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May 21, 2007

Prayer Quotes

Filed under: Prayer, Prayer Quotes, Quotes — Tamil Christian @ 9:07 am

People ask me what advice I have for a married couple struggling in their relationship. I always answer: pray and forgive. And to young people from violent homes, I say: pray and forgive. And again, even to the single mother with no family support: pray and forgive.

Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God’s gift
of Himself.

– Mother Terasa

Pray as you can, not as you can’t.

 -John Chapman

Prayer always works to transform us into what God wants us to be. Not
what we want to be.

Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible
and your heart has turned to stone.

-Thomas Merton

Prayer begins by talking to God, but it ends by listening to Him. In
the face of Absolute Truth, silence is the soul’s language.

-Fulton J. Sheen

Prayer is an act of love, to God, from God, through God. Prayer is an
act of love with those for whom we pray.

Prayer is fundamentally a transformation of will, a lifting of the
heart and will to God.

-Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and
applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.

-Mohandas Gandhi

Prayer is not so much a way to find God as a way of resting in him…who
loves us, who is near to us…

-Thomas Merton

Prayer is the breath of the soul…

Prayer is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself.

-St. John Vianney

Prayer is an expression of who we are…. We are a living
incompleteness. We are a gap, an emptiness that calls for fullfillment.

-Thomas Merton

Prayer is loving and not thinking.

-Thomas Green, When the Well Runs Dry

Prayer is the laying aside of thoughts.

-Evagrios Ponticus, “On Prayer” in the Philokalia

Prayer need not be a burdensome duty. It is meant to be a joyful and
creative privilege.

-Hannah Hurnard

Prayer requires more of the heart than the tongue.

-Adam Clarke

Prayer unites the soul to God.

-Julian of Norwich

Seven days without prayer makes one weak.

-Allen E. Vartlett

Souls who do not practice prayer are like people whose limbs are

-St. Teresa of Avila

That your enemies have been created is God’s doing; that they hate you
and wish to ruin you is their own doing. What should you say about
them in your mind? “Lord be merciful to them, forgive them their sins,
put the fear of God in them, change them!” You are loving in them not
what they are, but what you would have them to become.

-St. Augustine

The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to
pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that
words cannot express.

-Romans 8:26 (thanks Katherine)

The desire is your prayers; and if your desire is without ceasing,
your prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your
longing is the continuance of your prayer.

-St. Augustine

The mark of a good prayer life is not abundant consolation, but growth
in the virtues.

-Thomas Green, When the Well Runs Dry

The Our Father is to prayer what Christ is to humanity.

-Simone Weil

The prayer of listening makes things simple but it also makes us
vulnerable, and that is frightening. Listening makes us open to
Christ, the Word of God, spoken in all things: in the material world,
the Scriptures, the Church, and sacraments and, sometimes most
threateningly, in our fellow human beings. To listen at prayer is to
take the chance of hearing the voice of Christ in the poor, the weak,
those whom we love and those whom we do not love.

-Benedict Groeschel, Listening at Prayer

The soul which has come into intimate contact with God in the silence
of the prayer chamber is never out of conscious touch with the Father;
the heart is always going out to Him in loving communion, and the
moment the mind is released from the task upon which it is engaged, it
returns as naturally to God as the bird does to its nest. What a
beautiful conception of prayer we get if we regard it in this light.

-E.M. Bounds

The whole purpose of prayer is to know, to possess and be possessed by

-Thomas Green, When the Well Runs Dry

There are four ways God answers prayer:
No, not yet;
No, I love you too much;
Yes, I thought you’d never ask;
Yes, and here’s more.

-Anne Lewis (thanks Libby)

The time will surely come when the well of our imagination runs dry
and we must either be convinced that God is not the image we have of
him or else we will take the loss of the image for the loss of God
himself—and we will be tempted to abandon prayer as a hopeless endeavor.

-Thomas Green, When the Well Runs Dry

There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered

-St. Teresa of Avila

Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer
suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer
draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven.

-St. Ephraem

What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God’s eyes, our best.
Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. For
these may come from a deeper level than feeling. God sometimes seems
to speak to us most intimately when he catches us, as it were, off our

-C.S. Lewis

We can read all the books that have ever been written about prayer,
but until we actually choose…to pray, we will never learn.

-Hope MacDonald

We are always in the presence of God, yet it seems to me that those
who pray are in His presence in a very different sense.

-St. Teresa of Avila

When at night you cannot sleep, talk to the Shepherd and stop counting

-Author unknown

When prayer is a struggle, do not worry about the prayers that you
cannot pray. You yourself are a prayer to God at that moment. All that
is within you cries out to Him, and He hears all the pleas that your
suffering soul and body are making to Him with groanings which cannot
be uttered.

-O. Hallesby

When you are making so much noise…

Whoever flees prayer, flees all that is good!

-St. John of the Cross

Whole prayer is nothing but love.

-St. Augustine

Why pray if we cannot change God? …is that why we pray? To change
omniscient Love? Isn’t it rather to learn what it is and to fulfill
it? Not to change it by our acts, but to change our acts by it.

-Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

Words stand between silence and silence: between the silence of things
and the silence of our own being, between the silence of the world and
the silence of God. When we have really met and known the world in
silence, words do not separate us from the world nor from other men,
nor from God, nor from ourselves because we no longer trust entirely
in language to contain reality.

-Thomas Merton

You’re here, on your knees, praying as the seconds on your Mickey
Mouse clock tick by, but in God’s time, you’re working with Him at the
moment of creation, when there is no time.

You’re no longer fighting God, trying to make Him do what you want.
You’re accepting what happens, and your main prayer transforms into
one that asks God for nothing more than understanding and perhaps
strength to endure.

-Amy Welborn



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