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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 ]

Lord, thy most pointed pleasure take,
  And stab my spirit broad awake;
    Or, Lord, if too obdurate I,
      Choose Thou, before that spirit die,
        A piercing paid, a killing sin,
          And to my dead heart turn them in.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson, Celestial Surgeon

Prayer among men is supposed a means to change the person to whom we pray; but prayer to God doth not change him, but fits us to receive the things prayed for.
      - Benjamin Stillingfleet

Prayer has a right to the word "ineffable." It is an hour of outpourings which words cannot express,--of that interior speech which we do not articulate, even when we employ it.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

"Prayer," says St. Jerome, "is a groan." Ah! our groans are prayers as well. The very cry of distress is an involuntary appeal to that invisible Power whose aid the soul invokes.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

My debts are large, my failures great, my shame secret and heavy; yet I come to ask for my good, I quake in fear lest my prayer be granted.
      - Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali (28)

Labor, you know, is prayer.
      - Bayard Taylor

For spiritual blessings, let our prayers be importunate, perpetual and persevering; for temporal blessings, let them be general, short, conditional and modest.
      - Jeremy Taylor

From the violence and rule of passion, from a servile will, and a commanding lust, from pride and vanity, from false opinion and ignorant confidence; from improvidence and prodigality, from envy and the spirit of slander; from sensuality, from presumption and from despair; from a state of temptation and a hardened spirit; from delaying of repentance and persevering in sin; from unthankfulness and irreligion, and from seducing others; from all infatuation of soul, folly and madness; from willfulness, self-love and vain ambition; from a vicious life and an unprovided death, good Lord, deliver us.
      - Jeremy Taylor

No man can hinder our private addresses to God; every man can build a chapel in his breast, himself the priest, his heart the sacrifice, and the earth he treads on the altar.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Prayer is the peace of our spirit, the stillness of our thoughts, the evenness of recollection, the seat of meditation, the rest of our cares and the calm of our tempest: prayer is the issue of a quiet mind, of untroubled thoughts; it is the daughter of charity and the sister of meekness.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Prayers are but the body of the bird; desires are its angel's wings.
      - Jeremy Taylor

The Lord's Prayer is short, mysterious, and, like the treasures of the spirit, full of wisdom and latent sense: it is not improper to draw forth those excellencies which are intended and signified by every petition, that by so excellent an authority we may know what it is lawful to beg of God.
      - Jeremy Taylor

When we pray for any virtue, we should cultivate the virtue as well as pray for it; the form of your prayers should be the rule of your life; every petition to God is a precept to man. Look not, therefore, upon your prayers as a short method of duty and salvation only, but as a perpetual monition of duty; by what we require of God we see what He requires of us.
      - Jeremy Taylor

When you lie down close your eyes with a short prayer, committing yourself into the brands of your faithful Creator; and when you have done trust Him with yourself, as you must do when dying.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Speak to Him, thou, for He hears, and Spirit with Spirit can meet;
  Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Higher Pantheism

More things are wrought by prayer
  Than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let thy voice
    Rise like a fountain for me night and day.
      For what are men better than sheep or goats
        That nourish a blind life within the brain,
          If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer
            Both for themselves and those who call them friend?
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Morte d'Arthur
         (l. 247)

Battering the gates of heaven with storms of prayer.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, St. Simeon Stylites
         (l. 7)

Father of Light and Life! Thou Good Supreme!
  O teach me what is good! teach me Thyself!
    Save me from folly, vanity and vice,
      From every low pursuit: and feed my soul
        With knowledge, conscious peace, and virtue pure;
          Sacred, substantial, never-fading bliss.
      - James Thomson (1)

Why is it when we talk to God, we're said to be praying, but when God talks to us, we're schizophrenic?
      - Lily Tomlin

We kneel, how weak; we rise, how full of power!
  Why, therefore, should we do ourselves this wrong,
    Or others--that we are not always strong,
      That we are ever overborne with care,
        That we should ever weak or heartless be,
          Anxious or troubled, when with us is prayer,
            And joy and strength and courage are with Thee?
      - Archbishop Richard Chenevix Trench

"'Twas then belike," Honorious cried,
  "When you the public fast defied,
    Refused to heav'n to raise a prayer.
      Because you'd no connections there."
      - John Trumbull (1), McFingal
         (canto I, l. 541)

From compromise and things half done,
  Keep me with stern and stubborn pride,
    And when at last the fight is won,
      God, keep me still unsatisfied.
      - Louis Untermeyer, Prayer

God, though this life is but a wraith,
  Although we know not what we use,
    Although we grope with little faith,
      Give me the heart to fight.
      - Louis Untermeyer, Prayer

We have assurance that we shall be heard in what we pray, because we pray to that God that heareth prayer, and is the rewarder of all that come unto Him; and in His name, to whom God denieth nothing; and, therefore, howsoever we are not always answered at the present, or in the same kind that we desire, yet, sooner or later, we are sure to receive even above that we are able to ask or think, if we continue to sue unto Him according to His will.
      - James Usher

When first thy eyes unveil, give thy soul leave
  To do the like; our bodies but forerun
    The spirit's duty. True hearts spread and heave
      Unto their God, as flow'rs do to the sun.
        Give him thy first thoughts then; so shalt thou keep
          Him company all day, and in him sleep.
      - Henry Vaughan ("The Silurist")


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