TODAY'S THEME: Prayer & Faith: No Fear
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...I commit myself to pray and not to turn coward -
faint, lose heart, or give up.

Fearlessly and confidently and boldly I draw near to the throne
of grace that I may receive mercy and find grace to help in good
time for every need - appropriate help and well-timed help, coming
just when I need it. This is the confidence that I have in You, that, if
if ask anything according to Your will, You will hear me: and if
I know that You hear me, whatsoever I ask, I know that I
have the petitions that I desired of You.

When I do not know what prayer to offer and how to offer it worthily
as I ought, I thank You, Father, that the Spirit comes to my aid and
bears me up in my weakness. He, the Holy Spirit, goes to meet my
supplication and pleads in my behalf with unspeakable
yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance...

I do not fret or have anxiety about anything, but in every
circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition
with thanksgiving continue to make my wants (and the
wants of others) known to God. Whatever I ask for in prayer,
I believe that it is granted to me, and I will receive it.

The earnest prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous
power available - dynamic in its working. Father, I live in
You - abide virtually united to You - and Your words remain
in me and continue to live in my heart...When I bear much
fruit, You, Father are honored and glorified.

From "Prayers that Avail Much,"
Harrison House, 1991

Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
Unuttered or expressed,
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
the falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of an eye,
When none but God is near.

Prayer is the simplest form of speech
That infant lips can try;
Prayer is the sublimest strains that reach
The Majesty on high.

O Thou, by whom we come to God,
The Life, the Truth, the Way;
The path of prayer Thyself hast trod:
Lord, teach us how to pray!

From a hymn by: James Montgomery (1771-1854)
American newspaper editor
Excerpted from "Great Songs of Faith,"
Complied and edited by Robert K. Brown & Mark R. Norton
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1995


We try to realize the essential unity of the world
with the conscious soul of man;
we learn to perceive the unity held together
by the one Eternal Spirit, whose power creates the earth,
the sky, and the stars,
and at the same time irradiates our minds
with the light of a consciousness
that moves and exists in unbroken
continuity with the outer world.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali poet, philosopher, artist, composer, author


Give us, Lord, a lively faith, a firm hope, a fervent
charity, a love of you. Take away all lukewarmedness in
meditation, dullness in prayer. Give us fervour and
delight in thinking of you and your grace,
your tender compassion towards us.

St. Thomas More (1478-1535)
English lawyer, atuhor and statesman;
He coined the word "utopia"


Let your weakness be dissolved in the worshipful thought
of His strength. It is not necessary to explain things to God,
For He knoweth your need before you speak, and is more
ready to give than you are to ask. When you meditate, turn
away from everything except the one absorbing thought of
His overshadowing Presence. In this way you will become
receptive, and healing will flow through body,
mind, and soul.

Sri Gyanamata
She was an advanced disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda
From "God Alone: The Life and Letters of a Saint"

May we discover through pain and torment,
the strength to live with grace and humor.
May we discover through doubt and anguish,
the strength to live with dignity and holiness.
May we discover through suffering and fear,
the strength to move toward healing.
May it come to pass that we be restored to health and to vigor.
May Life grant us wellness of body, spirit, and mind.
And if this cannot be so, may we find in this transformation and passage
moments of meaning, opportunities for love
and the deep and gracious calm that comes
when we allow ourselves to move on.

Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro
Poet, essayist, Jewish mystical teacher
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Prayer is in its essence the union of the soul with God.
Its effects and fruits are: a pure soul, collection of inner
forces, reconciliation with God, tears, forgiveness of sins,
a bridge which leads us above and over temptation, a
wall of protection against sorrows. It is the work of angels,
a food for all spiritual beings, the joy of eternity, a divine
action, a source of virtues, a treasury of graces; it is spiritual
progress, the food of the soul, revelation, the exclusion of
faint heartedness, a prop for our confidence, a comfort in grief.

St. John Climacus, aka John of the Ladder
6th century Christian monk at the monastery on Mount Sinai
Author of "Ladder of Divine Ascent"


Thou my mother, and my father
Thou my friend, and my teacher
Thou my wisdom, and my riches
Thou art all to me, O God of all

Ramanuja Indian Prayer


Though I walk in the valley overshadowed by death,
I will fear no evil, for You are with me. Your rod and
Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table
before me in view of my tormentors. You anointed
my head with oil, my cup overflows. May only
goodness and kindness pursue me all the
days of my life, and I shall dwell in the
House of Hashem for long days.

Psalm 23: 4-6
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, ltd.

And now, the Last Word:

Prayer is for the soul, what food is for
the body. The blessing of one prayer
lasts until the next, just as the
strength gained from one meal
lasts till the one after.

Jewish Prayer

















































Bonus quote:
The best help in all action is ---
to pray, that is true genius;
then one never goes wrong.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
Danish philosopher and theoloian


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