Prayer isn't built on secret formulas,
God answers in installments every prayer offered to him.
Carroll E. Simcox
I don't pray to God because of my goodness, but because of God's goodness.
There is a unity between doing the works of God and being listened to by Him when we pray. In some way, it is really the same: to do the works of God and to have our prayers answered. Our prayers will be answered because we are doing daily the works of God. And we do the works of God because our prayers are answered.
Adrian van Kaam
Do not fret or worry about distractions. It seems no exaggeration to state that 99 percent of people are anxious, even nettled and irked by the spontaneous wanderings they experience at prayer.
We are passive in prayer because prayer itself is active. Prayer cannot be measured on a scale of success and failure because it is God's work--and God always succeeds.
The fewer the words, the better the prayer. The more words, the worse the prayer. Few words and much meaning is Christian. Many words and little meaning is pagan.
We have learned that an answer to prayer is not an end in itself, but is always God's opening of the next door of our lives and ushering us into the next era He has for us.
The first time you receive guidance you will know the difference. You can misake rhinestones for diamonds, but you can never mistake a diamond for a rhinestone.
Adele Rogers St. John
When we pray, prayer becomes not a means of getting what we want, but a means of petition to the Father and trusting in Him to do what is best for us.
Thomas L. Seals
Spiritual people are not those who engage in certain spiritual practices; they are those who draw their life from a conversational relationship with God.
Prayer is not designed to change God but to change us. The faster we let that happen, the better our prayer is going to be.
Someone is there...More, someone is there who loves me. It was a startling feeling of wild hope, a feeling so new and overwhelming that it seemed fully worth risking my life on.
Jesus teaches us to pray Thy will be done, not Thy will be changed.
When you pivotally pray to let go, asking God to help you release those who have hurt you or are hurting you now, you'll experience the first stages of a fresh walk with God. Your hands will be free to help others who are hurting, and your soul will be free to live in peace toward God and those around you.
More than anything else, contemplation is about creating a space in which a change of heart can occur and then a change in our behavior.
What do you do when nothing makes sense?...You must grab onto God.
Benedict J. Groeschel