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Audible prayer can never do the works of spiritual understanding, which regenerates; but silent prayer, watchfulness, and devout obedience enable us to follow Jesus example. Long prayers, superstition, and creeds clip the strong pinions of love, and clothe religion in human forms. Whatever materializes worship hinders man's spiritual growth and keeps him from demonstrating his power over error.
~ Mary Baker Eddy

 

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The Lord's prayer contains the sum total of religion and morals.
~ Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley

 

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

 

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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

 

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Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
~ St. Augustine

 

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Spiritual favors are not always to be looked for, and not always to be relied on.
~ Amelia E. Barr

 

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The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.
~ Charles Baudelaire

 

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It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

 

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

 

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But if it were I, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before Him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. [Job 5:8-9]
~ Bible

 

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If I regard wickedness in my heart the Lord will not hear. [Psalms 66:18]
~ Bible

 

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Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you, but I will instruct you in the good and right way. [I Samuel 12:23]
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Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks. [I Thessalonians]
~ Bible

 

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So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
~ Bible

 

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

 

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

 

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Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.
~ Phillips Brooks

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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