This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

Feel free to suggest additions!

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Monday, January 5, 2009

Prayer Quotes

1. Who rises from prayer a better man, his prayer is answered. - George Meredith

2. A grateful thought toward heaven is of itself a prayer. - Gotthold Lessing

3. Is not prayer a study of truth, a sally of the soul into the unfound infinite? No man ever prayed heartily without learning something. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. There is nothing that we are enduring that Jesus does not understand, and He waits for us to go to our Heavenly Father in prayer. If we will be obedient and if we are diligent, our prayers will be answered, our problems will diminish, our fears will dissipate, light will come upon us, the darkness of despair will be dispersed, and we will be close to the Lord. - Robert D. Hales

5. I have seen many men work without praying, though I have never seen any good come out of it; but I have never seen a man pray without working. - James Hudson Taylor

6. You must pray with all your might. This does not mean saying your prayers or sitting gazing about in church or chapel with eyes wide open while someone else says them for you. It means fervent, effectual, untiring wrestling with God. - William Booth

7. When we don't pray, we quit the fight. Prayer keeps the Christian's armor bright. And Satan trembles when he sees The weakest saint upon his knees. - William Cowper

8. The most universally practiced yet least understood of human experiences, prayer is one of the great mysteries of the Christian faith. Its simplest definition is communication with God. Yet so often we approach prayer like a one-way telephone conversation, forgetting that God also wants to speak to us. - Touchpoint Bible

9. Prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness. - Martin Luther

10. Maybe we are in the fourth watch, but the Lord is saying to us: I'll answer your prayer. I'm aware of your needs. It is recorded in heaven, and I'm going to answer it. But right now in your life there's no place for me to put the answer. Life will create a holding place, and as soon as you are able to receive it, I will give it to you. - S. Michael Wilcox

11. 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. - President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

12. Prayer is not a 'spare wheel' that you pull out when in trouble; it is the 'steering wheel' that directs us in the right path throughout life. - Unknown

13. The prayer that begins with trustfulness, and passes on into waiting, will always end in thankfulness, triumph, and praise. - A. Maclaren

14. I know no blessing so small as to be reasonably expected without prayer, nor any so great but may be attained by it. - South

15. God dwells far off from us, but prayer brings him down to our earth, and links his power with our efforts. - Madame de Gosparin

16. Practice in life whatever you pray for, and God will give it to you more abundantly. - Pusey

17. Human life is a constant want, and ought to be a constant prayer. - S. Osgood

18. Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer, and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble. - Fenelon

19. Never think that God's delays are God's denials. True prayer always receives what it asks, or something better. - Tryon Edwards

20. If you would have God hear you when you pray, you must hear him when he speaks. He stops his ears against the prayers of those who stop their ears against his laws. -Unknown

21. In prayer it is better to have a heart without words, than words without a heart. - Bunyan

22. God looks not at the oratory of your prayers, how elegant they may be; nor at the geometry of your prayers, how long they may be; nor at the arithmetic of your prayers, how many they may; not at logic of your prayers, how methodical they may be; but the sincerity of them he looks at. - T. Brooks

23. To a certain extent, God gives to the prayerful control of Himself, and becomes their willing agent; and when the time comes when all mysteries are solved, and the record of all lives is truthfully revealed, it will probably be seen that not those who astonished the world with their own powers, but those who quietly, through prayer, used God's power, were the ones who made the world move forward. - E.P. Roe

24. A generous prayer is never presented in vain; the petition may be refused, but the petitioner is always, I believe, rewarded by some gracious visitation. - Robert Louis Stevenson

25. We don't thank God enough for much that He has given us. Our prayers are too often the beggar's prayer, the prayer that asks for something. We offer too few prayers of thanksgiving and of praise. - Robert E. Woods

26. The most meaningful and spiritual prayers I have experienced contained many expressions of thanks and few, if any, requests. - David A. Bednar

27. Sometimes the answer to prayer is not that it changes life, but that it changes you. - James Dillet Freeman

28. A Poem About Prayer
My soul usually weeps and my heart always cries
When I think of the sorrow and grief,
That can come to a man who won’t even try
To kneel and ask God for relief.

We all have our pains and troubles to bear
Each minute of every day
And the Adversary’s the kind who’ll always be there
To tell us we needn’t pray.

He wants us to quit, to give up the ghost
To darken God’s shining ray
By making us think the battle is lost
And it’s God who darkened our day.

But, this I can say with all the strength of my soul
The Lord’s not the one who has moved
It’s just part of the way to put our names on the roll
Of those whom our God has approved.

We all must be tested some time in our life
So He’ll know if we really care
But He’ll never give us the pain or the strife
We have not the strength to bear.

So when the Adversary does come to lead you astray
Look to your God through prayer
And when you’ve survived the trials of the day
You’ll find He was always there.

29. I pray that you all put your shoes away under the bed at night so that you gotta get on your knees in the morning to find them.  And when you're down there thank God for grace and mercy and understanding. - Denzel Washington

30. Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depths of our hearts." - Mother Teresa

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