Prayer

October 22, 2019

“There are very few people who come to their senses, very few who understand life. We pray with our lips only, and we hurry through our prayers to “get it over with” as soon as possible, and then we lose peace. Fasting and prayer are a means of embellishing our soul and bringing it back to its original state.” (Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica)

 

“...God’s answers [to prayers] come from God’s perspective. They are not always in harmony with our expectations, for only he knows the whole story. Are you missing God’s answer to a prayer because you haven’t considered any possible answers other than the one you expect?” (Life Application Study Bible, Genesis 18:20-33)

 

“When we pray and God’s answer is “not yet,” we must understand that God has his reasons for waiting." (Henry and Richard Blackaby)

 

“Many people think their prayers are never answered because it is the answered ones that they forget. Like the others who find proof for a superstition by recording all the cases in which bad luck has followed a dinner with 13 at table and forget all the others where it hasn’t.” (C. S. Lewis)

 

“I have had prayers answered – most strangely so sometimes – but I think our heavenly Father’s loving kindness has been even more evident in what He has refused me.” (Lewis Carroll)

 

“God will answer your prayers, but not as a result of your positive mental attitude...To pray effectively, you need faith in God, not faith in the object of your request. If you focus only on your request, you will be left with nothing if your request is refused.” (Life Application Study Bible, Mark 11:22-23)

 

“When you find it difficult to pray...Say to God, “I am unable to speak to You, so I need You to speak to my heart.” Sometimes the most profitable spiritual growth can take place in such periods of brokenness because we see in those moments how very much we need God and depend upon Him.” (Abbot Tryphon)

 

 “For a long while I was a mistress of the art of praying for God to change difficult circumstances. It took years before I learned how to pray for God to change me in the midst of the difficult circumstances." (Karen Burton Mains)

 

“When all other courses of action have been eliminated, when we stand on the edge of the abyss, when we approach God with empty hands and an aching heart, then we draw close to the true heart of prayer." (Jerry Sittser)

 

“What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God's eyes, our best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. For these may come from a deeper level than feeling. God sometimes seems to speak to us most intimately when He catches us, as it were, off our guard.” (C. S. Lewis)

 

“One must force himself to prayer when he has not spiritual prayer; and thus God, beholding him thus striving and compelling himself by force, in spite of an unwilling heart, gives him the true prayer of the Spirit.” (St. Macarius the Great)

 

“An interesting thing I’ve learned about praying for others and the world in general is that while I’m praying for others, God is also working in me, changing my heart for the better.” (David L. Fontes, PsyD)

 

“Prayer is a weapon that all believers should use in interceding for others.” (Life Application Study Bible, Romans 15:30)

 

“Over the past twenty years, there has been a surge in research studying the connection between prayer and health. Researchers such as Herbert Benson, Harold Koenig, Mitchell Krucoff, David Larson, and Kenneth Pargament have identified connections between prayer and improvements in mental health, recovery from illness, immune system functioning, blood pressure, and many other aspects of health. Studies on intercessory prayer, or prayer for the well-being of others, have grown to the point that intercessory prayer in now classified as an experimental intervention by the American Psychological Association.” (George Stavros)

 

 “He who persists ceaselessly in prayer must not disparage the man incapable of doing this, nor must the man who devotes himself to serving the needs of the community complain about those dedicated to prayer. For if the prayers and the service are offered in the spirit of simplicity and love for others, the superabundnce of those dedicated to prayer will make up for the insufficiency of those who serve and vice versa.” (St. Makarios of Egypt)

 

“I am often, I believe, praying for others when I should be doing things for them. It’s so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see him.” (C.S. Lewis)

 

“Prayer must have a vital place in our lives, but there is also a place for action. Sometimes we know what to do, but we pray for more guidance as an excuse to postpone doing it. If we know what we should do, then it is time to get moving.” (Life Application Study Bible, Exodus 14:15)

 

“The gospel assures me that God cares about everything I do and will listen to my prayers. He may not answer them the way I want, but if He doesn’t it is because He knows things I do not. My degree of success or failure is part of his good plan for me. God is my source of strength and perseverance.” (Katherine Leary Alsdorf)

 

“Prayer is the ascent of the heart and mind to God.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Psalm 69:1)

 

“…complex issues require prayer and discernment that is anything but simple and requires us to extend ourselves in our thoughts and heart to make a good decision that we may or may not have peace about.” (Sacramental Living)

 

“Even well-grounded, deeply committed Christians need constant encouragement, instruction, and prayer.” (1 Thessalonians 3:1-5)

 

“As we pray to God, He shifts our focus from ourselves to Him.” (Life Application Study Bible, Psalms 77:1)

 

“Prayer must be united with quiet and godly behavior.” (Orthodox Study Bible, 1Timothy 2:8)"Unless the prayer which you intend to offer to God is important and meaningful to you first, you will not be able to present it to the Lord. If you are inattentive to the words you pronounce, if your heart does not respond to them, or if your life is not turned in the same direction as your prayer, it will not reach out Godwards.” (Metropolitan Anthony Bloom)

 

“be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for"love will cover a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:7-8)

 

“Our friendship with God is sustained in prayer, and it is in prayer that we encounter the will and purposes of God and allow God to speak to our wills, motives, our desires and our priorities. Nothing is so critical to our spiritual formation than the nurturing of our prayer.” (Gordon T.  Smith)

 

“The path to a deeper spiritual life is not through religious duties, special knowledge, or secrets; it is only through a clear connection with the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Life Application Study Bible, Colossians 4:18)

 

“You must approach prayer with an attitude such that you desire only the Divine Will, and not your own, alike in asking and in receiving what you have asked for....In a word, let it be in your mind and heart completely, to unite your will with the will of God, to obey it in everything, and in no way to desire to incline God’s will toward your own.” (Saint Theophan)