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The gift of prayer is not always at our command.
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing

What signifies the sound of words in prayer without the affection of the heart, and a sedulous application of the proper means that may naturally lead us to such an end?
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

Prayer is the act by which man, detaching himself from the embarrassments of sense and nature, ascends to the true level of his destiny.
      - Canon Henry P. Liddon

Worship is the earthly act by which we most distinctly recognize our personal immortality; men who think that they will be extinct a few years hence do not pray. In worship we spread out our insignificant life, which yet is the work of the Creator's hands, and the purchase of the Redeemer's blood, before the Eternal and All-Merciful, that we may learn the manners of a higher sphere, and fit ourselves for companionship with saints and angels, and for the everlasting sight of the face of God.
      - Canon Henry P. Liddon

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

Prayer is innocence's friend; and willingly flieth incessant 'twist the earth and the sky, the carrier-pigeon of heaven.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You know I say
  Just what I think, and nothing more nor less,
    And, when I pray, my heart is in my prayer.
      I cannot say one thing and mean another:
        If I can't pray, I will not make believe!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christus
         (pt. III)

Let one unceasing, earnest prayer
  Be, too, for light,--for strength to bear
    Our portion of the weight of care,
      That crushes into dumb despair
        One half the human race.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Goblet of Life
         (st. 10)

Like one in prayer I stood.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Voices of the Night--Prelude (st. 11)

Prayer is a powerful thing; for God has bound and tied himself thereunto.
      - Martin Luther

Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian's weapon, which no man knows or finds but only he who has the spirit of grace and of prayer.
      - Martin Luther

The church converteth the whole world by blood and prayer.
      - Martin Luther

Ah, what is it we send up thither, where our thoughts are either a dissonance or a sweetness and a grace?
      - George MacDonald

Religion is no more possible without prayer than poetry without language, or music without atmosphere.
      - James Martineau

O Lord, my God,
  I have trusted in Thee;
    O Jesu, my dearest One,
      Now set me free.
        In prison's oppression,
          In sorrow's obsession,
            I weary for Thee.
              With sighing and crying,
                Bowed down in dying,
                  I adore Thee, I implore Thee, set me free.
                    [Lat., O Domine Deus! speravi in te;
                      O care mi Jesu! nunc libera me.
                        In dura catena, in misera poena,
                          Disidero te.
                            Languendo, jemendo, et genuflectendo,
                              Adoro, imploro, un liberes me!]
      - Mary, Queen of Scots,
        written in her Book of Devotion before her execution translated by Swinburne in "Mary Stuart"

God warms his hands at man's heart when he prays.
      - John Masefield, Widow in the Bye Street
         (pt. VI)

Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer, and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble.
      - Melanchthon (pseudonym of Philip Schwarzerd)

All places are the temple of God, for it is the mind that prays to him.
      - Menander

Not what we wish, but what we want,
  Oh! let thy grace supply,
    The good unask'd, in mercy grant;
      The ill, though ask'd, deny.
      - James Merrick, Hymn

Prayer is so mighty an instrument that no one ever thoroughly mastered all its keys. They sweep along the infinite scale of man's wants and God's goodness.
      - Hugh Miller

In reverence will w speak of those who woo
  The ear divine with clear and ready prayer;
    And while their voices cleave the Sabbath air,
      Know their bright thoughts are winging heavenward too.
        Yet many a one,--"the latchet of whose shoe"
          These might not loose--will often only dare
            Lay some poor words between him and despair--
              "Father, forgive! we know not what we do."
      - Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

If by prayer
  Incessant I could hope to change the will
    Of him who all things can, I would not cease
      To weary him with my assiduous cries;
        But prayer against his absolute decree
          No more avails than breath against the wind
            Blown stifling back on him that breathes it forth:
              Therefore to his great bidding I submit.
      - John Milton

But that from us aught should ascend to Heav'n
  So prevalent as to concern the mind
    Of God, high-bless'd, or to incline His will,
      Hard to belief may seem; yet this will prayer.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. XI, l. 143)

And if by prayer
  Incessant I could hope to change the will
    Of Him who all things can, I would not cease
      To weary Him with my assiduous cries.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. XI, l. 307)

Hear his sighs though mute;
  Unskillful with what words to pray, let me
    Interpret for him.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. XI, l. 31)

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