Eyes closed heart hurting and hope lost. This is the common profile of a person who is about to pray. Prayer is often the last resort of the most desperate people, which should not be the case. Prayer is one of the most powerful things in this world and it is time for us to realize that it is not just for the weak and the broken. Yes, we pray when we need guidance and when we feel like we have lost our way.
We draw strength from prayers and we usually find the enlightenment we need at the end of it. When we are sad, we pray. When we are angry, we pray. When we are frustrated, we pray. But negative emotions and experiences should not be the sole purpose for praying. Prayer can also be the means for us to say our graces and express our gratitude for all the blessings we have received in our lives.
Rejoicing and saying thank you are also wonderful reasons to pray. Let us learn how to pray for our families, for our friends, for the jobs that put the food on our tables and for all the little blessings we encounter each day. These will enrich our lives further and bring more joy into our hearts.
Best Quotes on Prayer
“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.”
― Max Lucado
“The reality is, my prayers don’t change God. But, I am convinced prayer changes me. Praying boldly boots me out of that stale place of religious habit into authentic connection with God Himself.”
― Lysa TerKeurst
“Rather than set aside daily time for prayer, I pray constantly and spontaneously about everything I encounter on a daily basis. When someone shares something with me, I’ll often simply say, ‘let’s pray about this right now.”
― Thomas Kinkade
“Prayer is not a discourse. It is a form of life, the life with God. That is why it is not confined to the moment of verbal statement.”
― Jaques Ellul
“Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue; God’s voice is its most essential part. Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine.”
― Andrew Murray
“Prayer is a conversation between you and God. Don’t be afraid to talk to him. Don’t worry about what you will say. Speak from your heart.”
― Nicky Gumbel
“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”
― Bruce Lee
“The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured.”
― Rick Warren
“There are parts of our calling, works of the Holy Spirit, and defeats of the darkness that will come no other way than through furious, fervent, faith-filled, unceasing prayer.”
― Beth Moore
Silent. Heartfelt. Genuine. These three words make for powerful prayers. Prayers which come from the heart are the most real. They are the ones which are focused on specific details and people in our lives, whether when we are asking for help and guidance or when we are giving thanks for good things that happen to us and to the people we love the most. Prayer often comes from love deep within us, coming forth through our words were spoken out loud or silently in our minds. It is a powerful weapon against negative emotions as well as a joy and comfort to our hearts.