Favorite Quotations ~  Prayer, 4 Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home

"When you pray, move your feet." ~ African Proverb

Mary, Blessed Mother

It is said that if one chooses to pray to a rock with enough devotion, even that rock will come alive. ~ Ming-Dao Deng

Prayer holds together the shattered fragments of creation. It makes history possible. ~ Jacques Ellul

A rocky vinyard does not need a prayer, but a pick ax. ~ Native American Proverb

The whole thing boils down to giving ourselves in prayer a chance to realize that we have what we seek. We don’t have to rush after it. It is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us. ~ Thomas Merton

As my prayer became more attentive and inward, I had less and less to say. I finally became completely silent… This is how it is. To pray does not mean to listen to oneself speaking. Prayer involves becoming silent, and being silent, and waiting until God is heard. ~ Søren Kierkegaard

Prayer begins where human capacity ends. ~ Marian Anderson

Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow. ~ Benjamin Franklin

A man who possesses a veneration of life will not simply say his prayers. He will throw himself into the battle to preserve life, if for no other reason than that he himself is an extension of life around him. ~ Albert Schweitzer

A rocky vinyard does not need a prayer, but a pick ax. ~ Native American Proverb

Answered prayers are scary. They imply responsibility. You asked for it. Now that you've got it, what are you going to do? Why else the cautionary phrase Watch out for what you pray for; you might just get it? ~ Julia Cameron

Anything large enough for a wish to light upon, is large enough to hang a prayer upon. ~ George MacDonald

I’m afraid I did not pray hard enough last night. ~ Etty Hillesum

And so I urge you: carry on an ongoing conversation with God about the daily stuff of life, a little like Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. For now, do not worry about “proper” praying, just talk to God. ~ Richard J. Foster

Who one believes God to be is most accurately revealed not in any credo but in the way one speaks to God when no one else is listening. ~ Nancy Mairs

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