Selected Quotes about Prayer

To pray is to pay attention to something or someone other than oneself. Whenever a man so concentrates his attention -- on a landscape, a poem, a geometrical problem, an idol, or the True God -- that he completely forgets his own ego and desires, he is praying. -- W. H. Auden

When life knocks you to your knees, and it will, why, get up! If it knocks you to your knees again, as it will, well, isn't that the best position from which to pray? -- Ethel Barrymore

Pray: To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy. -- Ambrose Bierce

The time to pray is not when we are in a tight spot but just as soon as we get out of it. -- Josh Billings

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle. -- Phillips Brooks

You must pray that the way be long, full of adventures and experiences. -- Constantine Peter Cavafy

In the life of the Indian there was only one inevitable duty, - the duty of prayer - the daily recognition of the Unseen and Eternal. -- Charles Eastman

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," that would suffice. -- Meister Eckhart

Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand. -- Hippocrates

There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers. -- Saint Theresa of Jesus

The greatest tragedy in the world is a divided church. We must come together. So don't start talking about doctrine, because if you do, we shall be divided. But there is one thing we can do. We may not be able to agree about doctrine, but we can always pray together. -- Lloyd Jones

You should pray for a sound mind in a sound body. -- Juvenal

One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer. -- G. E. Lessing

Praying is no easy matter. It demands a relationship in which you allow someone other than yourself to enter into the very center of your person, to see there what you would rather leave in darkness, and to touch there what you would rather leave untouched. -- Henri Nouwen

Pray as if everything depended upon God and work as if everything depended upon man. -- Francis Cardinal Spellman

Sweet souls around us watch us still, Press nearer to our side; Into our thoughts, into our prayers, With gentle helpings glide. -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

If thou shouldst never see my face again,Pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayerThan this world dreams of. -- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Who prays for Satan? Who, in 1,800 years, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most? -- Mark Twain

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it. -- Voltaire

When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers. -- Oscar Wilde

There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer. -- John Wooden

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