wolpe
I have to be honest in asking myself:
Do I really want to know and do God’s
Or is it rather that I want God to do my will?
Do I go to God
with the assurance that I want only to
know and do his will?
Or do I rather first make my own plans and then insist
God make my dreams come true?
|Today, as never before, prayer is a binding
necessity in the lives
of people and nations.
The lack of emphasis on the religious sense
brought the world to the edge of destruction.
Our deepest source
of power and perfection has been
left miserably undeveloped.
the basic exercise of the spirit, must be
actively practiced in our private
lives. The neglected souls of people must be made strong enough to
themselves once more.
For if the power of prayer is again released and
in the lives of common men and women; if the spirit declares
clearly and boldly, there is yet hope that our
for a better world will be answered.
Alexis Carrel (1941)
the foothills of the Himalayas, one hears the prayer:
"Oh Lord, we
know not what is good for us. You know what it
is. For it we pray."
Harry E. Fosdick
If you would have God hear you
when you pray,
you must hear him when he speaks.
Richard J. Needham
Nothing is too small a subject for
because nothing is too small to be the subject
of God's care.
Henry T. Hamblin
The journey of prayer is nothing
more or less
than a gradual awakening to the reality of
recognizing what is already there.
It is a travesty to pray daily
"Thy kingdom come"
and then do nothing to help bring it to pass.
Alice B. Rice
Prayer is not a stratagem for occasional use, a
refuge to resort to
now and then.
It is rather like an established residence for
innermost self. All
things have a home: the
bird has a nest,
the fox has a hole, the bee has a hive.
A soul without
prayer is a soul without a home.
Abraham Joshua Heschel
|Prayer works in the mind as a healing force.
It calms the patient,
enlightens the physician,
guides the surgeon, and it often victoriously
power of the spirit when all seems lost.
It proves, over and
over again, the truth of
Tennyson’s words: “More
things are wrought
by prayer than this world dreams of.”
Prayer puts us on God’s side.
It aligns us with life’s higher purposes, aims, and
dedicating our thought, feeling and action to the
expression of goodness.
It is to become like a window through which the light
of God shines.
Wilferd A. Peterson
mother was tucking her young son into bed.
“Have you said your prayers?”
“No,” the boy replied.
“Why not?” the mother asked.
there was nothing I wanted.”
We may smile at this story, but children
aren’t the only ones to treat prayer as primarily a way of
they want. God
does want us to bring our needs to him in prayer,
but prayer is more than that. We come in prayer not to get God to do
our will, but to open ourselves to doing his will.
When 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
is an immature concept to think of prayer for personal gain.
It takes from one the responsibility of the conditions of
Everything in creation is based on universal laws.
effect work perfectly in accordance with this law. Yet
attempts to escape the hurt brought on by our disobedience
to higher law by praying to God to violate his own laws.
is not a way to get what we want to happen, like the remote
that comes with the television set. I think that
prayer may be less about
asking for the things we are attached to than it is about
attachments in some way. It can take us beyond fear,
which is an attachment,
and beyond hope, which is another form of attachment.
It can help us remember
the nature of the world and the nature of life, not on an
intellectual level but
in a deep and experiential way. When we pray, we don't
change the world,
we change ourselves. We change our consciousness.
remember reading years ago a little tract written by
Frank Laubach, a great man of prayer, in which he
described one of his prayer practices. When he is
on a journey, even on a streetcar going a few blocks,
he tries to spot somebody on the car who seems to him
to be in distress, or perhaps just tired or lonely,
and to direct his prayers toward that person as though
the Divine possession were streaming out
from him to this other person.
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|Prayer has great power which a person makes
with all his or her might.
It makes a sour heart sweet, a sad heart merry, a poor heart
a foolish heart wise, a timid heart brave, a sick heart
well, a blind heart
full of sight, a cold heart ardent. It draws down the
great God into
the little heart; it drives the hungry soul up into the
fullness of God;
it brings together two lovers, God and the soul,
in a wondrous place where they speak much of love.
Mechtild of Magdeburg
prays in their own language, and
there is no language that God does not understand.
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is probably no richer, more rewarding experience that I can
than that of supporting others with prayer. As I pray,
I may or may not
know the immediate needs of the people I am praying
for. I am, however,
affirming that the love of God is blessing them with peace,
understanding. The one who benefits most from my
prayers for others
may be me. The experience of prayer connects me at a
deep and fulfilling
level with the love of God, with the people I know, and with
I pray for one person from a heart of love, I pray for
all people. Praying for others is as easy as
holding loving thoughts and knowing that God is within
each one of them. My prayers do not have to be formal
or lengthy. A declaration such as "I love
you," or "I see you healthy, happy, and
whole" is a prayer from my heart. I pray,
envisioning people everywhere filled with and
expressing the love of God. I include leaders of the
world, animals, and the planet in my prayers. My every
prayer is an affirmation of God's unconditional love
within all and for all.
prayer of power is not reaching toward anything above or
or beneath. It is knowing that you are one with all
there is. It is an
understanding that the substance of your being is the one
and only substance there is in the universe.
|Even if you are not a religious
person by nature or training--even if you are an
out-and-out skeptic--prayer can help you much more
than you believe, for it is a practical
thing. I mean that prayer fulfills these three
very basic psychological needs which all people
share, whether they believe in God or not:
1. Prayer helps us to put into words
exactly what is troubling us. It is almost
impossible to deal with a problem while it remains
vague and nebulous. Praying, in a way, is very
much like writing our problems down on paper.
If we ask help for a problem--even from God--we must
put it into words.
2. Prayer gives us a sense of sharing our
burdens, of not being alone. Few of us are so
strong that we can bear our heaviest burdens, our
most agonizing troubles, all by ourselves.
Sometimes our worries are of so intimate a nature
that we cannot discuss them even with our closest
relatives or friends. Then prayer is the
answer. Any psychiatrist will tell us that
when we are pent-up and tense, and in an agony of
spirit, it is therapeutically good to tell someone
our troubles. When we can't tell anyone
else--we can always tell God.
3. Prayer puts into force an active
principal of doing. It's a first step
toward action. I doubt if anyone can
pray for some fulfillment, day after day, without
benefiting from it--in other words, without taking
some steps to bring it to pass. The
world-famous scientist, Dr. Alexis Carrel, said,
"Prayer is the most powerful form of energy one
can generate." So why not make use of
it? Call it God or Allah or Spirit--why
quarrel with definitions as long as the mysterious
powers of nature take us in hand?
are answered in the way they're asked.
are few people who would dare to publish to
the prayers they make to almighty God.
Michel de Montaigne
A heart-felt prayer
is not recitation with the lips. It is a yearning from
which expresses itself in every word, every act, nay every
thought of people.
person who prays longest and loudest is either trying to
convince others or trying to convince him- or herself.
Fred Van Amburgh
is like the turning-on of an electric switch. It does
the current; it simply provides a channel through
which the electric current may flow.
is the deliberate and persevering action of the soul.
It is true and
enduring, and full of grace. Prayer fastens the soul
to God and
makes it one with God's will.
Julian of Norwich
Prayer unites the soul to God, for although the soul may
like God in nature and substance, it is often unlike him in
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Prayer isn’t just a spiritual version of
Santa’s toy sack. God
prayers to be wish lists filled solely
with my requests
for what I think I need.
Rather, prayer is a vehicle by which I can
miraculously pursue intimacy with the
So, in that
sense, I suppose something happens every
I get a chance to let God know how I feel,
cry in my Father’s presence, and to trust God no
matter how life’s
circumstances turn out.
Perhaps instead of saying, “I prayed, nothing
happened,” I need to learn how to simply say, “I prayed.
of prayer I am talking about is a detached kind of prayer
in which you are not looking for anything, just putting
God's presence and sharing with him what you are feeling or
you are suffering. It is the kind of prayer in which
you just open
your heart to God and say, "God, I'm here. I'm
not asking for
anything, God. I just want to be near you and open my
heart to you."
Joseph F. Girzone
Prayer has always been used as a means of
cultivating inner peace. Without
some measure of equanimity, the spiritual journey is
impossible. Prayers offer
a skillful means for marrying an inner sense of peace with
the outer demands
of the world. They help to quiet and focus the
agitated mind. They use words
to carry us beyond words. As such they are the most
primordial language we
humans use to align ourselves with the Divine. By
silencing inner noise and
distractions, prayer brings us into the presence of the
moment. Its gift is an
inner experience of prayerfulness in which the silent center
of life's meaning
Prayer also gifts us with a deepening of our compassionate
caring for the
world. By aligning us with the rest of creation,
prayer shows us that the
impulse to be of help does not require superior moral fiber
or ascetic religious
training. It flows naturally out of being human.
In serving the common good
we learn that we need not become martyrs, sacrificing
ourselves in some
painful task, but simply become that which we most
Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon
us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be
fearless in facing them. Let us not beg for the
of the pain but for the heart to conquer it.
highest level of prayer is not a prayer for anything.
It is a deep
and profound silence, in which we allow ourselves to be
know Him. In that silence, we are changed. We
are calmed. We are
illumined. Prayer is meant to dissolve the worldly
focus, to dissolve
our sense of a separate self, to help us detach from an
order. We pray that He might flood our minds.
Prayer is like pouring
hot water on an ice cube, melting the cold and encrusted
thought forms that still surround our hearts.
God gives in answer to our prayers will always be the thing
we most urgently need, and it will always be sufficient.
From now on, I pray
like I mean it. No more hitting SEND over and
changed my life. It has freed me from fear and opened
up endless avenues for
me as a writer, radio host, parent, wife, and friend.
It has enhanced every
relationship I'm in, starting with the most important
one: my relationship with God.
Real faith isn't praying without ceasing. It's
believing that God heard you the first time.
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