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O Thou by whom we come to God--
  The Life, the Truth, the Way;
    The path of prayer Thyself hast trod;
      Lord, teach us how to pray.
      - James Montgomery

Prayer is the Christian's vital breath,
  The Christian's native air;
    His watchword at the gates of death,--
      He enters heaven with prayer.
      - James Montgomery

The upward glancing of an eye when none but God is near.
      - James Montgomery

Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
  Uttered or unexpressed,
    The motion of a hidden fire
      That trembles in the breast.
      - James Montgomery,
        Original Hymns--What is Prayer?

Prayer moves the arm
  Which moves the world,
    And brings salvation down.
      - James Montgomery, Prayer

Prayer moves the hand that moves the universe.
  Holy beginning of a holy cause,
    When heroes, girt for freedom's combat, pause
      Before high Heaven, and, humble in their might,
        Call down its blessing on that coming fight.
      - Thomas Moore

As down in the sunless retreats of the ocean
  Sweet flowers are springing no mortal can see,
    So deep in my soul the still prayer of devotion
      Unheard by the world, rises silent to Thee.
      - Thomas Moore,
        As Down in the Sunless Retreats

A sad estate of human wretchedness! so weak is man, so ignorant and blind, that did not God sometimes withhold in mercy what we ask, we should be ruined at our own request.
      - Hannah More

For earthly blessings, moderate be thy prayer, and qualified; for light, for strength, for grace, unbounded thy petition.
      - Hannah More

Fountain of mercy! whose pervading eye
  Can look within and read what passes there,
    Accept my thoughts for thanks; I have no words.
      My soul o'erfraught with gratitude, rejects
        The aid of language--Lord!--behold my heart.
      - Hannah More

Prayer is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; not figures of speech, but compunction of soul.
      - Hannah More

O sad estate
  Of human wretchedness; so weak is man,
    So ignorant and blind, that did not God
      Sometimes withhold in mercy what we ask,
        We should be ruined at our own request.
      - Hannah More, Moses in the Bulrushes
         (pt. I)

There is no burden of the spirit but is lightened by kneeling under it. Little by little, the bitterest feelings are sweetened by the mention of them in prayer. And agony itself stops swelling, if we can only cry sincerely, "My God, my God!"
      - William Mountford (1)

When a pump is frequently used, the water pours out at the first stroke, because it is high; but, if the pump has not been used for a long time, the water gets low, and when you want it you must pump a long while; and the water comes only after great efforts. It is so with prayer. If we are instant in prayer, every little circumstance awakens the disposition to pray, and desire and words are always ready; but, if we neglect prayer, it is difficult for us to pray, for the water in the well gets low.
      - Felix Neff

Now I lay me down to take my sleep,
  I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep;
    If I should die before I wake,
      I pray thee, Lord, my soul to take.
      - New England Primer

Then let us earnest be,
  And never faint in prayer;
    He loves our importunity,
      And makes our cause His care.
      - John Newton (1)

Prayer is to religion what thinking is to philosophy. To pray is to make religion.
      - Novalis (pseudonym of Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg)

Expect an answer. If no answer is desired, why pray? True prayer has in it a strong element of expectancy.
      - Robert M. Offord

If we would talk less and pray more about them, things would be better than they are in the world; at least, we should be better enabled to bear them.
      - John Owen (2)

Prayer, with our Lord, was a refuge from the storm; almost every word He uttered during that last tremendous scene was prayer; prayer the most earnest, the most urgent, repeated, continued, proceeding from the recesses of the soul, private, solitary; prayer for deliverance, prayer for strength; above everything prayer for resignation.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

The Lord's Prayer, for a succession of solemn thoughts, for fixing the attention upon a few great points, for suitableness to every condition, for sufficiency, for conciseness without obscurity, for the weight and real importance of its petition, is without an equal or a rival.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

He prays best who, not asking God to do man's work, prays penitence, prays resolutions, and then prays deeds--thus supplicating with heart and head and hands.
      - Theodore Parker

As in poetry, so in prayer, the whole subject matter should be furnished by the heart, and the understanding should be allowed only to shape and arrange the effusions of the heart in the manner best adapted to answer the end designed. From the fullness of a heart overflowing with holy affections, as from a copious fountain, we should pour forth a torrent of pious, humble and ardently affectionate feelings; while our understandings only shape the channel and teach the gushing streams of devotion where to flow, and when to stop.
      - Edward Payson

We lay it down as an elemental principle of religion, that no large growth in holiness was ever gained by one who did not take time to be often and long alone with God. No otherwise can the great central idea of God enter into a man's life, and dwell there supreme.
      - Austin Phelps

He pray'd by quantity,
  And with his repetitions, long and loud,
    All knees were weary.
      - Robert Pollok, Course of Time
         (pt. VIII, l. 628)

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