Quotations on Prayer

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From faith, hope, and love, the virtues of religion referring to God, there arises a double act which bears on the spiritual communion exercised between God and us; the hearing of the word and prayer.
- William Ames
(Keywords: Religion, Faith, Love, God, Hope, Act, Hearing, Prayer, Spiritual, Word)

It is clear that he does not pray, who, far from uplifting himself to God, requires that God shall lower Himself to him, and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills, but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills.
- Thomas Aquinas
(Keywords: God, Man, Prayer, Will)

In a world of prayer, we are all equal in the sense that each of us is a unique person, with a unique perspective on the world, a member of a class of one.
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: Class, Perspective, Prayer, Sense, World)

The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Desire, Longing, Prayer, Will)

Prayer is the spirit speaking truth to Truth.
- Philip James Bailey
(Keywords: Truth, Prayer, Spirit)

The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Evening, Man, Prayer, Sleep)

The real end of prayer is not so much to get this or that single desire granted, as to put human life into full and joyful conformity with the will of God.
- Charles Bent
(Keywords: Life, God, Conformity, Desire, End, Prayer, Will)

Prayer is not so much the means whereby God's will is bent to man's desires, as it is that whereby man's will is bent to God's desires.
- Charles Bent
(Keywords: God, Man, Prayer, Will)

An authentic life is the most personal form of worship. Everyday life has become my prayer.
- Sarah Ban Breathnach
(Keywords: Life, Prayer, Worship)

We gather for prayer, and reading the Bible, and singing the songs of David.
- William Brewster
(Keywords: Bible, Prayer, Reading, Singing, Songs)

Prayer for many is like a foreign land. When we go there, we go as tourists. Like most tourists, we feel uncomfortable and out of place. Like most tourists, we therefore move on before too long and go somewhere else.
- Robert McAfee Brown
(Keywords: Land, Prayer, Tourists)

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words with out a heart.
- John Bunyan
(Keywords: Heart, Prayer, Words)

Mr. Tennyson has said that more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of, but he wisely refrains from saying whether they are good or bad things.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Dreams, Prayer, Saying, World)

Grudge no expense - yield to no opposition - forget fatigue - till, by the strength of prayer and sacrifice, the spirit of love shall have overcome .
- Maria W. Chapman
(Keywords: Love, Sacrifice, Strength, Fatigue, Forget, Opposition, Prayer, Spirit, Yield)

Prayer requires more of the heart than of the tongue.
- Adam Clarke
(Keywords: Heart, Prayer, Tongue)

A childish soul not inoculated with compulsory prayer is a soul open to any religious infection.
- Alexander Cockburn
(Keywords: Soul, Open, Prayer, Religious)

Prayer in private results in boldness in public.
- Edwin Louis Cole
(Keywords: Boldness, Prayer, Public, Results)

It would be unthinkable in Canadian public life today for the public inauguration of our supreme political figures to be accompanied by prayer.
- Stockwell Day
(Keywords: Life, Prayer, Public, Today)

In Lincoln's day a President's religion was a very private affair. There were no public prayer meetings, no attempts to woo the Religious Right. Few of Lincoln's countrymen knew anything at all of his religious beliefs.
- David Herbert Donald
(Keywords: Religion, Beliefs, Day, Meetings, Prayer, President, Public, Religious, Right)

When I was a kid, I'd kneel down at the side of my bed every night before I went to sleep, and my mother and I would say a Greek prayer to the Virgin Mary.
- Olympia Dukakis
(Keywords: Mother, Bed, Night, Prayer, Sleep)

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
- Meister Eckhart
(Keywords: Life, Prayer, Will)

Keep a journal, and learn how to see how you as an individuals sees information so you can learn your own sign language. Meditate and practice psychic self defense and surrounding yourself with prayer.
- John Edward
(Keywords: Defense, Information, Language, Practice, Prayer, Self)

We must not sit still and look for miracles; up and doing, and the Lord will be with thee. Prayer and pains, through faith in Christ Jesus, will do anything.
- George Eliot
(Keywords: Faith, Christ, Miracles, Prayer, Will)

No white group has founded a major religion on this planet. The major religious were started in the Orient and the Middle East, not in Greece and Rome. I always knew you racists didn't have a prayer.
- Jane Elliot
(Keywords: Religion, Greece, Prayer, Religious, Rome)

The romantic embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.
- Henry Ellis
(Keywords: Music, Prayer, Romantic)

I do believe we're all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other.
- Harvey Fierstein
(Keywords: Power, Positive, Care, Energy, Prayer, World)

I'll tell you right now. I'm for prayer in school.
- Kinky Friedman
(Keywords: Now, Prayer, Right, School)

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Heart, Prayer, Words)

Let everyone try and find that as a result of daily prayer he adds something new to his life, something with which nothing can be compared.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Life, Nothing, Prayer, Result)

Prayer 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.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Soul, Heart, Longing, Prayer, Weakness, Words)

Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Action, Amusement, Old, Prayer, Woman)

Prayer is a confession of one's own unworthiness and weakness.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Confession, Prayer, Weakness)

The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'
- Billy Graham
(Keywords: Life, God, Christian, Deep, Discouragement, Eyes, Moments, Prayer, Tears)

Never was a faithful prayer lost. Some prayers have a longer voyage than others, but then they return with their richer lading at last, so that the praying soul is a gainer by waiting for an answer.
- William Gurnall
(Keywords: Soul, Prayer, Waiting)

We have wasted our spirit in the regions of the abstract and general just as the monks let it wither in the world of prayer and contemplation.
- Alexander Herzen
(Keywords: Contemplation, Prayer, Spirit, World)

He had one uniform practice, and a very bad one it was, during the time of family worship, and just three or four seconds before the conclusion of the prayer, he started to his feet, and ran barking round the apartment like a crazed beast.
- James Hogg
(Keywords: Family, Time, Feet, Practice, Prayer, Worship)

God is waiting eagerly to respond with new strength to each little act of self-control, small disciplines of prayer, feeble searching after him. And his children shall be filled if they will only hunger and thirst after what he offers.
- Richard Holloway
(Keywords: God, Strength, Act, Children, Hunger, Prayer, Self, Waiting, Will)

When prayer removes distrust and doubt and enters the field of mental certainty, it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.
- Ernest Holmes
(Keywords: Faith, Certainty, Distrust, Doubt, Prayer, Universe)

There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.
- Herbert Hoover
(Keywords: Americans, Fishing, Prayer, Privacy, Respect)

I know no words of prayer - God help me because I can not help myself.
- Harold E. Hughes
(Keywords: God, Help, Prayer, Words)

Action is the normal completion of the act of will which begins as prayer. That action is not always external, but it is always some kind of effective energy.
- Dean Inge
(Keywords: Action, Completion, Energy, Prayer, Will)

The sovereign cure for worry is prayer.
- William James
(Keywords: Cure, Prayer, Worry)

Prayer is commission. Out of the quietness with God, power is generated that turns the spiritual machinery of the world. When you pray, you begin to feel the sense of being sent, that the divine compulsion is upon you.
- E. Stanley Jones
(Keywords: Power, God, Being, Prayer, Sense, Spiritual, World)

Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation the source of strength is one's self. When one prays he goes to a source of strength greater than his own.
- Chiang Kai-shek
(Keywords: Strength, Meditation, Prayer, Self)

My mom taught us the Serenity Prayer at a young age.
- Toby Keith
(Keywords: Age, Mom, Prayer, Serenity)

Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God.
- Soren Kierkegaard
(Keywords: Life, Love, God, Lovers, Prayer, Whisper)

Rather than set aside daily time for prayer, I pray constantly and spontaneously about everything I encounter on a daily basis. When someone shares something with me, I'll often simply say, 'let's pray about this right now.'
- Thomas Kinkade
(Keywords: Time, Now, Prayer, Right)

Shakespeare is one of the last books one should like to give up, perhaps the one just before the Dying Service in a large Prayer book.
- Charles Lamb
(Keywords: Books, Dying, Prayer, Service, Shakespeare)

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem or saying a prayer.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
(Keywords: Day, Flowers, Prayer, Quiet, Saying, Sense, Writing)

To gather with God's people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer.
- Martin Luther
(Keywords: Life, Father, People, God, Christian, Prayer, United)



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