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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.

All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.
Pray that you will never have to bear all that you are able to endure.
Battering the gates of heaven with the storms of prayer.
O Lord! thou knowest how busy I must be this day: if I forget thee, do not thou forget me.
The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.
So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
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]
Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks. [I Thessalonians]
If I regard wickedness in my heart the Lord will not hear. [Psalms 66:18]
To be sure, this requires effort and love, a careful cultivation of the spiritual life, and a watchful, honest, active oversight of all one's mental attitudes towards things and people. It is not to be learned by world-flight, running away from things, turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, one must learn an inner solitude, where or with whomsoever he may be. He must learn to penetrate things and find God there, to get a strong impression of God firmly fixed on his mind.
Your prayer must be for a sound mind in a sound body.
One hour in the execution of justice is worth seventy years of prayer.
Short prayers reach heaven.
No one can pray well, but those who live well.
When we take one step toward to God, he takes seven steps toward us.
If you can't pray a door open, don't pry it open.
We often want one thing and pray for another, not telling the truth even to the gods.
More than once I had seen a noble who had gotten his enemy at a disadvantage stop to pray before cutting his throat.
Pray for what you want, but work for what you need.
We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them.
To pray is to pay attention to something or someone other than oneself. Whenever a man so concentrates his attention -- on a landscape, a poem, a geometrical problem, an idol, or the True God -- that he completely forgets his own ego and desires, he is praying. The primary task of the schoolteacher is to teach children, in a secular context, the technique of prayer.
Spiritual favors are not always to be looked for, and not always to be relied on.
It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.
The wish to pray is a prayer in itself. God can ask no more than that of us.
We know little of the things for which we pray.
The influence of prayer on the human mind and body is as demonstrable as that of secreting glands. Its results can be measured in terms of increased physical buoyancy, greater intellectual vigor, moral stamina, and a deeper understanding of the realities underlying human relationships.
When a man has done all he can do, still there is a mighty, mysterious agency over which he needs influence to secure success. The one way he can reach it is by prayer.
Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.
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.
If this obstacle is from Thee, Lord, I accept it; but if it is from Satan, I refuse him and all his works in the name of Calvary.
The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.
A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer.
There are few men who dare to publish to the world the prayers they make to Almighty God.
When you pray for anyone you tend to modify your personal attitude toward him.
Prayer and practice is good rhyme.
Prayer should be short, without giving God Almighty reasons why he should grant this, or that; he knows best what is good for us.
Prayer is talking with God and telling Him you love Him, conversing with God about all the things that are important in life, both large and small, and being assured that He is listening.
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.

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