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This awesome prayer takes less than a minute. Please send this to
people to start a prayer line. Prayer is one of the best free gifts
we receive.


Father, I ask you to bless my friends reading this right now. I am
asking you to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is
pain, give them your peace and mercy. Where there is self doubting, release
a renewed confidence in your ability to work through them. Where there
is tiredness, or exhaustion, I ask You to give them understanding, patience,
and strength as they learn submission to your leading. Where there is spiritual
stagnation, I ask you to renew them by revealing your nearness, and by drawing
them into greater intimacy with you. Where there is fear, reveal your love, and
release to them your courage. Where there is a sin blocking them, reveal it, and
break its hold over my friend's life. Bless their finances, give them greater vision,
and raise up leaders, and friends to support, and encourage them. Give each of
them discernment to recognize the evil forces around them, and reveal to them
the power they have in you to defeat it. I ask you to do these things in Jesus' name.

Passing this on to anyone you consider a friend will bless you both.
Passing this on to one not considered a friend is something Christ would do.

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The Prayer Chain
There is always more than one way to beat the devil!
Let's see him stop this one! Here's what the wheel is all about:
When you read this, say a prayer for someone you know and send this item to them.
That's all you have to do....There is nothing attached....
This is powerful....Just send this to four people
and watch God answer prayer in their life.
If you get this back please keep it going...Prayer is one of the
best free gifts we receive.... There is no cost but a lot of rewards....
Let's continue praying for one another.


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I asked God

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said, No. Her spirit was whole, her body was only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience. God said, No. Patience is a by-product of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is earned.

I asked God to give me happiness. God said, No. I give you blessings. Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain. God said, No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said, No. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. God said, No. I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.

I ask God to help me LOVE others as much as he loves me. God said...
Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.
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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 (1584–1654), English jurist, statesman. Table Talk, "Prayer" (1686).

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.

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869–1948), Indian political, spiritual leader. Young India (23 Jan. 1930).

Audible prayer can never do the works of spiritual understanding, which regenerates; but silent prayer, watchfulness, and devout obedience enable us to follow Jesus’ example. Long prayers, superstition, and creeds clip the strong pinions of love, and clothe religion in human forms. Whatever materializes worship hinders man’s spiritual growth and keeps him from demonstrating his power over error.
Mary Baker Eddy (1821–1910), U.S. founder of the Christian Science movement. Science and Health, ch. 1 (1875).

The wish to pray is a prayer in itself … God can ask no more than that of us.
Georges Bernanos (1888–1948), French novelist, political writer. The Diary of a Country Priest, ch. 4 (1936).

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Sir Robert Chiltern, in An Ideal Husband, act 2.
Comment: When God wishes to bless us He fills our soul with His love. God does not want to punish us. Instead, He wants to save us from the punishment of consequences of our sinful nature. PK

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.
W. H. Auden (1907–73), Anglo-American poet. A Certain World, "Prayer, Nature of" (1970).
Comment: We pray to God because God listens. Trees, poems, and landscapes don't listen. They also don't answer. PK

Prayer is translation. A man translates himself into a child asking for all there is in a language he has barely mastered.
Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. "F.," in Beautiful Losers, sct. 18 (1970).

Your cravings as a human animal do not become a prayer just because it is God whom you ask to attend to them.
Dag Hammarskjöld (1905–61), Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of U.N. Markings, "The Middle Years" (1963; written 1941–42).
Comment: Your cravings are already known to God. God responds only as you attempt to control your cravings and living for Him. PK

There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.
Victor Hugo (1802–85), French poet, dramatist, novelist. Marius, in Les Misérables, pt. 4, bk. 5, ch. 4 (1862).
Comment: When we pray, we should be on our spiritual knees in front of the Cross.

Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869–1948), Indian political, spiritual leader. Non-Violence in Peace and War, vol. 2, ch. 77 (1948).

A childish soul not inoculated with compulsory prayer is a soul open to any religious infection.
Alexander Cockburn (b. 1941), Anglo-Irish journalist. Corruptions of Empire, pt. 1, "Heatherdown" (1988; first published 1985).
Comment: A prayer that is compulsory is or will shortly become only a mindless action with no spiritual unction. Real prayer emanates from the center of the soul and is done freely.

The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.
Charles Baudelaire (1821–67), French poet. My Heart Laid Bare (written c. 1865; published in Intimate Journals, sct. 116, 1887; tr. by Christopher Isherwood, 1930; rev. by Don Bachardy, 1989).
Comment: Prayer should not be reserved just for the evening. Prayer should become an attitude we carry on our hearts as well as an exercise of our spirits. PK

Old hands soil, it seems, whatever they caress, but they too have their beauty when they are joined in prayer. Young hands were made for caresses and the sheathing of love. It is a pity to make them join too soon.
André Gide (1869–1951), French author. Journals 1889–1949 (ed. by Justin O’Brien, 1951), entry for 21 Jan. 1929.
Comment: Prayer is most divinely connected when said in faith by a little child. Each of us should pray that the divine faith of a child should carry with them their whole life. PK

PRAYER: May today there be peace within you. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing that you are a child of God. Let His presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, and to bask in the sun. It is there for each and every one of you. Author Unknown, Inspirational Source…God

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