Use devotions to experience life's deepest satisfaction, for sincere prayer can bring daily nourishment and enrich every encounter with blessings of love and serenity.

In Anna Riva's words:

Prayers must always come from the heart. Sometimes help in formulating one's innermost thoughts is needed, and the devotions herein can fill that need.

There are daily, special occasion, and general prayers as well as specific petitions. Among them you will find one to serve your intention or purpose.

Prayer, that approach to the deity in words or thoughts, can provide solace, comfort, guidance, answers, and bring calm peace to the supplicant.

Pray sincerely, pray often, and pray thoughtfully for you may get what you pray for! And, once your plea has been sent on its way, quiet yourself and listen for the answer for it will surely come.





Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger men.

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers pray for power equal to your tasks.

It is good for us to keep some account of our prayers, that we may not unsay them in our practice.

Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be a new feeling and new meaning in it which gives you fresh courage, and you will understand that prayer is an education.

Call on God, but row away from the rocks.

To serve God is not to pass our lives on our knees in prayer; it is to discharge on earth those obligations which our duty requires.

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, although not in the hour or in the measure, or the very thing which they ask; yet they will obtain something greater and more glorious than they had dared to ask.

Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of Thee; Thou only knowest what I need; Thou lovest me better than I know how to love myself.

O Father, give to Thy child that which he himself knows not how to ask. I present myself before Thee, I open my heart to Thee. Behold my needs which I know not myself; see and do according to Thy tender mercy. I offer myself in sacrifice. I yield myself to Thee, I would have no other desire than to accomplish Thy will. Teach me to pray. Pray Thyself in me.

For me, prayer is an uplifting of the heart, a glance toward Heaven, a cry of gratitude and of love in times of sorrow as well as of joy. It is sometimes noble, something supernatural, which expands the soul and unites it to God.

What I have learned is this: that the entire foundation of prayer must be established in humility, and that, the more a soul abases itself in prayer, the higher God raises it.

Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.

When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words than thy words without heart.

A strict belief in fate is the worst kind of slavery; on the other hand there is comfort in the thought that God will be moved by our prayers.

He prays well who is so absorbed with God that he does not know he is praying.

Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.

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