I pray on the principle that wine knocks the cork out of a bottle. There is an inward fermentation, and there must be a vent.
~Henry Ward Beecher
God punishes us mildly by ignoring our prayers and severely by answering them.
~Richard J. Needham
When we pray to God we must be seeking nothing - nothing.
~Saint Francis of Assisi
"Give us this day our daily bread" is probably the most perfectly constructed and useful sentence ever set down in the English language.
Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
No one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil; not that he practices it, but he suffers from it.
~Guy H. King
Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble.
Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.
~Satchel Paige, 1974
The value of consistent prayer is not that He will hear us, but that we will hear Him.
Prayer may not change things for you, but it for sure changes you for things.
~Samuel M. Shoemaker
Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.
Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish.
I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
~Frederick Douglass, escaped slave
Practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers.
As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools.
When we talk to God, we're praying. When God talks to us, we're schizophrenic.
~Jane Wagner, In Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, 1985, performed by Lily Tomlin
We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.
When at night you cannot sleep, talk to the Shepherd and stop counting sheep.
When a man is at his wits' end it is not a cowardly thing to pray, it is the only way he can get in touch with Reality.
Many people pray as if God were a big aspirin pill; they come only when they hurt.
~B. Graham Dienert
Some have been to the mountain. I have been to my knees by the side of my bed.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.
Prayer is not merely an occasional impulse to which we respond when we are in trouble: prayer is a life attitude.
~Walter A. Mueller
The Lord's Prayer may be committed to memory quickly, but it is slowly learnt by heart.
~Frederick Denison Maurice
Deep down in me I knowed it was a lie, and He knowed it. You can't pray a lie - I found that out.
It is good for us to keep some account of our prayers, that we may not unsay them in our practice.
Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself.
Grow flowers of gratitude in the soil of prayer.
If we could all hear one another's prayers, God might be relieved of some of his burdens.
Prayers not felt by us are seldom heard by God.
The trouble with our praying is, we just do it as a means of last resort.
When you pray, rather let your heart be without words than your words without heart.
And help us, this and every day, to live more nearly as we pray.
I believe in prayer. It's the best way we have to draw strength from heaven.
Prayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence.
Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,Uttered or unexpressed;The motion of a hidden fireThat trembles in the breast.
~James Montgomery, What is Prayer?
Prayer is communication with the Divine. It can be whispered or chanted or written or expressed in the work you do. However it is expressed, it is never in vain.
~Donna Wilk Cardillo
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
Complaint is the largest tribute heaven receives and the sincerest part of our devotion.
I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.
God can pick sense out of a confused prayer.
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 requires more of the heart than of the tongue.
God answers first the prayers we should have prayed.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
God always answers our prayers, but sometimes the answer is no.
God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.
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."
Whatever a man prays for, he prays for a miracle. Every prayer reduces itself to this: "Great God, grant that twice two be not four."
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.
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.
We cannot ask in behalf of Christ what Christ would not ask Himself if He were praying.
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
Just pray for a tough hide and a tender heart.
God tells us to burden him with whatever burdens us.
You know I ain't never prayed before'Cause it always seemed to meThat 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."
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.
Who rises from prayer a better man, his prayer is answered.
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.
Be thankful that God's answers are wiser than your answers.
Prayer is the language of a man burdened with a sense of need.
Prayer is exhaling the spirit of man and inhaling the spirit of God.
When you are unwell, you must cough, sneeze, and ache prayer.
Prayer is the spirit speaking truth to Truth.
~Philip James Bailey
Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.
~Corrie ten Boom
Call on God, but row away from the rocks.