“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.”
-- Mahatma Gandhi
“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
-- Soren Kierkegaard
“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.”
-- Kahlil Gibran, 'The Prophet'
“Help" is a prayer that is always answered. It doesn't matter how you pray--with your head bowed in silence, or crying out in grief, or dancing. Churches are good for prayer, but so are garages and cars and mountains and showers and dance floors. Years ago I wrote an essay that began, "Some people think that God is in the details, but I have come to believe that God is in the bathroom.”
-- Anne Lamott, 'Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith'
“Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage, and you will understand that prayer is an education.”
-- Fyodor Dostoevsky, 'The Brothers Karamazov'