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60,000 QUOTES SPIDER
 


QUOTES AND APHORISMS ON PRAYERS 1

 

 

To the man who himself strives earnestly, God also lends a helping hand.

 

Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)

 

It is vain to expect our prayers to be heard if we do not strive as well as pray.

 

Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)

 

I sit beside my lonely fire and pray for wisdom yet: for calmness to remember or courage to forget.

 

Charles Hamilton Aide

 

Prayer is conversation with God.

 

Clement of Alexandria

 

The first purpose of prayer is to know God.

 

Charles L. Allen (1916-2000, American politician, prohibition candidate for Wisconsin state attorney general, 1922)

 

Visualize, "prayerize," "actionize," and your wishes will come true.

 

Charles L. Allen (1916-2000, American politician, prohibition candidate for Wisconsin state attorney general, 1922)

 

Prayer is essentially man standing before his God in wonder, awe, and humility; man, made in the image of God, responding to his maker.

 

George Appleton

 

O Lord! thou knowest how busy I must be this day: if I forget thee, do not thou forget me.

 

Jacob Astley (1540-1598, British squire)

 

To pray is to pay attention to something or someone other than oneself. Whenever a man so concentrates his attention -- on a landscape, a poem, a geometrical problem, an idol, or the True God -- that he completely forgets his own ego and desires, he is praying. The primary task of the schoolteacher is to teach children, in a secular context, the technique of prayer.

 

W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)

 

Grant us peace, Almighty Father, so to pray as to deserve to be heard.

 

Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)

 

Granting that we are always in the presence of God, yet it seems to me that those who pray are in His presence in a very different sense; for they, as it were, see that He is looking upon them, while others may go for days on end without even once recollecting that God sees them.

 

St. Teresa of Avila

 

There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.

 

St. Teresa of Avila

 

Our prayers must mean something to us if they are to mean anything to God.

 

Maltbie D. Babcock

 

Prayer is the spirit speaking truth to Truth.

 

Philip James Bailey (1816-1902, British poet)

 

Spiritual favors are not always to be looked for, and not always to be relied on.

 

Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919, Anglo-American novelist)

 

Oh, God, if I were sure I were to die tonight I would repent at once. It is the commonest prayer in all languages.

 

James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)

 

When life knocks you to your knees, and it will, why, get up! If it knocks you to your knees again, as it will, well, isn't that the best position from which to pray?

 

Ethel Barrymore (1879-1959, American actress)

 

You are used to listening to the buzz of the world, but now is the time to develop the inner ear that listens to the inner world. It is time to have a foot in each world, and it can be done.

 

Saint Bartholomew

 

The man who says his prayers in the evening is a captain posting his sentries. After that, he can sleep.

 

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet)

 

The purpose of prayer is not to inform God of our needs, but to invite Him to rule our lives.

 

Clarence Bauman

 

I care not what black spiritual crisis we may come through or what delightful spiritual Canaan we may enter, no blessing of the Christian life becomes continually possessed unless we are men and women of regular, daily, unhurried, secret lingering in prayer.

 

Sidlow J. Baxter

 

If you are swept off your feet, it's time to get on your knees.

 

Fred Beck

 

I pray on the principle that wine knocks the cork out of a bottle. There is an inward fermentation, and there must be a vent.

 

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)

 

It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.

 

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)

 

Prayer covers the whole of man's life. There is no thought, feeling, yearning, or desire, however low, trifling, or vulgar we may deem it, which, if it affects our real interest or happiness, we may not lay before God and be sure of sympathy. His nature is such that our often coming does not tire him. The whole burden of the whole life of every man may be rolled on to God and not weary him, though it has wearied the man.

 

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)

 

He who ceases to pray ceases to prosper.

 

William Gurney Benham

 

Pray devoutly, but hammer stoutly.

 

William Gurney Benham

 

Our rages, daughters of despair, creep and squirm like worms. Prayer is the only form of revolt which remains upright.

 

Georges Bernanos (1888-1948, French novelist, political writer)

 

The wish to pray is a prayer in itself. God can ask no more than that of us.

 

Georges Bernanos (1888-1948, French novelist, political writer)

 

No heart thrives without much secret converse with God and nothing will make amends for the want of it.

 

John Berridge

 

Pray. To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.

 

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")

 

No answer to prayer is an indication of our merit; every answer to prayer is an indication of God's mercy.

 

John Blanchard

 

I pray like a robber asking alms at the door of a farmhouse to which he is ready to set fire.

 

Leon Bloy

 

There is no hope but in prayer.

 

Andrew Bonar

 

If we are to pray aright, perhaps it is quite necessary that we pray contrary to our own heart. Not what we want to pray is important, but what God wants us to pray. The richness of the Word of God ought to determine our prayer, not the poverty of our heart.

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945, German Lutheran pastor and theologian)

 

Prayer does not mean simply to pour out one's heart. It means rather to find the way to God and to speak with him, whether the heart is full or empty.

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945, German Lutheran pastor and theologian)

 

Temptations which accompany the working day will be conquered on the basis of the morning breakthrough to God. Decisions, demanded by work, become easier and simpler where they are made not in the fear of men, but only in the sight of God. He wants to give us today the power which we need for our work.

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945, German Lutheran pastor and theologian)

 

The entire day receives order and discipline when it acquires unity. This unity must be sought and found in morning prayer. The morning prayer determines the day.

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945, German Lutheran pastor and theologian)

 

When our will wholeheartedly enters into the prayer of Christ, then we pray correctly.

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945, German Lutheran pastor and theologian)

 

By prayer, the ability is secured to feel the law of love, to speak according to the law of love, and to do everything in harmony with the law of love.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

Faith, and hope, and patience and all the strong, beautiful, vital forces of piety are withered and dead in a prayerless life. The life of the individual believer, his personal salvation, and personal Christian graces have their being, bloom, and fruitage in prayer.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

God if they lived more obedient and well-pleasing to God.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. They outlive the lives of those who uttered them.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

God's willingness to answer our prayers exceeds our willingness to give good and necessary things to our children, just as far as God's ability, goodness and perfection exceed our infirmities and evil.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

I feel it is far better to begin with God, to see His face first, to get my soul near Him before it is near another. In general it is best to have at least one hour alone with God before engaging in anything else.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

If we would have God in the closet, God must have us out of the closet. There is no way of praying to God, but by living to God.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

It is hard to wait and press and pray, and hear no voice, but stay till God answers.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

Natural ability and educational advantages do not figure as factors in this matter of prayer; but a capacity for faith, the power of a thorough consecration, the ability of self-littleness, an absolute losing of one's self in God's glory and an ever present and insatiable yearning and seeking after all the fullness of God.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

Non-praying is lawlessness, discord, anarchy.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

Other duties become pressing and absorbing and crowd our prayer. "Choked to death" would be the coroner's verdict in many cases of dead praying if an inquest could be secured on this dire, spiritual calamity.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

Our praying, to be strong, must be buttressed by holy living. The life of faith perfects the prayer of faith.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

Prayer honors God, acknowledges His being, exalts His power, adores His providence, secures His aid.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

Prayer is a trade to be learned. We must be apprentices and serve our time at it. Painstaking care, much thought, practice and labour are required to be a skillful tradesman in praying. Practice in this, as well as in all other trades, makes perfect.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

Prayer is of transcendent importance. Prayer is the mightiest agent to advance God's work. Praying hearts and hands only can do God's work. Prayer succeeds when all else fails.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

Prayer is our most formidable weapon, the thing which makes all else we do efficient.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

Prayer is the easiest and hardest of all things; the simplest and the sublimest; the weakest and the most powerful; its results lie outside the range of human possibilities -- they are limited only by the omnipotence of God.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

Prayer is the language of a man burdened with a sense of need.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

Prayer puts God's work in his hands -- and keeps it there.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

Prayer, like faith, obtains promises, enlarges their operation, and adds to the measure of their results.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

Praying which does not result in pure conduct is a delusion. We have missed the whole office and virtue of praying if it does not rectify conduct. It is in the very nature of things that we must quit praying, or quit bad conduct.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

Private place and plenty of time are the life of prayer.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

Straight praying is never born of crooked conduct.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

The goal of prayer is the ear of God, a goal that can only be reached by patient and continued and continuous waiting upon Him, pouring out our heart to Him and permitting Him to speak to us. Only by so doing can we expect to know Him, and as we come to know Him better we shall spend more time in His presence and find that presence a constant and ever-increasing delight.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

The more praying there is in the world, the better the world will be; the mightier the forces against evil everywhere.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

The possibilities of prayer are found in its allying itself with the purposes of God, for God's purposes and man's praying are the combination of all potent and omnipotent forces.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

Trouble and prayer are closely related.... Trouble often drives men to God in prayer, while prayer is but the voice of men in trouble.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

We can do nothing without prayer. All things can be done by importunate prayer. It surmounts or removes all obstacles, overcomes every resisting force and gains its ends in the face of invincible hindrances.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

We can never know God as it is our privilege to know Him by brief repetitions that are requests for personal favors, and nothing more.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

We cannot talk to God strongly when we have not lived for God strongly. The closet cannot be made holy to God when the life has not been holy to God.

 

E.M. Bounds

 

I find in the Psalms much the same range of mood and expression as I perceive within my own life of prayer.

 

Malcolm Boyd

 

Our prayers must spring from the indigenous soil of our own personal confrontation with the Spirit of God in our lives.

 

Malcolm Boyd

 

The object of most prayers is to wangle an advance on good intentions.

 

Robert Brault

 

Lord, if any have to die this day, let it be me, for I am ready.

 

Billy Bray

 

Lord, if any have to die this day, let it be me, for I am ready.

 

Billy Bray

 

If we could all hear one another's prayers, God might be relieved of some of his burden™.

 

Ashleigh Brilliant (1933-, British-American humorist)

Author's website: www.ashleighbrilliant.com

 

Prayer is not conquering God's reluctance, but taking hold of God's willingness.

 

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893, American minister, poet)

 

The most praying souls are the most assured souls.

 

Thomas B. Brooks

 

What is the life of a Christian but a life of prayer!

 

David Brown

 

God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers and thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face, like a gauntlet with a gift in it.

 

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)

 

God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Spirit, for such things as God has promised.

 

John Bunyan (1628-1688, British author)

 

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

 

John Bunyan (1628-1688, British author)

 

Prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.

 

John Bunyan (1628-1688, British author)

 

The best prayers have often more groans than words.

 

John Bunyan (1628-1688, British author)

 

When you pray, rather let your heart be without words than your words without heart.

 

John Bunyan (1628-1688, British author)

 

Prayer is not a substitute for work, thinking, watching, suffering, or giving; prayer is a support for all other efforts.

 

George A. Buttrick

 

The answer of our prayers is secured by the fact that in rejecting them God would in a certain sense deny His own nature.

 

John Calvin (1509-1564, French protestant reformer)

 

A day without prayer is a boast against God.

 

Owen Carr

 

Prayer is a cry of distress, a demand for help, a hymn of love.

 

Dr. Alexis Carrel (1873-1944, French biologist)

 

Prayer is the force as real as terrestrial gravity. As a physician, I have seen men, after all other therapy had failed, lifted out of disease and melancholy by the serene effort of prayer. Only in prayer do we achieve that complete and harmonious assembly of body, mind and spirit which gives the frail human reed its unshakable strength.

 

Dr. Alexis Carrel (1873-1944, French biologist)

 

The influence of prayer on the human mind and body is as demonstrable as that of secreting glands. Its results can be measured in terms of increased physical buoyancy, greater intellectual vigor, moral stamina, and a deeper understanding of the realities underlying human relationships.

 

Dr. Alexis Carrel (1873-1944, French biologist)

 

When we pray we link ourselves with an inexhaustible motive power.

 

Dr. Alexis Carrel (1873-1944, French biologist)

 

Don't try to reach God with your understanding; that is impossible. Reach him in love; that is possible.

 

Carlo Carretto

 

Prayer is an all-efficient panoply, a treasure undiminished, a mine which is never exhausted, a sky unobscured by clouds, a heaven unruffled by the storm. It is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings.

 

St. John Chrysostom (345-407, Patriarch of Constantinople)

 

Prayer should be the means by which I, at all times, receive all that I need, and, for this reason, be my daily refuge, my daily consolation, my daily joy, my source of rich and inexhaustible joy in life.

 

St. John Chrysostom (345-407, Patriarch of Constantinople)

 

The potency of prayer hath subdued the strength of fire; it hath bridled the rage of lions, hushed anarchy to rest, extinguished wars, appeased the elements, expelled demons, burst the chains of death, expanded the gates of heaven, assuaged diseases, repelled frauds, rescued cities from destruction, stayed the sun in its course, and arrested the progress of the thunderbolt.

 

St. John Chrysostom (345-407, Patriarch of Constantinople)

 

Prayer is and remains always a native and deepest impulse of the soul of man.

 

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)

 

The Christian will find his parentheses for prayer even in the busiest hours of life.

 

Richard Cecil (American poet)

 

They tell about a fifteen-year-old boy in an orphans' home who had an incurable stutter. One Sunday the minister was detained and the boy volunteered to say the prayer in his stead. He did it perfectly, too, without a single stutter. Later he explained, "I don't stutter when I talk to God. He loves me."

 

Bennett Cerf

 

Prayer is the acid test of devotion.

 

Samuel Chadwick

 

The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.

 

Samuel Chadwick

 

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