November 18, 2005

Thoughts on Prayer

“To be effective pray-ers, we need to be effective lovers. . . . Real prayer comes not from gritting our teeth, but from falling in love.” --Richard J. Foster, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home

“Dear God, I think about You sometimes even when I’m not praying.” --Elliott, Children’s Letters to God

“The best prayers often have more groans than words.”  --John Bunyan

“If you will find voice and time to pray, God will find time and voice to answer.”
--Ellen White, My Life Today

“Prayer is simply ‘the turning of the soul to God.’”  --The Kneeling Christian

“There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.”  --Victor Hugo

“When I am liberated by silence, when I am no longer involved in the measurement of life, but in the living of it, I can discover a form of prayer in which there is effectively no distraction.
“My whole life becomes a prayer.
“My whole silence is full of prayer.
“The world of silence in which I am immersed contributes to my prayer.” --Thomas Merton

“More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.” --Mother Teresa

“Prayer does not equip us for the greater work. Prayer is the greater work.” --Oswald Chambers

“Dear God, I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tue[sday]. That was cool.”
 --Eugene, Children’s Letters to God

“Pray, and let God worry.” --Martin Luther

“The Lord’s Prayer may be committed to memory quickly, but it is slowly learnt by heart.”  --Frederick Denison Maurice

“Prayer draws us near to our own souls.” --Herman Melville