Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and wine.
In Gethsemane the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain cup might pass from Him. It did not. After that the idea that prayer is recommended to us as a sort of infallible gimmick may be dismissed.
● "God grant me the serenity to accept things I cannot change, courage to change things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” - Reinhold Niebuhr (American Theologian)
● “If Christians spent as much time praying as they do grumbling, they would soon have nothing to grumble about.” - Anonymous
● “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.”- Abraham Lincoln
● “Prayer is the rope that pulls God and man together. But, it doesn’t pull God down to us: It pulls us up to Him.” - Billy Graham
● “Every Christian needs a half-hour of prayer each day, except when he is busy, then he needs an hour.” - Francis de Sales
● “Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it.” - Corrie Ten Boom
● “Our prayers are heard by God not according to what we try to be when we pray, but who we are when we are not praying" - Joyce Meyer
● “We should spend as much time in thanking God for his benefits as we do in asking him for them.” –Vencent de Paul, Roman Catholic priest and spiritual writer.
● “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” – Corrie Ten Boom, devotional writer.
● “In prayer we shift the center of living from self-consciousness to self-surrender” – Abraham Joshua Heschel, American Jewish Theologian.
● “He who has learned to pray has learned to pray has learned the greatest secret of a holy and happy life.” – William Law, Anglican author.
● “There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.” – Brother Lawrence
● D. L. Moody (19th Century Evangelist) said, “Sometimes when your child talks, your friends cannot understand what he says; but the mother understands very well. So if our prayer comes from the heart, God understands our language.”
● D. L. Moody (19th Century Evangelist) said, “After we have made our requests known to Him, our language should be, “Thy will be done.” I would a thousand times rather that Gods’ will should be done than my own.”
● Samuel Chadwick (Puritan preacher) said, “Hurry is the death of Prayer.”