Monday, May 02, 2005

Prayer Quotes

It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.  ~Henry Ward Beecher Certain thoughts are prayers.  There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.  ~Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, 1862 It is good for us to keep some account of our prayers, that we may not unsay them in our practice.  ~Matthew Henry Complaint is the largest tribute heaven receives and the sincerest part of our devotion.  ~Jonathan Swift I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.  ~Abraham Lincoln God can pick sense out of a confused prayer.  ~Richard Sibbes Pray, v.  To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, 1911 I often pray, though I'm not really sure Anyone's listening; and I phrase it carefully, just in case He's literary.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966 Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets.  I do not mean his maker, but himself.  ~William Inge If we could all hear one another's prayers, God might be relieved of some of his burdens.  ~Ashleigh Brilliant Prayer requires more of the heart than of the tongue.  ~Adam Clarke God always answers our prayers, but sometimes the answer is no.  ~Author Unknown God speaks in the silence of the heart.  Listening is the beginning of prayer.  ~Mother Teresa There come times when I have nothing more to tell God.  If I were to continue to pray in words, I would have to repeat what I have already said.  At such times it is wonderful to say to God, "May I be in Thy presence, Lord?  I have nothing more to say to Thee, but I do love to be in Thy presence."  ~O. Hallesby What men usually ask of God when they pray is that two and two not make four.  ~Author Unknown Most people do not pray; they only beg.  ~George Bernard Shaw Prayer draws us near to our own souls.  ~Herman Melville, Mardi and A Voyage Thither, 1849 To give thanks in solitude is enough.  Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go.  Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.  ~Victor Hugo What we usually pray to God is not that His will be done, but that He approve ours.  ~Helga Bergold Gross We must move from asking God to take care of the things that are breaking our hearts, to praying about the things that are breaking His heart.  ~Margaret Gibb We cannot ask in behalf of Christ what Christ would not ask Himself if He were praying.  ~A.B. Simpson Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.  ~Socrates Just pray for a tough hide and a tender heart.  ~Ruth Graham God tells us to burden him with whatever burdens us.  ~Author Unknown You know I ain't never prayed before 'Cause it always seemed to me That prayin's the same as beggin' Lord, I don't take no charity. ~Steve Earle, "Tom Ames' Prayer," 1994 Before we can pray, "Lord, Thy Kingdom come," we must be willing to pray, "My Kingdom go."  ~Alan Redpath Some people think that prayer just means asking for things, and if they fail to receive exactly what they asked for, they think the whole thing is a fraud.  ~Gerald Vann Who rises from prayer a better man, his prayer is answered.  ~George Meredith God has editing rights over our prayers.  He will... edit them, correct them, bring them in line with His will and then hand them back to us to be resubmitted.  ~Stephen Crotts Be thankful that God's answers are wiser than your answers.  ~William Culbertson Prayer is the language of a man burdened with a sense of need.  ~E.


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