“To pray is nothing more involved than to lie in the sunshine of His grace, to expose our distress of body and soul to those healing rays which can in a wonderful way counteract and render ineffective the bacteria of sin. To be a man or woman of prayer is to take this sun-cure, to give Jesus, with His wonder-working power, access to our distress night and day.” Ole Hallesby

Lex orandi, lex credendi (the law of praying is the law of believing).

“To pray in the midst of the mundane is simply and strongly to assert that this dull and tiring day is holy and its simple labors are the stuff of God’s saving presence for me now. To pray simply because it is prayer time is no small act of immersion in the God who is willing to wait for us to be conscious, to be ready, to be willing to become new in life.” Joan Chittister

“There are spiritual desires, Zech. 12:10; which the saints breathe out unto God, having them first breathed into them by the Spirit, Rom. 8:26.” Thomas Boston

The wisdom of the Scriptures is learned rather by prayer than by study. – St. Philip Neri

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Breath Prayers

We take short prayers, phrases, psalms upon our lips and quietly breathe them throughout the day. These prayers become a way of focusing our thoughts, feelings, and hearts toward the Lord in the midst of each moment. Here are some Psalms I’ve clipped that have blessed and strengthened me. My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day.…

Prayer of St. Brendan

St. Brendan set sail with a band of friends in search of the Holy Island. The following prayer is attributed to him as he considers this perilous journey. As each of us considers the call of God in our own lives, this prayer might offer a way of seeking and waiting on the Lord. Shall I abandon, O King of mysteries, the soft…

Prayer for the Suffering

Here is a little prayer from the poet Langston Hughes. It often echoes through my mind as I look out at our world. Gather up In the arms of your pity The sick, the depraved, The desperate, the tired, All the scum Of our weary city Gather up In the arms of your pity. Gather up In the arms of your love—…