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Wise Quotes about Prayer

May you find great value in these Prayer quotes and sayings.

The function of prayer is not to influence God,
but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
- Soren Kierkegaard

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God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr (Serenity Prayer)

Prayer doesn't change God, but changes him who prays
- Soren Kierkegaard

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

 

Never forget the three powerful resources you always have
available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Praying without ceasing is not ritualized,
nor are there even words.
It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God.
- Peace Pilgrim

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Lord, grant comfort, joy and health
to those I call friend,
to those I call enemy,
and to those I have cursed by my indifference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act
is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Prayer is the spirit speaking truth to Truth.
- Philip James Bailey

Prayer is the key of the morning
and the bolt of the evening.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities,
great potential strength and ability.
Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.
- Abdul Kalam

Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God.
- Billy Graham

Prayer is a thought, a belief, a feeling,
arising within the mind of the one praying.
- Ernest Holmes

Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul;
man cannot live in health without them.
- Mahalia Jackson

I offer my body, my mind
and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O Infinite Creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose
to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work,
and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered
to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Let everyone try and find that
as a result of daily prayer
he adds something new to his life,
something with which nothing can be compared.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Grace isn't just a little prayer
you say before receiving a meal.
It's a way to live.
- Jackie Windspear

When prayer removes distrust and doubt
and enters the field of mental certainty,
it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.
- Ernest Holmes

My mom taught us the Serenity Prayer at a young age.
- Toby Keith

In our home there was always prayer - aloud, proud and unapologetic.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words
than words without a heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Gratitude is the prayer,
while Celebration is the song and the dance of praise.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The fog unrolls itself to be a prayer rug to the mountains.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Most people consider the course of events as natural and inevitable.
They little know what radical change are possible through prayer.
Every morning I offer my body, my mind and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O infinite creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

My father was an Episcopalian minister, and I've always been comforted by the power of prayer.
- Anna Lee

Prayer is not asking for what you think you want,
but asking to be changed in ways you can't imagine.
- Kathleen Norris

Today I offer a prayer of forgiveness:
forgive the pettiness of my ingratitude...
the absence of profound thankfulness.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To be a Christian without prayer
is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celebrate! Celebration is an expression of Gratitude.
Gratitude is like the prayer, while
Celebration is the hymn and sacred dance.
Celebration is its own road to happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I have been driven many times to my knees
by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere to go.
My own wisdom, and that of all about me,
seemed insufficient for the day.
- Abraham Lincoln

Conversations with God are very different
from the usual nature of prayer.
Prayers are commonly only in one direction -
the one praying speaks and hopes God is listening.
Prayers also tend to focus on asking
for specific things or outcomes one wants,
rather than seeking to better understand the mind of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

On this day, as on every day,
we Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving.
We have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring us to this moment.
We give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of our courage
and the cold sweat of our fear.
We accept gratefully the entirety
of our past and our present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All the darkness of the world cannot
extinguish the light of a single candle,
yet one candle can illuminate all the darkness.
- Jewish Hanukah Prayer

"Mother Teresa Prayer"
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
... Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
... Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
... Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
... Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
who kept a copy of this prayer on
the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith.

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

Cover this confirmation process with prayer. When they make it harder for us to pray, we just pray harder.
- Zell Miller

I believe that prayer is our powerful contact with the greatest force in the universe.
- Loretta Young

In a world of prayer, we are all equal in the sense that each of us is a unique person, with a unique perspective on the world, a member of a class of one.
- W. H. Auden

Whatever a person may pray for, that person prays for a miracle. Every prayer comes down to this - Almighty God, grant that two times two not equal four.
- Ivan Turgenev

The real end of prayer is not so much to get this or that single desire granted, as to put human life into full and joyful conformity with the will of God.
- Charles Bent

He knows the tax code as thoroughly as the pope knows the Lord's Prayer.
- William Proxmire

There is no problem with the opening of new houses of prayer for Lutherans and Pentecostals.
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky

Just the same way I'd say a prayer before going onstage, taking that even further and using the drum to inspire people. And using that as a vehicle for the intention.
- Rick Allen

I mean, George Bush is a man of prayer. He talks to the lord. He tries to get his direction from the lord.
- Pat Robertson

Prayer does not use up artificial energy,
doesn't burn up any fossil fuel, doesn't pollute.
Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance.
- Margaret Mead

I believe in prayer. It's the best way we have to draw strength from heaven.
- Josephine Baker

As long as algebra is taught in school, there will be prayer in school.
- Cokie Roberts

A childish soul not inoculated with compulsory prayer is a soul open to any religious infection.
- Alexander Cockburn

I sang at the Inaugural prayer service at the National Cathedral.
- Michael W. Smith

Action is the normal completion of the act of will which begins as prayer. That action is not always external, but it is always some kind of effective energy.
- Dean Inge

We should not permit prayer to be taken out of the schools; that's the only way most of us got through.
- Sam Levenson

Our prayer and God's mercy are like two buckets in a well; while the one ascends the other descends.
- Mark Hopkins

I'm for prayer in schools.
- Charles Evers

Each heartfelt prayer, each Church meeting attended, each worthy friend, each righteous decision, each act of service perfomed all precede that goal of eternal life.
- Thomas S. Monson

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- although attributed to St. Francis of Assisi,
this prayer first appeared (written in French) in 1912

Prayer is not so much the means whereby God's will is bent to man's desires, as it is that whereby man's will is bent to God's desires.
- Charles Bent

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

It's clearly more important to treat one's fellow man well than to be always praying and fasting and touching one's head to a prayer mat.
- Naguib Mahfouz

We gather for prayer, and reading the Bible, and singing the songs of David.
- William Brewster

There is no greater distance than that between a man in prayer and God.
- Ivan Illich

God hears a mother's prayer.
- Victoria Gotti

I believe in prayer and in strong belief.
- Tina Turner

Of all duties, prayer certainly is the sweetest and most easy.
- Laurence Sterne

An authentic life is the most personal form of worship. Everyday life has become my prayer.
- Sarah Ban Breathnach

The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless.
- Billy Graham

The issue of prayer is not prayer; the issue of prayer is God.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

As a people of faith, we know that prayer is a powerful instrument. And as one Nation under God, we know that many times our most powerful tool is prayer.
- Nick Rahall

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words with out a heart.
- John Bunyan


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