Prayer Quotes


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.

God    Heart    Humanity    Inspirational    Prayer    Religion    Souls    Weakness

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.

Faith    God    Prayer

I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.

Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.

If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.

Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.

Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real. He is not only aware of us but cares for us. He is our Father. He is accessible to all who will seek Him.

God    Prayer

I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.

Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I'd do. I'd go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I'd look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I'd just feel a prayer.

Anne of Green Gables

L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables

The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The Fruit of Service is Peace

Faith    Love    Mother    Path    Peace    Prayer    Service    Simple    Teresa

Prayer of an Anonymous Abbess:
Lord, thou knowest better than myself that I am growing older and will soon be old. Keep me from becoming too talkative, and especially from the unfortunate habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and at every opportunity.
Release me from the idea that I must straighten out other peoples' affairs. With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom, it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it. But thou knowest, Lord, that in the end I will need a few friends.
Keep me from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.
Grant me the patience to listen to the complaints of others; help me to endure them with charity. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains -- they increase with the increasing years and my inclination to recount them is also increasing.
I will not ask thee for improved memory, only for a little more humility and less self-assurance when my own memory doesn't agree with that of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.
Keep me reasonably gentle. I do not have the ambition to become a saint -- it is so hard to live with some of them -- but a harsh old person is one of the devil's masterpieces.
Make me sympathetic without being sentimental, helpful but not bossy. Let me discover merits where I had not expected them, and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any. And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so.
Amen

Aging    Humility    Old age    Patience    Prayer

The more you pray, the less you'll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You'll feel more patient and less pressured.

Anxiety    Prayer    Worry    Worship

A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages.

Stairs to the Roof

Tennessee Williams

Stairs to the Roof

there is a God, there always has been. I see him here, in the eyes of the people in this [hospital] corridor of desperation. This is the real house of God, this is where those who have lost God will find Him... there is a God, there has to be, and now I will pray, I will pray that He will forgive that I have neglected Him all of these years, forgive that I have betrayed, lied, and sinned with impunity only to turn to Him now in my hour of need. I pray that He is as merciful, benevolent, and gracious as His book says He is.

Faith    Grace    Mercy    Prayer

We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.
Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don't want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of 'good time' is seldom in sync with ours.

Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?

Christian    God    Jesus    Pray    Prayer

God, grant me strength to accept those things I cannot change.

May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in.

I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.

Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.

In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.

Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.

God    Humility    Life    Peace    Prayer

Goodness is about what you do. Not who you pray to.

Go where your best prayers take you.

I think the reason we sometimes have the false sense that God is so far away is because that is where we have put him. We have kept him at a distance, and then when we are in need and call on him in prayer, we wonder where he is. He is exactly where we left him.

Give me the Love that leads the way
The Faith that nothing can dismay
The Hope no disappointments tire
The Passion that'll burn like fire
Let me not sink to be a clod
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God

God    Inspirational    Love    Prayer

Dear Jesus, do something.

Pale Fire

Vladimir Nabokov

Pale Fire

Sometimes I go to God and say, "God, if Thou dost never answer another prayer while I live on this earth, I will still worship Thee as long as I live and in the ages to come for what Thou hast done already. God’s already put me so far in debt that if I were to live one million millenniums I couldn’t pay Him for what He’s done for me.

A w tozer    Ages    Done    Earth    God    Inspirational    Life    Millenniums    Million    Pay    Prayer    The truth    Truth    Worship

When every hope is gone, 'when helpers fail and comforts flee,' I find that help arrives somehow, from I know not where. Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstition; they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting or walking. It is no exaggeration to say that they alone are real, all else is unreal.

Faith    Gandhi    God    Mohandas    Prayer    Religion    Religious    Worship

Prayer may just be the most powerful tool mankind has.
~Blink

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
[Quoting Reverend Phillips Brooks, during Remarks at Presidential Prayer Breakfast, February 7 1963]

Prayer for Love
Thank You, Creator of the Universe for the gift of Life you have given me,
Thank You for giving me everything that I have ever needed,
Thank You for the opportunity to experience this beautiful body and this wonderful mind,
Thank You for living inside me with all Your Love and Your pure and boundless Spirit,
with Your warm and radiating Light.
Thank You for using my words, for using my eyes, for using my heart to share your love wherever I go.
I love You just the way you are and because I am your creation, I love myself just the way I am.
Help me to keep the Love and the Peace in my Heart and to make that Love a new way of life, that I may live in Love the rest of my life.
Amen.

Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage, and you will understand that prayer is an education.

In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance.

For the happy man prayer is only a jumble of words, until the day when sorrow comes to explain to him the sublime language by means of which he speaks to God.

God    Prayer    Religious    Sorrow

Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.

Lord, Give me the strength not to bitch slap this woman.

I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.

The man who prays is the one who thinks that god has arranged matters all wrong, but who also thinks that he can instruct god how to put them right.

Help" is a prayer that is always answered. It doesn't matter how you pray--with your head bowed in silence, or crying out in grief, or dancing. Churches are good for prayer, but so are garages and cars and mountains and showers and dance floors. Years ago I wrote an essay that began, "Some people think that God is in the details, but I have come to believe that God is in the bathroom.

Plan B

Anne Lamott

Plan B

I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.

We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.

Many people pray to be kept out of unexpected problems.
Some people pray to be able to confront and overcome them.

Ability    Confront    Inspirational    Life    Overcome    Pray    Prayer    Praying    Problem    Problems    Secret    Unexpected

Those who pray for your downfall are concentrating negative thoughts towards you, without taking cognisance of the slippery ground in which they are standing, which could lead to their downfall.

Lord, when I feel that what I'm doing is insignificant and unimportant, help me to remember that everything I do is significant and important in your eyes, because you love me and you put me here, and no one else can do what I am doing in exactly the way I do it.

Faith    Prayer    Purpose    Religious    Role    Roles    Self worth

The wise man in the storm prays God not for safety from danger but for deliverance from fear.

I don't pray because it doesn't work. Prayer doesn't fix anything. Bad things happen anyway.

Never pray for justice, because you might get some.

Cat's Eye

Margaret Atwood

Cat's Eye

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