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PRAYER
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[ Also see Churches Devotion Doctrine God Influence Labor Piety Praise Preaching Redemption Religion Repentance Reverence Sabbath Self-reliance Theology Work Worship ]

When the time comes, like now, then the storm around me does not matter. Nothing human or earthly can touch me. A wilder storm of peace gathers in my heart. What seems unpossessable, I can possess. . . . What is unutterable, I can utter. Because I can pray, I can communicate. How do people endure anything on earth if they cannot have God?
      - Dr. Thomas A. Dooley

Our vows are heard betimes! and Heaven takes care
  To grant, before we can conclude the prayer:
    Preventing angels met it half the way,
      And sent us back to praise, who came to pray.
      - John Dryden, Britannia Rediviva
         (first lines)

Lord! Thou art with Thy people still; they see Thee in the night-watches, and their hearts burn within them as Thou talkest with them by the way. And Thou art near to those that have not known Thee; open their eyes that they may see Thee--see Thee weeping over them, and saying, "Ye will not come unto me that ye might have life"--see Thee hanging on the cross and saying, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do"--see Thee as Thou wilt come again in Thy glory to judge them at the last. Amen.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Grant folly's prayers that hinder folly's wish,
  And serve the ends of wisdom.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. IV)

Almighty Father! let thy lowly child,
  Strong in his love of truth, be wisely bold,--
    A patriot bard, by sycophants reviled.
      Let him live usefully, and not die old!
      - Ebenezer Elliott ("The Corn Law Rhymer"),
        Corn Law Rhymes--A Poet's Prayer

As men's prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Though I am weak, yet God, when prayed,
  Cannot withhold his conquering air.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Nun's Aspiration

Many of our prayers were not answered, and for this we are now grateful.
      - William Feather

Accustom yourself gradually to carry prayer into all your daily occupations. Speak, move, work, in peace, as if you were in prayer, as indeed you ought to be. Do everything without excitement, by the spirit of grace.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

He who prays without confidence cannot hope that his prayers will be granted.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

Prayer is so necessary, and the source of so many blessings, that he who has discovered the treasure cannot be prevented from having recourse to it, whenever he has an opportunity.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

True prayer is only another name for the love of God. Its excellence does not consist in the multitude of our words; for our Father knoweth what things we have need of before we ask Him. The true prayer is that of the heart, and the heart prays only for what it desires. To pray, then, is to desire--but to desire what God would have us desire.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

To pray, . . . is to desire; but it is to desire what God would have us desire.
  He who desires not from the bottom of his heart, offers a deceitful prayer.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon,
        Pious Thoughts--Advice Concerning Prayer,
        (Mrs. Mant's translation)

In extemporary prayer, what men most admire God least regardeth.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Leave not off praying to God: for either praying will make thee leave off sinning; or continuing in sin will make thee desist from praying.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Ejaculations are short prayers darted up to God on emergent occasions.
      - Thomas Fuller (1),
        Good Thoughts in Bad Times--Meditations on all Kinds of Prayers
         (Ejaculations, their Use, V)

So a good prayer, though often used, is still fresh and fair in the ears and eyes of Heaven.
      - Thomas Fuller (1),
        Good Thoughts in Bad Times--Meditations on all Kinds of Prayers
         (XII)

O Lord of Courage grave,
  O Master of this night of Spring!
    Make firm in me a heart too brave
      To ask Thee anything.
      - John Galsworthy

At church, with meek and unaffected grace,
  His looks adorn'd the venerable place;
    Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway,
      And fools, who came to scoff, remain'd to pray.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 177)

O, still my fervent prayer will be,
  "Heaven's choicest blessing rest on thee."
      - Hannah Flagg Gould

Prayer is more than the mere outburst of the desires or sorrows of the soul, seeking that satisfaction or consolation which it does not find within itself. It is the expression of a faith, instinctive or reflective, obscure or clear, wavering or steadfast, in the existence, the presence, the power and the sympathy of the Being to whom prayer is addressed.
      - Francois Pierre G. Guizot

The universal and insuperable instinct which leads man to prayer is in harmony with this great fact: he who believes in God cannot but have recourse to Him and to pray to Him.
      - Francois Pierre G. Guizot

Prayer flies where the eagle never flew.
      - Thomas Guthrie (1)

Good prayers never come creeping home. I am sure I shall receive either what I ask or what I should ask.
      - Joseph Hall


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