1. 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.
2. The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
3. I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
4. I talk to God but the sky is empty.
5. Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
6. Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.
7. If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
13. The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The Fruit of Service is Peace
14. 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.
15. A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages.
16. Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be.
17. 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.
18. In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
19. Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?
20. 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.
21. God, grant me strength to accept those things I cannot change.
22. May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in.
23. Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.
24. I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.
25. 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.
26. I want to be the best version of myself for anyone who is going to someday walk into my life and need someone to love them beyond reason.
27. Goodness is about what you do. Not who you pray to.
28. 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.
29. Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.
30. Go where your best prayers take you.
31. 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
32. Dear Jesus, do something.
33. 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.
34. 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.
35. 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.
36. Prayer may just be the most powerful tool mankind has.”
37. 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.
38. 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.
39. Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
40. I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
41. Lord, Give me the strength not to bitch slap this woman.
42. 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.
43. 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.
44. We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.
45. Many people pray to be kept out of unexpected problems.
Some people pray to be able to confront and overcome them.
46. 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.
47. The wise man in the storm prays God not for safety from danger but for deliverance from fear.
49. I don’t pray because it doesn’t work. Prayer doesn’t fix anything. Bad things happen anyway.
50. Never pray for justice, because you might get some.
51. Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.
52. I met a boy whose eyes showed me that the past, present and future were all the same thing.
53. The Ego is a veil between humans and God’.”
“In prayer all are equal.
54. I have been finding treasures in places I did not want to search. I have been hearing wisdom from tongues I did not want to listen. I have been finding beauty where I did not want to look. And I have learned so much from journeys I did not want to take. Forgive me, O Gracious One; for I have been closing my ears and eyes for too long. I have learned that miracles are only called miracles because they are often witnessed by only those who can can see through all of life’s illusions. I am ready to see what really exists on other side, what exists behind the blinds, and taste all the ugly fruit instead of all that looks right, plump and ripe.
55. Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.
56. She knew that was not an honest prayer, and she did not linger over it. The right prayer would have been, Lord . . . I am miserable and bitter at heart, and old fears are rising up in me so that everything I do makes everything worse.
57. Love people who hate you. Pray for people who have wronged you. It won’t just change their life…it’ll change yours.
58. 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.
59. 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.
60. Stop trying to be less of who you are. Let this time in your life cut you open and drain all of the things that are holding you back.