Thursday, 25 August 2011

Quotes on prayer

In his book on prayer called “Prayer: Does it make a difference” Phillip Yancey makes the following point:

“Newcomers to prayer often worry that they are not doing it right. Perhaps they have heard eloquent prayers from the pulpit or read them in books. They would never pray out loud in a group, and even shy away from private prayers for fear of saying the wrong thing, of offending a perfect God. Meeting a celebrity sends most of us into a tongue-tied state; what can we possibly say that would merit God’s time and attention? I have one word of advice: Relax.”  Prayer p181

“The rector at my church suggested that when you pray for someone, envision taking that person by the hand and presenting them to the Lord.” Prayer p181

Martin Luther who averaged two hours a day in prayer, counselled others “The fewer the words, the better the prayer.” Indeed two of the Bible’s shortest prayers, from a tax-collector and a crucified thief, proved most effective.” Prayer p181

“Apart from the requirement that we be authentic before God, there is no prescribed way to pray…. As Roberta Bondi says, ‘If you are praying, you are already doing it right”   Prayer p181

“Jesus taught a model prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, but otherwise gave few rules. His teaching reduces down to three general principles: Keep it honest, keep it simple, and keep it up.”  Prayer p181

“Pray as you can, not as you can’t.”   Dom Chapman

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