(Progressive Farmer image by Jack Goodson, 1965)

Prayer is the nearest approach to God and the highest enjoyment of Him that we are capable of in this life.

William Law

Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
Søren Kierkegaard

Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.
Satchel Paige

Prayer is exhaling the spirit of man and inhaling the spirit of God.
Edwin Keith

Practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers.
Austin O'Malley

Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.
George Herbert

Most people do not pray; they only beg.
George Bernard Shaw

God warms his hands at man's heart when he prays.
John Masefield

A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.
James E. Faust

Complaint is the largest tribute heaven receives and the sincerest part of our devotion.
Jonathan Swift

And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
1 Kings 9:3 (KJV)

In worship, God imparts himself to us.
C.S. Lewis

Prayer draws us near to our own souls.
Herman Melville

Saying one's prayers isn't exactly the same thing as praying.
L.M. Montgomery

To pray well is the better half of study.
Martin Luther

For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.
Samuel 7:27 (KJV)

Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.

Prayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence.
Oscar Wilde


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