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It lengthens out every act of worship, and produces more lasting and permanent impressions in the mind than those which accompany any transient form of words.
Joseph Addison
How cold and dead does a prayer appear that is composed in the most elegant forms of speech, when it is not heightened by solemnity of phrase from the sacred writings!
Joseph Addison
Let us consider whether our approaches to him are sweet and refreshing, and if we are uneasy under any long discontinuance of our conversation with him.
Francis Atterbury
Mighty is the efficacy of such intercessions to avert judgments; how much more available then may they be to secure the continuance of blessings!
Francis Atterbury
How happy it is to believe, with a steadfast assurance, that our petitions are heard even while we are making them; and how delightful to meet with a proof of it in the effectual and actual grant of them!
William Cowper
Hast thou not learn’d what thou art often told,
A truth still sacred, and believed of old,
That no success attends on spears and swords
Unblest, and that the battle is the Lord’s?
William Cowper
Many times that which we ask would if it should be granted be worse for us, and perhaps tend to our destruction; and then God by denying the particular matter of our prayers doth grant the general matter of them.
Henry Hammond
Against the will of heaven
The work was done, and thence not long endured.
Himself not only comprehended all our necessities, but in such sort also framed every petition as might most naturally serve for many; and doth, though not always require, yet always import a multitude of speakers together.
Richard Hooker
They pray in vain to have sin pardoned, which seek not also to prevent sin by prayer, even every particular sin, by prayer against all sin; except men can name some transgressions wherewith we ought to have truce.
Richard Hooker
To propose our desires which cannot take such effect as we specify shall (notwithstanding) otherwise procure us his heavenly grace; even as this very prayer of Christ obtained angels to be sent him as comforters in his agony.
Richard Hooker
The knowledge is small which we have on earth concerning things that are done in heaven; notwithstanding, this much we know even of saints in heaven, that they pray.
Richard Hooker
What signifies the sound of words in prayer without the affection of the heart, and a sedulous application of the proper means that may naturally lead us to such an end?
Roger L’Estrange
Holy beginning of a holy cause,
When heroes, girt for Freedom’s combat, pause
Before high Heaven, and, humble in their might,
Call down its blessing on that coming fight.
Thomas Moore
Daily prayers atone for daily sins.
Alexander Pope
If I am right, thy grace impart,
Still in the right to stay:
If I am wrong, oh teach my heart
To find that better way
Alexander Pope
In all thou dost, first let thy prayers ascend,
And to the gods thy labours first commend:
From them implore success, and hope a prosperous end.
None but the careless and the confident would rush rudely into the presence of a great man: and shall we, in our applications to the great God, take that to be religion which the common reason of mankind will not allow to be manners?
Robert South
But you will ask, Upon what account is it that prayer becomes efficacious with God to procure us the good things we pray for? I answer, Upon this, that it is the fulfilling of that condition upon which God has promised to convey his blessings to men.
Robert South
Do not omit thy prayers for want of a good oratory: for he that prayeth on God’s account cares not what he suffers, so he be the friend of Christ; nor where nor when he prays, so he may do it frequently, fervently, and acceptably.
Jeremy Taylor
When you lie down, close your eyes with a short prayer, commit yourself into the hands of your faithful creator; and when you have done, trust him with yourself, as you must do when you are dying.
Jeremy Taylor
More things are wrought by prayer
Than the world dreams of.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Battering the gates of heaven with storms of prayer.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Did we perfectly know the state of our own condition, and what was most proper for us, we might have reason to conclude our prayers not heard, if not answered.
William Wake

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