Deep down in me i knowed it

Deep down in me I knowed it was a lie, and He knowed it. You can’t pray a lie – I found that out. ~Mark Twain

The lord longs to hear all of

The Lord longs to hear all of our concerns – any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.  ~Corrie Ten Boom, Clippings from My Notebook

You know i aint never prayed before

You know I ain’t never prayed before
‘Cause it always seemed to me
That prayin’s the same as beggin’ Lord,
I don’t take no charity.
~Steve Earle, "Tom Ames’ Prayer," 1994CTO

Whatever a man prays for he for

Whatever a man prays for, he prays for a miracle.  Every prayer reduces itself to this:  "Great God, grant that twice two be not four."  ~Ivan Turgenev

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"Give us this day our daily bread" is probably the most perfectly constructed and useful sentence ever set down in the English language.  ~P.J. Wingate, quoted in the Wall Street Journal, 8 August 1977; BTSG

Prayer is when you talk to god

Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God. ~Author Unknown qtd by Diana Robinson in The People’s Almanac

There come times when i have nothing

There come times when I have nothing more to tell God.  If I were to continue to pray in words, I would have to repeat what I have already said.  At such times it is wonderful to say to God, "May I be in Thy presence, Lord?  I have nothing more to say to Thee, but I do love to be in Thy presence."  ~O. Hallesby

Pray v to ask that the laws

Pray, v.  To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary, 1911lcd

When we talk to god were praying

When we talk to God, we’re praying.  When God talks to us, we’re schizophrenic.  ~Jane Wagner, In Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, 1985, performed by Lily Tomlin

Prayer draws us near to our own

Prayer draws us near to our own souls, and purifies our thoughts.  ~Herman Melville, Mardi and A Voyage Thither, 1849, ch. 111, "The Visit the Lake of Yammo" CTO

Prayer is communication with the divine it

Prayer is communication with the Divine.  It can be whispered or chanted or written or expressed in the work you do.  However it is expressed, it is never in vain.  ~Donna Wilk Cardillo2009-10mail

Oh none are so absorbd as not

Oh! none are so absorb’d, as not to feel
Sweet thoughts like music coming o’er the mind:
When prayer, the purest incense of a soul,
Hath risen to the throne of heaven, the heart
Is mellow’d, and the shadows that becloud
Our state of darken’d being, glide away;…
~Robert Montgomery, “Beautiful Influences,” A Universal Prayer; Death; A Vision of Heaven; and A Vision of Hell; &c. &c., 1829TPVgb, QE2

Give a man fish and youll feed

Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he’ll starve to death while praying for a fish.  ~Author Unknown

No one is a firmer believer in

No one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil; not that he practices it, but he suffers from it.  ~Guy H. King

Some people think that prayer just means

Some people think that prayer just means asking for things, and if they fail to receive exactly what they asked for, they think the whole thing is a fraud.  ~Gerald Vann