An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The Ancient Mariner said to Neptune during a great storm, "0 God, you will save me if you wish, but I am going to go on holding my tiller straight."


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


There are few people wise enough to prefer useful criticism over treacherous praise.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The main lesson about prayer is just this: Do it! Do it! Do it! You want to be taught to pray? My answer is: pray.


John Laidlaw


We must pray for more prayer, for it is the world's mightiest healing force.


Frank C. Laubach


He who has learned to pray has learned the greatest secret of a holy and a happy life.


William Law (American merchant)


There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as praying for him.


William Law (American merchant)


A little lifting of the heart suffices; a little remembrance of God, one act of inward worship are prayers which, however short, are nevertheless acceptable to God.


Brother Lawrence (17th century mystic of the Catholic persuasion)


The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.


Brother Lawrence (17th century mystic of the Catholic persuasion)


We ought to act with God in the greatest simplicity, speak to Him frankly and plainly, and implore His assistance in our affairs.


Brother Lawrence (17th century mystic of the Catholic persuasion)


You need not cry very loud; he is nearer to us than we think.


Brother Lawrence (17th century mystic of the Catholic persuasion)


Prayer is an end to isolation. It is living our daily life with someone; with him who alone can deliver us from solitude.


Georges Lefevre


It is good to pray for the repair of mistakes, but praying earlier would keep us from making so many. When puzzled, go to prayer and listen.


J. C. Macaulay


She heard the snuffle of hypocrisy in her prayer. She had to cease to pray.


George Meredith (1828-1909, British author)


Who rises from prayer a better man, his prayer is answered.


George Meredith (1828-1909, British author)


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


Hannah Moore


We lie to God in prayer if we do not rely on him afterwards.


Robert Leighton (1611-1684, British clergyman)


Jesus, please teach me to appreciate what I have, before time forces me to appreciate what I had.


Susan L. Lenzkes


A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer.


Doris Lessing (1919-, British novelist)


There are four ways God answers prayer: No, not yet; No, I love you too much;Yes, I thought you'd never ask;Yes, and here's more.


Anne Lewis


It is in recognizing the actual presence of God that we find prayer no longer a chore, but a supreme delight.


Gordon Lindsay


Prayer, to the patriarchs and prophets, was more than the recital of well-known and well-worn phrases -- it was the outpouring of the heart.


Herbert Lockyer


All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


I have to hurry all day to get time to pray.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian's weapon.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


The less I pray, the harder it gets; the more I pray, the better it goes.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


Tomorrow I plan to work, work, from early until late. In fact I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


I would rather stand against the cannons of the wicked than against the prayers of the righteous.


Thomas Lye


My prayers, my God, flow from what I am not; I think Thy answers make me what I am.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


God is a rich and bountiful Father, and He does not forget His children, nor withhold from them anything which it would be to their advantage to receive.


J.K. MacLean


If our petitions are in accordance with His will, and if we seek His glory in the asking, the answers will come in ways that will astonish us and fill our hearts with songs of thanksgiving.


J.K. MacLean


Just as an earthly father knows what is best for his children's welfare, so does God take into consideration the particular needs of His human family, and meets them out of His wonderful storehouse.


J.K. MacLean


That prayer has great power which a person makes with all his might. It makes a sour heart sweet, a sad heart merry, a poor heart rich, a foolish heart wise, a timid heart brave, a sick heart well, a blind heart full of sight, a cold heart ardent. It draws down the great God into the little heart; it drives the hungry soul up into the fullness of God; it brings together two lovers, God and the soul, in a wondrous place where they speak much of love.


Mechthild of Magdeburg


Men of God are always men of prayer.


Henry T. Mahan


Faith is the fountain of prayer, and prayer should be nothing else but faith exercised.


Thomas Manton


If we be empty and poor, it is not because God's hand is straitened, but ours is not opened.


Thomas Manton


When we make self the end of prayer, it is not worship but self-seeking.


Thomas Manton


Religion is no more possible without prayer than poetry without language or music without atmosphere.


James Martineau


The Lord's Prayer may be committed to memory quickly, but it is slowly learnt by heart.


Frederick Denison Maurice


Oh, what a cause of thankfulness it is that we have a gracious God to go to on all occasions! Use and enjoy this privilege and you can never be miserable. Oh, what an unspeakable privilege is prayer!


Lady Maxwell


The value of consistent prayer is not that He will hear us, but that we will hear Him.


William McGill


Pray till you pray.


D.M. McIntyre


Prayer has marked the trees across the wilderness of a skeptical world to direct the traveler in distress, and all paths lead to a single light.


Douglas Meador


Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble.


Philipp Melanchthon


He offered a prayer so deeply devout that he seemed kneeling and praying at the bottom of the sea.


Herman Melville (1819-1891, American author)


Prayer for worldly goods is worse than fruitless, but prayer for strength of soul is that passion of the soul which catches the gift it seeks.


George Meredith (1828-1909, British author)


The man who prays grows, and the muscles of the soul swell from this whipcord to iron bands.


F. B. Meyer


The man who prays grows, and the muscles of the soul swell from this whipcord to iron bands.


F. B. Meyer


Don't put people down, unless it's on your prayer list.


Stan Michalski


Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


There are few men who dare to publish to the world the prayers they make to Almighty God.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


The fates are not quite obdurate; they have a grim, sardonic way of granting them who supplicate the thing they wanted yesterday.


Roselle Mercier Montgomery


I firmly believe a great many prayers are not answered because we are not willing to forgive someone.


Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899, American evangelist)


Prayer is a serious thing. We may be taken at our words.


Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899, American evangelist)


Spread out your petition before God, and then say, "Thy will, not mine, be done." The sweetest lesson I have learned in God's school is to let the Lord choose for me.


Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899, American evangelist)


More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of Himself.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


There is a time for all things; a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away; there is a time to fight, and that time has come!


General Peter Muhlenberg


Abiding fully means praying much.


Andrew Murray


Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart -- so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.


Andrew Murray


Nowhere can we get to know the holiness of God, and come under His influence and power, except in the inner chamber. It has been well said: "No man can expect to make progress in holiness who is not often and long alone with God."


Andrew Murray


The great thing in prayer is to feel that we are putting our supplications into the bosom of omnipotent love.


Andrew Murray


While others still slept, He went away to pray and to renew His strength in communion with His Father. He had need of this, otherwise He would not have been ready for the new day. The holy work of delivering souls demands constant renewal through fellowship with God.


Andrew Murray


When praying for healing, ask great things of God and expect great things from God. But let us seek for that healing that really matters, the healing of the heart, enabling us to trust God simply, face God honestly, and live triumphantly.


Arlo F. Newell


Prayer is the great engine to overthrow and rout my spiritual enemies, the great means to procure the graces of which I stand in hourly need.


John Newton (1725-1807, British poet, wrote "Amazing Grace")


The spirit of prayer is the fruit and token of the Spirit of adoption.


John Newton (1725-1807, British poet, wrote "Amazing Grace")


Grant me the courage not to give up, even though I think it is hopeless.


Admiral Chester W. Nimitz


When we take one step toward to God, he takes seven steps toward us.


Indian Proverb (Sayings of Indian origin)


When the gods are angry with a man, they give him what he asks for.


Greek Proverb (Sayings of Greek  origin)


Practice in life whatever you pray for and God will give it to you more abundantly.


Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882, Theologian)


Ordinarily when a man in difficulty turns to prayer, he has already tried every other means of escape.


Austin O'Malley


Practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers.


Austin O'Malley


But more than all I pray that down the years we will remember there are always new frontiers.


Birdsell Otis


He who prays as he ought, will endeavor to live as he prays.


John Owen


He prays best who does not know that he is praying.


Saint Anthony of Padua


All the troubles of life come upon us because we refuse to sit quietly for awhile each day in our rooms.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


Today any successful and competent businessman will employ the latest and best-tested methods in production, distribution, and administration, and many are discovering that one of the greatest of all efficiency methods is prayer power.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


When you pray for anyone you tend to modify your personal attitude toward him.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


There are three answers to prayer: yes, no, and wait a while. It must be recognized that no is an answer.


Ruth Stafford Peale


Sometimes... God answers our prayers in the way our parents do, who reply to the pleas of their children with "Not just now" or "I'll have to think about that for a little while."


Roy M. Pearson


We, one and all of us, have an instinct to pray; and this fact constitutes an invitation from God to pray.


Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914, American philosopher, logician, mathematician)


O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


In the war upon the powers of darkness, prayer is the primary and mightiest weapon, both in aggressive war upon them and their works; in the deliverance of men from their power; and against them as a hierarchy of powers opposed to Christ and His Church.


Jessie Penn-Lewis


I did this night promise my wife never to go to bed without calling upon God, upon my knees, in prayer.


Samuel Pepys (1633-1703, British diarist)


We are never more like Christ than in prayers of intercession.


Austin Phelps


We are all weak, finite, simple human beings, standing in the need of prayer. None need it so much as those who think they are strong, those who know it not, but are deluded by self-sufficiency.


Harold C. Phillips


Meditation is a mental discipline that enables us to do one thing at a time.


Max Picard


Praying without ceasing is not ritualized, nor are there even words. It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


Most Christians expect little from God, ask little, and therefore receive little and are content with little.


A.W. Pink


An agnostic found himself in trouble, and a friend suggested he pray. "How can I pray when I do not know whether or not there is a God?" he asked. "If you are lost in the forest," his friend replied, "you do not wait until you find someone before shouting for help."


Dan Plies


God may turn his ears from prattling prayers, or preaching prayers, but never from penitent, believing prayers.


William S. Plumer


Real prayer seeks an audience and an answer.


William S. Plumer


Those who trade with heaven by prayer grow rich by quick returns.


William S. Plumer


God listens to our weeping when the occasion itself is beyond our knowledge, but still within His love and power.


Daniel A. Poling


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