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A list of the best prayer quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous prayer quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic prayer quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational prayer quotes from that same writer.

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Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks. -- I Thessalonians

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When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don't, they don't. William Temple

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The Lord's prayer contains the sum total of religion and morals.

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A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer. Doris Lessing

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And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Jesus Christ

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Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you, but I will instruct you in the good and right way. -- I Samuel 12:23

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Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Phillips Brooks

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In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart. John Bunyan

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Father in Heaven! When the thought of thee wakes in our hearts let it not awaken like a frightened bird that flies about in dismay, but like a child waking from its sleep with a heavenly smile. Søren Kierkegaard

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Bow, stubborn knees! William Shakespeare

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Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. Augustine of Hippo

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Let everyone try and find that as a result of daily prayer he adds something new to his life, something with which nothing can be compared. Mahatma Gandhi

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If I regard wickedness in my heart the Lord will not hear. -- Psalms 66:18

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When we take one step toward to God, he takes seven steps toward us.

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Seven days without prayer makes one weak.

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

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Our thanks to God should always precede our requests.

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Pray that you will never have to bear all that you are able to endure.

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The men who have guided the destiny of the United States have found the strength for their tasks by going to their knees. This private unity of public men and their God is an enduring source of reassurance for the people of America. Lyndon B. Johnson

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You can't pray a lie. Mark Twain

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Prayer moves the hand that moves the universe.

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More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones. Mother Teresa

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There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers. Teresa of Ávila

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Prayer should be short, without giving God Almighty reasons why he should grant this, or that; he knows best what is good for us. John Selden

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All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother. I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. Abraham Lincoln

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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

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No, if you talk to God you're religious. If God talks to you, you're psychotic. Doris Egan

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Listen close and you can hear, “Please, bless us and forgive us, and make us good here and strong here. Let us get along here. Let those we love and left behind be blessed. Let us find the proper path and keep to it. Help us act harmoniously, and find work pleasing in the sight of god and man.” Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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My prayer to God is a very short one: O Lord, make my enemies look ridiculous! God has granted it. Voltaire

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So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

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But if it were I, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before Him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. -- Job 5:8-9

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

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Heaven grant that the burden you carry may have as easy an exit as it had an entrance. -- Prayer To A Pregnant Woman Desiderius Erasmus

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Pray. To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy. Ambrose Bierce

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Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. Mahatma Gandhi

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Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action. Mahatma Gandhi

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

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It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk. Henry Ward Beecher

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If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. Meister Eckhart

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We often want one thing and pray for another, not telling the truth even to the gods. Seneca the Younger

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"Kiss my pommel." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got. Seneca the Younger

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

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When you lie down with a short prayer, commit yourself into the hands of your Creator; and when you have done so, trust Him with yourself, as you must do when you are dying. Jeremy Taylor

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Whatsoever we beg of God, let us also work for it. Jeremy Taylor

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"Be careful what you pray for." Janet Morris

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Do not make prayer a monologue -- make it a conversation.

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"Overall, my books represent a kind of shared communion and meditation with my fellow human beings… The books are also a part of what I call the great continuum of spiritual literary dialogue that I feel has been in progress since human beings first gave in to the urge to pray to their sense of something greater than themselves and interpreted certain signs or events or silences as responses to those prayers." Aberjhani

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More than once I had seen a noble who had gotten his enemy at a disadvantage stop to pray before cutting his throat. Mark Twain

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"The two stallions, the silver and the black, represent the equine god (whomsoever horses pray to) in this ritual so ancient that no one knows what god to thank." Janet Morris